Category: 20th / 21st century

26. June 2018

20th / 21st century | World of museums

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A tour of the National Museum around 1900

After the National Museum opened 120 years ago it quickly began drawing large numbers of visitors. A tour of the National Museum at the turn of the 20th must have been an impressive but, at the same time, taxing experience.

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25. June 2018

20th / 21st century | World of museums

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The National Museum’s opening parade in 1898

Exactly 120 years ago today, in the afternoon of 25 June 1898, the three-day festivities marking the opening of Switzerland’s National Museum culminated in a lavish parade through downtown Zurich. The individual cantons presented themselves on the theme “Local Swiss costumes in portraits of traditional life”.

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7. June 2018

20th / 21st century | Photography

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A platform above the storm

World Press Photo has rewarded the world’s best press photos since 1955. It all started with an association of Dutch photo journalists.

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4. June 2018

20th / 21st century | Culture

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Ornaments divided opinion

In the nineteenth century, a heated debate broke out about ornaments and their production. The issue dominated the world of art and culture and was a turning point in the aesthetics of modernity.

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22. May 2018

20th / 21st century | War/battle

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Steel helmet on!

Some soldiers who enlisted to fight in the First World War still wore caps, though the army soon realised that only steel helmets could protect heads against shrapnel injuries.

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