My 1871. Traces, Fates, Stories

The Bourbaki Panorama’s message of peace remains undisputedly relevant to this day. The immense circular painiting traces personal fates and political events and grants multi-faceted insights into the history of everyday life, art, culture, and the media. It tells hundreds of stories about the internment of the Bourbaki Army in 1871 and inspires introspection – about the past as well as the present.

Experience the events of the internment firsthand in the current in-depth exhibition “My 1871. Traces, Fates, Stories”, tracing the footsteps of the young villager Joséphine, the soldier’s horse Feuille as well as the Red Cross helper, and eventual painter of the circular painting, Edouard Castres. Get hands-on at interactive stations and get a tangible idea of the events with the help of original memorabilia and the impressive panoramic film. Set out and follow your path.

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New in-depth exhibition

The updated in-depth exhibition provides detailed insights into the internment of the Bourbaki Army in 1871 and is accompanied by a rich programme of guided tours and events. Details can also be found in the flyer (in German).

Panoramic film

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.

The description can also be found in the flyer.