Crossing Boundaries. Curiosity, Hope, Courage
When was the last time you crossed a boundary? Do you know your own limits? When have they been crossed? Situations involving boundaries, borders and limits are commonplace. They are ambivalent–both a challenge and an opportunity, both danger and enrichment. Beyond the visual narration of boundary and border crossings, the Bourbaki Panorama is also expanding the boundaries of perception as a medium, creating the optical illusion of a boundless expanse.
To commemorate the crossing of the border by the French Bourbaki Army 150 years ago, the Bourbaki Panorama Museum invites you on a voyage of discovery in the world of boundaries, borders and limits: Inspired by the monumental circular painting, the museum offers encounters with and reflections on diverse, contemporary borderlines. Get to know stories about boundaries in the special exhibition, test your own limits and discover your potential for crossing them!
The special exhibition is launched as part of the commemorative year «Solidarity crosses borders. 150 Years of Bourbakis in Switzerland 1871-2021». It is accompanied by a wide range of guided tours and events.
The exhibition is also suitable for younger museum visitors. Children can explore various border situations in a picture puzzle. Groups and school classes benefit from special guided tours with references to the special exhibition.
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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