Fragments & Absences reunites artworks from the exhibition Exotic? Switzerland Looking Outward in the Age of Enlightenment, which opened one year ago at the Palais de Rumine in Lausanne and presented research carried out at the University of Bern. The exhibition, curated by Noémie Etienne, Claire Brizon, Chonja Lee, and Etienne Wismer (Institute of Art History, University of Bern), gathered 150 historical objects to tell stories of Swiss people who traveled outside Europe in the 18th century and engaged in various activities: collecting, sketching, writing, and producing imitation porcelain, lacquer, and printed cottons. The contemporary artworks gathered in Fragments & Absences question the notions of memory, absence, and survival.
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