The Bibliotheca Bodmeriana has always been a place of learning. It enjoys close ties with Geneva University and is in regular contact with researchers around the world.
The creation of the new museum has turned it into a place of memory, a sort of temple for written works that have marked the intellectual history of mankind.
It is impossible not to be overcome with emotion when embarking on this spiritual journey through the permanent exhibition. The fascination of being in close contact with such a precious testament to bygone times and great historical figures is overwhelming.
But the exhibition in itself is not enough. It is important to reach out and give visitors the opportunity to benefit in their own way from the treasures on display.
A museum has to do more than preserve memories. As Mario Botta said, ‘it has to be a centre of attraction that brings the city to life’. It should be a lively place that exhibits all forms of art and promotes the dialogue of civilizations – a place where knowledge and ideas are exchanged and debated in a congenial atmosphere.
A wide variety of activities are needed for the memory of the past to become part of the present: conferences, meetings, lectures, performances, concerts, live encounters with well-known personalities…