Previous Exhibitions and Events :

March 21st, 2016

June 1, 2013 to October 25. 2015

 

17 – 18 May 2014

 

 

June 3 to October 28, 2012

 

 

February 28 to March 23, 2012

 

 

Exhibition at the Palais des Nations Unies à Genève

 

May 13 to October 16, 2011

 

 

14 – 15 May 2011

 

 

15 – 16 May 2010

 

 

June 29 to September 28, 2008

 

 

Sky and Desert

March 21st, 2016

From June 1, 2013 to October 25, 2015

skycouvertureFeaturing artworks of more than 40 different artists from the Australian desert. It is in the far remoteness of the desert where the contemporary Aboriginal art movement began. This exhibition is a celebration of artists who started to paint on canvas late in life to transmit ancient knowledge to their descendants in a more lasting way. Works of young artists, wanting to perpetuate the traditions of their people, are equally exhibited, surprising us with their technique and their innovation. The colours of this exhibition are rich and intense, reminding us of the desert, its burnt soil, its infinite vastness, its richness in myths and legends and site of ancestors’ travels. Compounding this energy is the fascination of the Aboriginal people with the cosmos, the importance of stars in their daily life, their interpretation of the universe, the mythological significance of the Southern Cross. Amongst the artworks presented is a canvas 7 m long, showing the night sky of the Southern Hemisphere. Canvasses of this size painted by one person only are rather rare. Generally, these are the result of collaborative efforts by several artists.

 

Nuit et journée des musées 2010

March 21st, 2016

15 and 16 May 2010

Programm

Rencontre avec les “Visions aborigènes” d’Australie: toute nouvelle exposition avec des œuvres qui invitent à la quête intérieure et qui distillent savoir et beauté. A voir absolument!

  • Nouvelle exposition
  • Dégustation de vins et de vins mousseux australiens avec le concours de la Maison RTEmagicC_wyhus_ryf_11.jpg
  • Présentations thématiques par les professionnels du musée
  • Films sur l’art aborigène australien

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treasures of the Spirit

March 9th, 2016

From June 28 to September 28, 2008treasures_spirit

A Voyage across Aboriginal Australia

Under the patronage of HE Ian Kemish, Australian Ambassador for Switzerland and Jean-Frederic Jauslin, Director of the Swiss Federal Office for Culture

This exhibition is unique in Switzerland in that it is exclusively dedicated to Australian Aboriginal art. Indeed, the Burkhardt-Felder Foundation Arts and Culture presents a part of its collection to the public in form of a voyage across Aboriginal Australia, introducing the visitor to the diversity and richness of Aboriginal artwork in Australia. Aboriginal art may look back on a continuous tradition of 60’000 years. The works of more than fifty artists are on show in the museum « La grange ». Being an annex of the Château d’Ivernois (1721), it was carefully renovated to create a mystical space to accommodate the Aboriginal art collection.

Prior to being incorporated into the Burkhardt-Felder Foundation Arts and Culture, the collection was put together by Gérard and Theresa Burkhardt during their 25-year stay in Australia. Questioned on the title of the exhibition, Theresa, who has initiated this exciting venture together with her husband Gérard, explains that these works express the Dreaming, or the spiritual concept of the Aborigines, their respect for nature and their deep attachment to their ancestral lands. The title Treasures of the Spirit reflects the mystery and spirituality emanating from these works.

The Vernissage of ‘Treasures of the Spirit’ took place on 28th June 2008 in the presence of the Australian General-Consul as well as national and international personalities from the political and cultural fields. Having been met with great interest, the exhibition continued into 2009.

The entire exhibition is available for rental. Information at fondation-bf(at)bluewin.ch

The exhibition catalogue with essays from experts on Aboriginal art, explaining the concept of Dreamtime and Dreaming, is available at the museum’s Boutique or can be ordered by mail.  Please refer to information under Boutique.

Museum day and night 2011

March 9th, 2016

14 and 15 May 2011

Night programm

  • Dégustation de vins et de vins mousseux australiens avec le concours de la Maison RTEmagicC_wyhus_ryf_11.jpg
  • Projection d’un documentaire sur un artiste aborigène australien et son travail.

 

 

 

 

A 20h30, 21h30, 22h30:

  • Présentation d’outils et d’objets cérémonials des Aborigènes autraliens.

 

 

 

Entrée gratuite

 

Day programm

  • Dégustation de vins et de vins mousseux australiens avec le concours de la Maison 
  • Projection d’un documentaire sur un artiste aborigène australien et son travail.

