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Andrej Abplanalp
Historian and communications chief of the Swiss National Museum.

15. February 2019

Art | Modern Age | Culture | World of museums | Article | Featured

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From romantic drama to art foundation

As the 19th century drew to a close, Lydia Welti-Escher’s unhappy love affair led to the establishment of the Gottfried Keller Foundation. And the suicide of the daughter of magnate Alfred Escher.

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30. January 2019

Modern Age | Jewelry | Politics | Article | Featured

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The winged lion of Zurich

Zurich – Bern – Venice. No, it’s not an Interrail route, but a 17th-century alliance. A valuable drinking vessel in the shape of a lion commemorates this.

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12. December 2018

Art | 20th / 21st century | Religion | Culture | Economy | Article | Featured

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Wooden nativity scenes from the Bernese Oberland

Wooden nativity scenes from Brienz have a long tradition in Switzerland. The original design was created by Hans Huggler-Wyss in 1915.

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28. September 2018

Photography | 20th / 21st century | Culture | Economy | Article | Featured

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The flying photographer

Walter Mittelholzer was a prominent photographer in the early 20th century. The pilot took photos from a bird’s-eye view and sold them very successfully.

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8. May 2018

War/battle | Modern Age | Politics | Article | Featured

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Henry Dunant – A tragic hero

Even today Henry Dunant is revered as the father of the Red Cross. People happily forget the fact that the man from Geneva spent many years living in poverty and ignored by society – and that Dunant actually pursued colonial objectives.

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