Recent acquisitions and loans

NewsRecent acquisitions and loans

In 2011 two major loans

On 16 February, Messrs Russek and Werthmüller from the Panasia Gallery in Zurich deposited two 18th-century gold plates from Vietnam on indefinite loan. The priceless plates bear the text of a letter written by the Le Dynasty to the Imperial Court of China. The loan is intended for public viewing and research purposes.

On 11 July, Mrs Frieda Tchacos Nussberger deposited papyri of the Letters of Paul published by Dr Gregor Wurst of the University of Augsburg. The papyri are to be restored while a buyer is found.

The Foundation has received the following donations:

The seven volumes of Friedrich Hoffmann’s Opera omnia physico-medica, 2nd edition, Geneva, Frères de Tournes, 1761

The gift was from Philippe Neeser in memory of his father, Dr Jean Neeser who had received this magnificent edition as a token of friendship from his former teacher and patient, Professor Charles Julliard.

On 4 March the Foundation organized a reception in the History Room for Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship. Also present were State Councillor Charles Beer and Head of Protocol, Dominique Louis. Viviane Reding presented the Martin Bodmer Foundation with signed copies of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union in all 22 languages of the Union. The Charter was published in 2010 to mark the 10th anniversary of its adoption. The event was covered by the Swiss television channel TSR in the 7:30 pm news programme with newsreader Darius Rochebin.

On 11 March, following a lecture he gave at the Geneva International Conference Centre in memory of Sergio Vieira de Mello, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, had a private meeting with the Director of the Foundation. He presented him with two signed copies of the 2007 and 2010 Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union in Portuguese.

On 13 May, during the opening of the exhibition Soljenitsyne, le courage d’écrire, Natalia Dmitrievna Solzhenitsyn presented the Director with the first edition in Russian of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Odin den Ivana Denissovitcha (One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich), Moscow, Sovetzki Pissatel, 1963.

The Foundation has purchased:

23 deluxe copies of the Nouvelle Revue française from between 1908 and 1914; another 6 original copies of the Nouvelle Revue française of January 1839 and June 1940, which had belonged first to Jean Schlumberger then to Auguste Anglès who gave them to his PhD student Pascal Mercier. The Foundation also acquired the compilation of letters between André Gide and Jean Schlumberger, Correspondance, in its slipcase and other original documents relating to the Nouvelle Revue française, Jean Schlumberger and Auguste Anglès.

Albert-Guillaume Démarest, Portrait of André Gide c. 1888-1889, oil on canvas.