March 7th, 2016

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Museum “La grange”

Exhibition ISLANDS IN THE SEA

From Sunday 3rd June until 28th October, 2018

Friday 2 pm – 6 pm

Saturday 2 pm – 6 pm

Sunday 2 pm – 6 pm

Guided visits are possible also during the week. Advance booking required.

Entrance : CHF 10.-     AVS/Students : CHF 8.-     Children (<12 ans) : Free     Group (from 8 pers.) : CHF 7.-                Guided visits (on demand) : CHF 80.- + entrance fees

 

 

« Islands in the Sea », a title which evokes images of endless sandy beaches, of deep-blue waters, of atolls, archipelagos, peninsulas and coral reefs – and of green and luscious nature and mysterious virgin forests.

Are included in this exhibition:

– Melville and Bathurst Islands, home to the Tiwi people;

– Elcho Island, part of North East Arnhem Land and home to the Yolngu people;

– Bentinck and Mornington Islands in the Gulf of Carpentaria;

– Torres Strait Islands, situated between Australia and Papua New Guinea;

– Lockhart River on the east coast of Cape York Peninsula;

– Daly River near Darwin;

– Pormpuraaw on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula, Gulf of Carpentaria.

These are islands and peninsulas of different sizes, shapes and nature but common to them all is their rich heritage and their thousands of years’ tradition. The result is an exhibition full of great diversity, enhanced by the artists’ idiosyncratic interpretation of their ancient culture.

Collection of Australian Aboriginal Art

The founders, Theresa and Gérard Burkhardt, of Swiss origin, lived in Australia for twenty-five years during which they acquired Australian citizenship. Curious to know more about their newly adopted country and its first inhabitants and always passionate about art, they discovered Australian Aboriginal art which immediately captivated them through its blend of traditional influence and contemporary interpretation.
Back in Switzerland, they have continued to support Indigenous cultures by creating a museum for contemporary Australian Aboriginal art, called “La grange”. Their important collection has become a part of the Burkhardt-Felder Foundation Arts and Culture.

 

The museum “La grange” organizes temporary exhibitions, which usually last one opening season (June to October), or longer. Accordingly, its first exhibition Treasures of the Spirit was intended to draw the visitor’s attention to the spiritual concept of the Indigenous people of Australia. The second exhibition, Visions aborigènes, was a celebration of their rich and complex culture, placing emphasis on their particular ways of seeing and perceiving their environment. In 2012, “La grange” had the privilege of showing the incredibly intricate and beautiful linocuts and etchings of Dennis Nona, who originates from the Torres Strait Islands, Australia. In his work, the accomplished printmaker recounts the myths and legends of his islands. The current exhibition Sky and Desert draws on creation stories and life in the desert, astounding the viewer by the power, the strength and the sensitivity that the artworks reveal.

See a video of the museum (TV report 2011)

March 7th, 2016

The 18th Century Barn of the Château d’Ivernois

Built in 1721, the barn (grange in French) is an annex of the Château d’Ivernois. Its new owner, the Burkhardt-Felder Foundation Arts and Culture spent four years restoring it.
The building’s original structure was carefully maintained. One of its particularities is a beam of 18.22 meters, the longest found in the area of Neuchâtel.
Inaugurated in 2008, the museum, christened “La grange”, serves to accommodate and exhibit the Foundation’s Aboriginal art collection from Australia.
This enchanting space is now filled with the mysteries and the spirituality that emanate from the works of contemporary Australian Aboriginal artists.

 

 

© Fondation Burkhardt-Felder Arts et Culture 2015