Of GardensApril 28 – September 9, 2018
The exhibition invites visitors to discover a major cultural phenomenon: the constant interchange between garden and book, and within book and garden.
Reference will be made to Eden, epic gardens, the purgatory garden, the gardens of Venus and the Virgin Mary Garden, and to Poliphilo’s Strife of Love in a Dream as a pattern book for European gardens. Orlando Furioso makes up the subtext for the Gardens of Bomarzo; a key passage of Paradise Lost will be the aesthetic point of origin of the English Garden while Goethe’s Elective Affinities and garden visions, dreams and projects of great authors will be dealt with.
A place of exception
FondationMuseum & Library
With its collection of 150,000 items in some 80 languages, the Martin Bodmer Foundation is among the largest private libraries in the world.
The Martin Bodmer Foundation’s permanent collection comprises a collection of hundreds of western and oriental manuscripts, 270 incunabula (printed before 1500), including one of the few copies of the Gutenberg Bible. The collection also includes cuneiform tablets, Greek and Coptic papyri, as well as testimonies of ancient civilizations and even a number of minerals and fossils. This temple of modern architecture, designed by Mario Botta, testifies to five millennia of human creativity and to those around the world who contributed to the greatest intellectual and spiritual progress of humanity.
Museum visiting hours: Tuesday through Sunday, from 2 pm to 6 pm (accessible to the disabled)