Category: Culture

12. December 2018

20th / 21st century | Religion

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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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5. December 2018

20th / 21st century | Culture

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Toni Vescoli and the beatniks

Toni Vescoli was part of Zurich’s beatnik scene in the late 1960s. The musician looks back on his early days, when long hair was still frowned upon and guitar music was the work of the devil.

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30. November 2018

20th / 21st century | Culture

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Warhol, Tinguely, Polke and the escape into cursing

What demon had taken hold of Sigmar Polke when he created his ‘Schimpftuch’ in 1968? And what statement does Tinguely’s beer bottle-smashing machine make? We don’t know. What is beyond doubt, though, is that these artworks truly defined a style.

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26. October 2018

20th / 21st century | Economy

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SAFIR – an automobile from West Zurich

From 1913 to 1991, the present-day home of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and lofty Prime Tower was a major centre for the production of gears, pumps and machine tools. And from 1907 to 1910 was the birthplace of a few dozen SAFIR brand automobiles.

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12. October 2018

Modern Age | Politics

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Aïssé – from slave to socialite

Her story sounds like a fairy tale from One Thousand and One Nights: as a child, Aïssé (1693/4-1733) found herself on the slave market in Constantinople and grew up in Parisian high society.

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