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Date 20.10.2019 - 27.09.2020
Location Bern/CH
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Alpine Workshop. The Artisans

Woodchips fly through the air, accompanied by pounding, buzzing, and whizzing sounds. The exhibition «Alpine Workshop» presents people from the Swiss Alps who funnel their creativity and tenacity into producing not only premium products but also fresh perspectives. This is no idealized world, but rather real, everyday life. What does it mean to manufacture a product by hand in a digitalized and globalized society? How much ‹handicraft› can still be found in modern artisanship – in skis, shoes, or shingles?

The museum has been transformed into a workshop, incorporating various artisan enterprises from mountain regions which will be presented in person or in pictures and sound. They will provide insights into their experiences and illustrate the real meaning of artisanal trades today: everything from local raw materials and traditional production techniques to marketing. In the shingle workshop the visitors themselves will be joining forces to do the work, applying shingles to parts of the museum.

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