Special Exhibition Edelweiss

  

20 May 2017 – 31 December 2017


Special exhibition

Edelweiss and the Alpine idyll –
Souvenir ceramics from the Belle Époque ‘made in Thun’

Souvenir ceramics from Thun were much sought after by foreign tourists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Examples of the so-called Thuner Majolika from the potteries in the neighbouring villages of Steffisburg and Heimberg can be found today in many international collections. These decorative plates, with their colourful floral designs and Alpine imagery, embodied the idyll of unadulterated nature at a time of emerging industrialism and progress. Accordingly they were among the most popular souvenirs at this formative stage of Swiss Alpine tourism.

 

The special exhibition in Thun Castle, through an exceedingly beautiful collection, shows that these ‘made in Thun’ souvenir ceramics retain their appeal to this day.