What unites a community?

As always, the online art gallery invites you to visit different museums, different exhibitions in France or Switzerland. Each of these excursions responds to the purpose and desire to take the majority of them with them to this cultural event. We invite you to use our professional knowledge to talk about different subjects, abstract art, sculptures… Take your chance!
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Until August 22, 2022

Switzerland is a country of immigrants and emigrants, and only the four official national languages ​​ensure a constant mixture. But also the different faiths and religions as well as the exchanges between the city and the countryside contribute to it. Switzerland has always lived with these differences and what they have in common. A look at the development of Switzerland clearly shows that it was only the unification of the confederation of states into a federal state in 1848, as part of the global formation of nation-states, that made the country a whole. Postal, customs, financial and legal systems were standardized at this time, but many differences between individual regions remained.
What binds them together is always the desire for a common history, which is evident in particular in the creation of the Swiss National Museum 1892–98 as a national museum. It has become a place where the country’s history has been revisited time and time again over generations, and has been and continues to be told in new and different ways.

Ideas and identity
The Swiss National Museum also has the task of dealing with the idea and identity of the country. But what makes Switzerland what it is or what it appears to be? Ideas Switzerland, an installation in the entrance area of ​​the new National Museum, answers this question and raises many other questions about their own history for visitors: Are the Swiss more urban or rural? Why are the politicians in this country considered modest and close to the people? What are the advantages and disadvantages when everyone in the population has a say?
The answers to this can be discovered and deciphered in examples of five important personalities and in their works.
Four archive cabinets were opened, exhibiting important writings for Switzerland by Pettermann Etterlin, Jean Calvin, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Henry Dunant as well as exhibitions relating to their reception, which continues to this day.

The famous map of Switzerland, named after its founder Guillaume-Henri Dufour, is presented in the exhibition along with the original print plates on which it is based.
In addition, the relief of Saint-Gothard exhibited at Expo Milano 2016 invites you to reflect on the place and the idea of ​​Switzerland. These installations are supplemented by multimedia books which relate to the present and reveal the behaviors and mechanisms of Switzerland and its inhabitants.

Event information

Until 19. August 2022
Landesmuseum Zürich

Postfach
Museumstrasse 2
8021 Zürich
+41 44 218 65 11
info@nationalmuseum.ch
+41 44 218 65 09

Opening hours

So, Di, Mi, Fr, Sa 10:00 – 17:00
Do 10:00 – 19:00