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A Magic Lantern

The Society's Last Overseas Trip

Section of the Bourbaki Panorama

Section of the Bourbaki Panorama

The Society’s Swiss Trip 2007

On Friday 8th June 2007 a group of the Society’s members set off by coach from Geneva for a tour of Switzerland. The main purpose of the trip was to visit three of the surviving panoramas, but we also wanted to see some of the other delights that Switzerland has to offer.

First stop on the Friday was the Museum Neuhaus in Biel. This museum houses the William Piasio Archaeology of the Cinema Collection. We then stopped at one of our member’s houses for a garden party and an opportunity to see his collection, before traveling to Berne and a meal in a local restaurant.

On Saturday we traveled to Einsiedeln to visit the panorama, which is a representation of the Crucifixion. This is a fairly new panorama, the previous historic panorama having been destroyed in a fire in 1960. The next stop was in Luzern where we visited the Bourbaki Panorama. This depicts an incident from the Franco-Prussian War when 88,000 French soldiers crossed the border into Switzerland for asylum. The panorama was originally painted in 1881. We then traveled back to Berne.

Section of the Einsiedeln Panorama

Section of the Einsiedeln Panorama

On Sunday Thun to visit the Wocher-Panorama, painted by Marquard Wocher between 1809 and 1814. It is the oldest surviving panorama in the world. The scene is the town of Thun painted from the roof of one of the houses, and the activity in the town and in the windows of the houses is painted with great cheerfulness. The trip continued to Prangins where we visited the Chateau Prangins. This houses the Swiss National Museum, and an incredible peep box. The tour ended in Geneva.

 

Detail from the Thun Panorama

Detail from the Thun Panorama

 

 

Websites relevant to the places on the Society itinerary are:
www.mn-biel.ch - with brief details of the Cine collection William Piasio: l’archeologie du cinema.
www.panorama-einsiedeln.ch a multilingual site detailing its panorama of the Crucifixion.
www.diorama.ch/english gives full details of the Diorama Bethlehem
www.bourbakipanorama.ch gives details of the Bourbaki Panorama in Lucerne,
www.kunstmuseum-thun.ch has great information on the Wocher Panorama.
www.musee-suise.com gives full details of the Landesmuseum, Zurich.