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SWISS. BROWN. BREEDING. Not natural, all cultural | From April 7th to December 4th 2022
What colours are the cows in our pastures? Brown? Black? Pied?
The animals we see in our pastures today are the result of millennia of cattle farming and breeding. From the aurochs to today’s high-production cow.
Breeding nowadays looks deep into the essence of the animal, into its genes. Will we be allowed to manipulate those too? Is there even a future for cattle breeding? Besides such social questions, the cow itself is also at the centre of the exhibition; how much does a cow drink? What does it eat? How much milk does it produce? And what are the relationships like between farmers and their cows?
“SWISS. BROWN. BREEDING.” is an exhibition for animal enthusiasts, cow lovers, cattle sceptics, breeders and, in particular, for families that would like to delve into the world of all things bovine.
"Yesterday's snow - in the pre-Alps" November 26th 2020 to April 5th 2021
In the 1960s and 1970s, numerous small ski resorts were set up in the pre-Alps. Skiing became a popular sport, and almost every school child had the opportunity to give it a try. Many gained their first experience of winter sports in the Nollen, Raten or Sattel-Hochstuckli areas. Nowadays many of the ski resorts in the pre-Alps are fighting to survive. Due to the increased absence of snow, they are finding it hard to remain viable. Despite the availability of snow cannons, winter sports as we know them today will probably have disappeared from low-lying areas by the middle of the 21st century.
The exhibition takes a retrospective look at a time when winter sports in the pre-Alps were booming and attracted huge numbers to the slopes, cross-country ski tracks and sledge runs. It also touches on current topics such as climate change, highlights the consequences and asks what the future holds for winter sports in the Alpine foothills.
"Emergency! Switzerland during the Cold War" June 19th 2019 to March 17th 2020
2019 saw the 30th anniversary of the end of the Cold War. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the political upheaval in the Eastern bloc states represented an historical caesura. Since the end of the Second World War, the conflicting political systems adopted by the United States of America (US) and the Soviet Union (USSR) had competed with each other. This split the world into two blocs, ignited a dangerous arms race and led to ideological disputes.
The international tension was also palpable in Switzerland. Politics, society, the economy and culture were much affected by the Cold War and its enemy stereotypes. The political climate was characterised by anti-communist bias. The Swiss government prepared its army for a conflict with the Eastern bloc as an external enemy. Internally, it monitored dissidents on the political left, intellectuals and pacifists.
After a phase of relative ease in the 1970s, a peace and anti-nuclear movement began to mobilise against rearmament in the early 1980s. This also led to socio-political tensions in Switzerland and threatened to disrupt social cohesion. The “Fichenskandal” or “secret files scandal” and an initiative that called for the Swiss army to be abolished in 1989 brought the lines of conflict into public focus but also brought a new dynamic into the hardened enemy stereotypes and intransigent positions.