Switzerland, the Mountains and the Swiss Alpine Club. An Exhibition
From 20th of april 2013 until 30th of march 2014
Switzerland without the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) is as inconceivable as Switzerland without mountains. The Swiss Alpine Club has shaped and influenced Switzerland over the past 150 years. It has been a sports club, a language club, a cultural club, a political club and a nature clube, all in one. And still is today. More than ever.
The exhibition «Helvetia Club» at the Swiss Alpine Museum look back, 150 years after the foundation of the SAC, over the club’s rich past, and forwards, from the present to the future. The building at Helvetiaplatz 4 is being transformed into a history-laden mountain chalet, right in the centre of town. The exhibition – in the recreation room, kitchen and sleeping quarters of that chalet – tells tales of sensations on the summit and descents into the valley, of cameraderie and conflicts, of women’s issues and environmental concerns. The climb up to this mountain hut is not steep, for a change, but the panorma is all the more surprising.
Mountaineering in the Media Age
From 25th of April 2014 until 22th of February 2015
«Going it alone through the south face of Annapurna», «Tailback on Everest», «0-year-old climbs the world’s highest mountain». Extreme mountaineers and rare female climbers regularly feature in the headlines. They literally demand media attention and actively co-direct how they are reported on. As authors of their success, they keep diaries, take photographs, make films, hold lectures, write books, and take a stand in magazine articles, interviews and blogs. The exhibition “Himalaya Report” uses the example of the Neuenburg doctor Jules Jacot Guillarmod and his English mountaineering partner Aleister Crowley to show how this media trend all began. In 1902 Guillarmod took the first photograph of K2. His diary entries and photographs are regarded to this very day as reportage at its best. “Himalaya Report” follows the historical trail, highlights the subsequent development with Swiss examples from the collection of the Alpine Museum and ends with the real-time reporting in our day. The topic will also be dealt with in even greater detail in the accompanying events.
In collaboration with the Museum d’histoire naturelle in Neuchatel and the Association Jules Jacot Guillarmod.
The book to the exhibition:
Charlie Buffet: Jules Jacot Guillarmod – Pionier am K2. Entdecker und Fotograf im Himalaya,
Published by AS Verlag Zurich, pp. 160, 200 illustrations.