Located under the panorama round picture on the first floor, the deepening exhibition conveys historical background and shows the significance of the picture. The film and the exhibits in the showcases are coordinated in a dialogue, and the visitor's experience is enhanced by personal testimonies in the film as well as original documents and objects in the showcases. Visitors can catch a glimpse behind the scenes of the panorama in the capsule - a caesura-like space behind the projection screen. He recognises a part of the faux-terrain that is not visible when looking at the panorama image on the upper floor. Icy green-grey on the capsule walls echoes the colour and mood of the original work.
The film is projected onto a circular shell that dissolves the 16-cornered wall structure of the building. A contemporary mass medium itself, the film transports the meaning of the panoramic image into the present without competing with it. The film deepens the historical theme and presents additional details and information. Individual fates and the solidarity of the Swiss population are brought closer to the viewer, as is the creation of the picture. The unusual visual and auditory experience in the picture room, complemented by the immersion in the exhibition one floor below, leaves a lasting impression on visitors.
Special exhibition: Visual Wonders. Trickery, Deception & Illusion
Humans have been fascinated by optical illusions for hundreds of years. Garden-shed inventors dupe their audience with trickery and deception and use their amazing viewing devices to astonish their onlookers, make them laugh and send shivers down their spine. Inventions such as the peep box, praxinoscope and flip-book were groundbreaking stages in the process of developing static images into moving images.
From the 1780s, panoramas set a milestone in the creation of illusionary worlds — the first mass media of their time. In today’s digital world, such visual wonders and optical illusions have lost none of their magic — virtual reality is not a modern invention.
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