Category: Series

8. May 2020

20th / 21st century | Art

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Extreme pictures from extreme times

by Kurt Messmer

Two German painters, contemporaries, reacted to the ‘age of catastrophe’ of 1914-1945 in very different ways. One painted a harsh and objective depiction of the world he saw. The other persisted in a rural idyll. Both approaches are political.

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3. January 2020

20th / 21st century | Photography

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The milk supplier of Bulle

by Aaron Estermann

There was a time before mobile phones. A time when press photographers were the eyes of an entire nation. Many of the images they captured are now forgotten, such as this photo reportage on the dairy industry in Bulle.

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18. December 2019

20th / 21st century | Politics

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The battle for Zaffaraya

by Aaron Estermann

In November 1987, Bern police cleared Zaffaraya. It was one of the flashpoints of youth rioting in the 1980s.

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20. November 2019

20th / 21st century | Photography

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Federal Councillor’s public appearance

by Aaron Estermann

There was a time before mobile phones, a time when press photographers were the eyes of an entire nation. Many of the images they captured are now forgotten. For example, Federal Councillor Rudolf Minger’s appearance at Bern’s Reithalle riding arena in November 1940.

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29. June 2018

20th / 21st century | Culture

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The long road to enlargement

by Alexander Rechsteiner

Behind what in 2016 became reality lay over 100 years of planning. Funding issues, quarrels and a retirement stood in the way of enlarging the National Museum throughout the 20th century.

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