Dürrenmatt, Hesse, Rilke and wine

3rd February - 19th May 2024


Dürrenmatt, Hesse, Rilke and wine

Are vines and wine a source of artistic inspiration, a poetic metaphor or an instrument of inner liberation?

During the first half of the 20th century, three great German-speaking artists and writers settled in a wine-growing region of Switzerland: Friedrich Dürrenmatt in Neuchâtel, Hermann Hesse in Ticino and Rainer Maria Rilke in Valais. Vines and wine, emblematic features of the landscape in which they chose to live, played a decisive role in their lives and their art.

Featuring a wealth of quotations, photographs, drawings and personal objects, the exhibition presents the work of these three artists from a previously unexplored angle. This artistic journey through the world of wine is complemented by a series of previously unseen photographs by artist Laurence Bonvin.

The exhibition, initiated by the Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel, was produced in collaboration with the Museo Hermann Hesse in Montagnola, the Fondation Rilke in Sierre and the Musée du Vin in Sierre and Salgesch.