The cheerful exhibition Plouf! A History of Swimming in the Léman provides a playful means to learn about the history of the Lake and its significance over the years to fans of its shores and waters. It’s especially informative when combined with a tour of the Museum’s permanent collection of historical artefacts.
Three museums in Morges will be the setting for an exploration of the fashion legend’s oeuvre including pieces created especially for the films and private life of his famous client, who lived in nearby Tolochenaz. From the 20th May and continuing until 17th September, lovers of haute couture and of cinema will have an extraordinary opportunity to visit a unique retrospective that explores — for only the third time internationally — the life’s work of one of haute couture’s greatest designers, Hubert de Givenchy. In this context, it will also look at the unparalleled professional collaboration and personal friendship that Givenchy enjoyed with his muse, the celebrated actress and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn, which defined her unique look and that of an era and which continues to influence fashion to this day.
The evocative and beautifully curated exhibition “A Chinese Adventure: A Swiss family in pursuit of success in the Celestial Empire” tells a story not often associated with the prosperous Switzerland we know today: that of a young Swiss man seeking his fortune in a far off land of unknown mysteries, great uncertainty and no small amount of peril. But things were different in 1859 when 19-year-old Pierre-Frédéric Loup from the Val-de-Travers in Canton Neuchâtel set off on a two-month journey by coach, rail and steamship via the Mediterranean, Egypt, India, Singapore, and Saigon to Hong Kong to join compatriot Eugène Borel in selling Swiss timepieces to the Imperial Court.
Although technology-driven and educational, “Nest” bursts with fun, humor and heart — and conjures lots of fond food memories — so its message is never out of the reach of even the youngest visitor. On 15 June 2016, the CHF50 million “discovery center” Nest opened its doors to the public in the stunningly renovated factory space in Vevey where Henry Nestlé invented in 1867 and went on to manufacture his groundbreaking, lifesaving powdered baby formula (farine lactée). Elements of the original factory, including metal girders, patched-up brick walls, and a looming facade that was once the external wall of the original workplace have been cleverly enfolded within a spacious, glass fronted structure.
Ten years in the making, the newly opened Chaplin’s World in Corsier-sur-Vevey wins over visitors of all ages with an immersive look into its beloved subject’s life that cleverly mixes memories, imagination, humour and oodles of heart. In September 1952, Charles Chaplin left his home in Los Angeles and boarded a ship in New York with his wife Oona and their young children to attend the premiere of his latest film “Limelight” in London. The next day, the US attorney general revoked Chaplin’s re-entry permit largely based on the latter’s political views, which were thought to be pro-Communist. When Chaplin received the news he cut his ties with the United States and within four months had settled into the Manoir de Ban, an elegant mansion at Corsier-sur-Vevey with a 3.5 hectare estate and stunning views over Lake Geneva. “Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles.” – Charlie Chaplin Here he spent the last 25 years of his life, living and realizing his creative projects in peace, accepted by the local population …
More than any other painter, in my opinion, the great Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669) captured in his paintings the essence of his sitter’s soul. Yet to some fine art experts he was an even better engraver than painter. A stunning exhibition entitled Rembrandt in Geneva of some 100 of his etchings at the Domaine de Penthes in Pregny-Chambésy until 23 October offers visitors the chance to decide if they agree with the scholars. Whether or not they do, there’s no doubt that inspired genius pored from Rembrandt’s fingertips.