Photo GalleryMarch 21st, 2016
The vernissage of “Waii, The Engraved Work of Dennis Nona, Torres Strait Islands, Australia” took place on Saturday, 2nd June 2012 in the presence of the artist. Over 150 people admired Dennis Nona’s outstanding technique and his beautifully intricate linocuts and etchings. It is Dennis Nona’s first exhibition in Switzerland and is organized in partnership with Arts d’Australie – Stéphane Jacob, Paris, The Australian Art Print Network, Sydney and Queensland (QIAMEA), Australia
The Vernissage of « Visions aborigènes » took place on Saturday, 8th May 2010. Over a hundred guests attended to enter ‘the world of seeing’ by Aboriginal artists in Australia.
« Visions aborigènes » is an important exhibition that celebrates Australian Aboriginal people’s unique ‘ways of seeing’, as expressed through their visual art. In terms of scope, as well as curatorial depth and complexity, « Visions aborigènes » builds on the 2008 exhibition of works from the Burkhardt-Felder Collection, titled « Treasures of the Spirit » (Dr. Christine Nicholls, in the catalogue « Visions aborigènes », 2010 p. 5.
On a splendid summer day in June 2008, about 200 invited guests gathered under the Linden trees in the courtyard of the Château d’Ivernois to celebrate the opening of the Musée « La grange » and the vernissage of the exhibition « Treasures of the Spirit », a voyage across Aboriginal Australia.
Theresa Burkhardt welcomed the guests warmly and spoke of the fulfillment of a dream for herself and her husband, both co-founders of the Burkhardt-Felder Foundation Arts and Culture.
After acknowledging the fine results achieved in the restoration of the Château d’Ivernois and its domain, Frédéric Geissbuhler, member of the Foundation committee and former partner of PriceWaterhouseCooper, introduced the speakers.
The Consul General of Australia in Switzerland, Ken Pascoe, conveyed the message of H.E. Ian Kemish AM, Australian Ambassador for Switzerland and patron of this exhibition.
Jean-Frédéric Jauslin, Director of the Swiss Office for Culture and co-patron of the exhibition was represented by Urs Staub, Director of the Art and Design Department.
Sylvie Perrinjaquet, MP, and Vincent Desaulles, President of Môtiers, spoke on behalf of the Canton and the municipality.
Jacques Hainard, former director and curator of the Museum of Ethnology in Neuchatel and director of the Museum of Ethnology in Geneva, spoke passionately of ethnic vs. contemporary art.
Dr. Christine Nicholls, Professor at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, talked about her experience of living with an Aboriginal community in a remote part of Australia for 12 years.
Proceeding to the actual opening, Sylvie Perrinjaquet, in her capacity as Minister of Culture for Neuchâtel, cut ceremoniously the red ribbon in front of the museum, whereupon Gérard Burkhardt declared the museum open.
A plate was fixed onto the wall at the entry of the museum to commemorate this event. The guests then entered the exhibition « Treasures of the Spirit », so named to illustrate the spiritual concept of the Aborigines, their respect for nature and their profound attachment to their ancestral lands.
Dr. Christine Nicholls, an expert on Aboriginal art and with a profound knowledge of Aboriginal culture, stood in front of several paintings to explain to the fascinated visitors the meaning of Dreaming as well as the spirituality that is inherent in Aboriginal art.
© Fondation Burkhardt-Felder Arts et Culture 2015