From music festivals to must see art exhibitions and a spot of after dark lake swimming, there’s plenty do in Geneva this spring.
100th anniversary of the Swiss Graphic Society
This exhibition celebrates a century of the Swiss Graphic Society, dedicated to promoting and encouraging the work of Swiss printmakers since 1918. Tracing the evolution of the organisation and affiliated artists, it’s a valuable insight into the development of graphic arts.
Until 3rd February 2019
Musée d'Art et d'Histoire
An unforgettable experience that’s perfect for adventurous swimmers, this is a magical opportunity to swim beneath the stars in the waters of Lake Geneva. Located at the Bains des Pâquis, swimmers can warm up afterwards with a glass of mulled wine and tasty fondue.
Until 20th March 2019
Bains des Paquis
A spring cultural highlight in Geneva, Antigel is a joyous showcase of performing arts that lasts almost a month. Highlights this year include a performance from Yann Tiersen and a production by Geneva’s Junior Ballet.
1st – 23rd February 2019
Borders of All Kinds
An important subject in today’s society, this thoughtful exhibition explores how identities and separateness are defined through borders. Focusing on two types of borders—specifically gender and geographical interstate borders—this is an impressive, multi-disciplinary project.
8th February – 18th May 2019
Université de Genèvewww.unige.ch/public/evenements/exposition/seu/a-venir/frontieres
Come on Baby, Light My Fire
Curated by two ceramics experts, this exhibition brings together Ariana Museum’s remarkable collection of ceramic pieces. Including a wide variety of objects, from elaborate sculptures to more practical vessels, the work on display deftly demonstrates the diversity and scope of contemporary ceramics.
Until 10th March 2019
89th Geneva International Motor Show
In existence since 1905, this annual affair is one of the most prestigious motor shows in Europe. An essential event for motoring enthusiasts, the show covers a vast area of Geneva’s Palexpo and is attended by all the major car manufacturers, alongside some of the world’s most acclaimed car designers. Visitors can expert to preview the latest state-of-the-art creations; last year’s showcase included the Icona Nucleus, a sleek, self-driving vehicle designed without a steering wheel.
7th – 17th March 2019
A fascinating insight into a part of society that’s rarely seen, this exhibition explores what life is like in prison and the efficacy of prison systems today. A collaboration with the International Red Cross, it poses important questions about the ethical and sociological issues surrounding incarceration.
6th February – 18th August 2019
Red Cross Museum
René Daniëls: Fragments from an Unfinished Novel
An influential figure in 20th century painting, Daniëls’ abstract works explore elements of perspective and mirroring. Including previously unseen pieces, this intriguing exhibition considers the connection between perception and memory.
27th February – 5th May 2019
Caesar and the Rhône: Ancient masterpieces of Arles
A fascinating showcase of ancient artefacts, many of which were retrieved from the Rhone river, this exhibition skilfully brings to life the ancient Roman colony of Arles, which was founded by Julius Caesar. Look out for the impressive marble bust, believed to be a tribute to Caesar himself.
8th February – 26th May 2019
Musée d'art et d'histoire
Image credits: lead image © Remy-Gindroz.Swiss Graphic society © iStock/grafvision. Night swimming © iStock/SebastianBodemer. Antigel festival © iStock/MarcusMilo. Borders of All Kinds © iStock/ElFlacodelNorte.
Come on Baby, Light My Fire © Remy Gindroz. Geneva Motor Show © iStock/NiseriN. Prison exhibition © iStock/MorelSO. René Daniëls exhibition © MAMCO. Caesar exhibition © Remi Benali.