Alois Carigiet (1902 - 1985) exhibition at the Swiss National Museum in Zuerich
received from Swiss National Museum
Poster by Alois Carigiet, Switzerland invites you, 1937
Poster for the Swiss tourism association (Schweizerische Zentrale für Verkehrsförderung). Photograph: Swiss National Museum. © Heirs of Alois Carigiet
Poster by Alois Carigiet, Cornichon, 1938
Alois Carigiet co-founded “Cabaret Cornichon” in 1934. He designed the “cornichon” bird as the cabaret’s signet for posters and programme brochures. Photograph: City Archives of Zurich. © Heirs of Alois Carigiet
Alois Carigiet in his studio, 31 August 1972. Photographer: Jules Geiger. © Fotostiftung Graubünden/Heirs of Alois Carigiet
Alois Carigiet. Art, graphic art & Schellen-Ursli
Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum, Landesmuseum Zürich
An exhibition in cooperation with the Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur.
12.06.2015 – 03.01.20116
He was a painter, graphic artist and stage designer – and a native of Graubünden. The exhibition entitled “Alois Carigiet. Art, graphic art & Schellen-Ursli.” brings together Carigiet’s works of art, children’s books and distinctive poster artwork. From his stage designs for the “Cabaret Cornichon” in Zurich to his frescoes in Schaffhausen and Chur and his commercial art, the exhibition shows a rich cross- section of the eclectic work of this artist and explores the influence of his Rhaeto- Romanic origins. The exhibition commentary is provided in all four national languages of Switzerland – German, French, Italian and Rhaeto-Romansh.
The exhibition offers an opportunity to rediscover one of Switzerland’s best-known artists, who enjoys overwhelming popularity even today, 30 years after his death. “Alois Carigiet. Art, graphic art & Schellen-Ursli.” highlights various facets of Carigiet’s artistic work and illuminates the cultural historical context. Thanks to the cooperation of the Lia Rumantscha, it is the first exhibition at the National Museum Zurich for which the commentary is provided in all four of Switzerland’s national languages.
Selected drafts, sketches, drawings, informative texts and listening stations for Carigiet’s children’s stories invite children and adults alike to submerge themselves in the colourful, adventurous world of Schellen-Ursli, Flurina, Maurus and Madleina & Co. Playful elements in the exhibition allow visitors to experience scaling a mountain peak, for example, or the tactile feel of animals’ pelts, bringing Carigiet’s work alive through all the senses. Besides preliminary studies, photographs and book editions, the drafts of Carigiet’s seventh children’s story are also on display, for the first time ever. The unfinished story tells of a baby mountain goat, whom children save from a rock slide.
Book accompanying the exhibition
“Schellen-Ursli” coming soon to the big screen