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.

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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.


L'exposition Mouvements abrite une section questionnant la participation de Neuchâtelois à l’entreprise coloniale et à l’esclavage. Elle contient notamment des interviews filmées de quatre professeur.e.s universitaires : Thomas David (Université de Lausanne), Bouda Etemad (Universités de Genève et de Lausanne), Matthieu Gillabert (Université de Fribourg), Kristina Schulz (Université de Neuchâtel)

Prof. Kristina Schulz, Université de Neuchâtel

l'implication de Suisses dans la traite négrière et leur participation à l'entreprise coloniale : des sujets longuement occultés


Prof. honoraire Bouda Etemad, Universités de Genève et Lausanne

l'implication de Neuchâtelois dans la traite négrière et l'esclavage


Prof. Thomas David, Université de Lausanne

le rôle joué par la Société typographique de Neuchâtel et par la révolte des esclaves dans l'abolition de la traite et de l'esclavage


Prof. Matthieu Gillabert, Université de Fribourg

le racisme après l'abolition de l'esclavage