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Special Exhibition

June 19th 2019 to January 26th 2020

EMERGENCY! SWITZERLAND DURING THE COLD WAR

Tour in 3d

From April 2, 2020, the special exhibition will be accessible virtually in 3d on this website. Set the full screen mode and follow the white circles. Click and zoom on the objext and texts to view them up close. You can find audio and video contributions in the colored circles. Unfortunately they are all in German language. The Museum Brug Zug thanks the photographer Heike Witzgall from Cham, who recorded and created the 3d tour. Further information on 3d technology and Heike Witzgall can be found on her website: www.witzgall-3d.com

The exhibition closes earlier

Due to the current situation around the corona virus and the closure of all museums by the decree of the Federal Council (COVID-19 regulation 2) of March 16, 2020, the special exhibition «Emergency! Switzerland in the Cold War ended early on March 17, 2020. We thank you for your understanding.

About the exhibition
2019 will see the 30
th 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. Characteristic traits of the Cold War included the pervading fear of a nuclear war as well as mutual feelings of distrust and suspicion. From the 1970s onwards, social demands increasingly began to override the political and ideological conflict.

The «balance of terror» was also tangible in Switzerland. Politics, society, the economy and culture were much affected by the Cold War and its enemy stereotypes. The political climate was highly charged and characterised by anti-communist bias. Against the background of a growing anti-nuclear and peace movement, Switzerland experienced socio-political tensions that erupted publicly in 1989 with the «Fichenskandal» or secret files scandal and an initiative that called for the Swiss army to be abolished launched by GSoA, the Group for a Switzerland Without an Army.

The exhibition traces the formation of bipolar worldviews during the Cold War period, outlines the mutual enemy stereotypes and highlights the political and social antagonisms that arose from them.

 

The leaflet of the exhibition and its events is only available in German. You can download it here.

 

  • Kalter Krieg - Karikatur
  • Ernstfall! Blick in die Ausstellung 1
  • Ernstfall! Blick in die Ausstellung 8
  • Ernstfall! Blick in die Ausstellung 2
  • Ernstfall! Blick in die Ausstellung 7
  • Ernstfall! Blick in die Ausstellung 3
  • Ernstfall! Blick in die Ausstellung 6
  • Ernstfall! Blick in die Ausstellung 4
  • Ernstfall! Blick in die Ausstellung 5
  • Ernstfall! Blick in die Ausstellung 9
  • transport bloodhound 1
  • transport bloodhound 2
  • transport bloodhound 3

 

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