 

 

 

 

A 13h00, 14h00, 15h00, 16h00 et 17h00 :

  • Présentation d’outils et d’objets cérémonials des Aborigènes australiens.

 

 

 

Entrée gratuite

 

Visions aborigènes

March 9th, 2016

From May 13 to October 16, 2012Affiche_A3_2010.indd

Under the patronage of His Excellency, Mr. Peter Tesch,
Ambassador of Australia in Switzerland

One of the aims of the Burkhardt-Felder Arts and Culture Foundation is to promote the magnificence of contemporary Australian Aboriginal art. After Treasures of the Spirit, its first exhibition, which encountered great enthusiasm amongst its visitors, the Museum “La grange” is proud to present Visions aborigènes under the patronage of His Excellency, Mr. Peter Tesch, Ambassador of Australia in Switzerland.

With a surface of 7.7 million square kilometres (one hundred and eighty six times the size of Switzerland or fourteen times that of France), Australia is a multicultural continent where more than 450,000 Aborigines, or about 2.3 % of the total population, reside. The carefully selected oeuvres exhibited in “La grange” pay homage to the diversity of Australian Aboriginal art. Artworks from the Kimberley and the Arnhem Land, from the coastal areas and the desert as well as from the cities are represented. Common to all these artistic expressions is the almost palpable love and respect that the Aborigines have for their country. To them, the morphology of the landscape symbolizes the materialization of the Ancestral Beings who gave them the codes and rules for social life. Their mythical presence confers a sacred aura to the traditional territories and is celebrated in ceremonial activity.

Themes in Aboriginal art are mostly based on the knowledge handed down by Ancestor Creators through Dreaming narratives. In this exhibition, the visitor will be able to engage with the universal concept of the Aborigines from entire Australia.

The entire exhibition is available for rental. Information at fondation-bf(at)bluewin.ch

The exhibition catalogue, which presents an excellent introduction into Australian Aboriginal art, is available at the museum’s Boutique or can be ordered by mail. Please refer to information under Boutique.

Aboriginal Dreamtime

March 9th, 2016

From 28 February to March 23, 2012

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From 28 February until 23rd March, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, nineteen selected works from the Burkhardt-Felder Foundation Arts and Culture are being exhibited, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations. It is a privilege for us to be able to show to a distinguished international community part of our collection.

Speech of the museum’s curator at the opening.

 

 

 

Waii, The Engraved Work of Dennis Nona, Torres Strait Islands, Australia

March 9th, 2016

From June 3 to October 28, 2012affichenona

For the first time in Switzerland, the museum “La grange” shows the engraved work of Dennis Nona, widely acknowledged to be one of the most important Torres Strait Islander artists. His skill and constant innovation have resulted in works of great beauty and complexity. Anchored in his native culture, Dennis Nona’s oeuvre evokes the ancient myths and legends of his islands. Whereas traditional Torres Strait Islander art would be based on a single image, he is able to relate an entire narrative in one graphic work. His incredibly intricate and beautiful linocuts, etchings and sculptures are being collected by major Australian museums and international institutions.

Dennis Nona has gained wide recognition and received major awards such as the prestigious Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

The museum «La grange» will exhibit over 50 engravings of this exceptional artist and print maker.

In partnership with:

  • Arts d’Australie – Stéphane Jacob, Paris. www.artsdaustralie.com
  • The Australian Art Print Network, Sydney
  • L’Etat du Queensland (QIAMEA).

 

 

 

 

 

Exposition «Waii l'oeuvre gravé de Dennis Nona» au musée «La grange»

Waii, The Engraved Work of Dennis Nona, museum “La Grange”, Môtiers.

Dennis Nona devant son oeuvre à Môtiers (juin 2012)

Dennis Nona, museum “La grange”, Môtiers (June 2012)

Dennis Nona «Saulal», eau forte , 2010, Collection Fondation Burkhardt-Felder Arts et Culture, Môtiers Gagnant de la catégorie Works on Paper, 2010 du Telstra National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Art Award

Dennis Nona, Saulal, Etching, 2010, Collection Fondation Burkhalter-Felder-Arts et Culture, Môtiers. Winner Works on Paper, 2010, Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award

Dennis Nona «Guthath Au Ulakalal», linogravure coloriée à la main, 2005, Collection Fondation Burkhardt-Felder Arts et Culture, Môtiers

Dennis Nona «Guthath Au Ulakalal», linocut, hand coloured, 2005, Fondation Burkhardt-Felder Arts et Culture, Môtiers.

 

 

© Fondation Burkhardt-Felder Arts et Culture 2015