Movements. New permanent exhibition

Movements. New permanent exhibition

At the heart of life, movement shapes the trajectories of individuals, objects and ideas. Because of its geographical position and its history, Neuchâtel has naturally developed strong relationships with foreign countries. Migratory movements and the circulation of goods and techniques have been driving forces in its development. They have also contributed to the construction and definition of its identities.

On the occasion of its new permanent exhibition, the Museum of Art and History questions its collections and puts them into dialogue through the prism of movement, a notion that is both individual and universal.

The exhibition offers a new and interdisciplinary perspective on mobility. What are the profiles and motivations of migrants?  What role do wars and international trade play in movement? What is the nature of the goods produced and the strategies implemented to export them? What are the links between trade networks and the slave trade? What do artists seek under distant skies? What obstacles do migrants encounter in their daily lives? A journey through small and large stories where memory and the richness of destinies are reflected.


The exhibition Movements includes a section on the participation of Neuchâtel residents in the colonial enterprise and in slavery. It includes filmed interviews with four university professors: Thomas David (University of Lausanne), Bouda Etemad (Universities of Geneva and Lausanne), Matthieu Gillabert (University of Fribourg), Kristina Schulz (University of Neuchâtel)


Prof. Kristina Schulz, University of Neuchâtel

the involvement of Swiss people in the slave trade and their participation in the colonial enterprise: subjects that have long been concealed


Honorary Professor Bouda Etemad, Universities of Geneva and Lausanne

the involvement of Neuchâtel citizens in the slave trade and slavery


Prof. Thomas David, University of Lausanne

the role played by the Neuchâtel Typographical Society and the slave revolt in the abolition of the slave trade and slavery


Prof. Matthieu Gillabert, University of Fribourg

racism after the abolition of slavery