Dürrenmatt international

In this section, we inform you about some of the news concerning Dürrenmatt internationally.

"Die Panne" at the Kyiv Theater “Suzirja”

Kyiv Theater

In spring 2021, Kyiv Theater “Suzirja” presented Dürrenmatt’s play Die Panne that has a great succes in Ukraine. Director of the performance — Taras Zhyrko.

The main actor of the play Mr. Yevhen Nyschuk, the former Minister of Culture of Ukraine, says: “His play helps to find the senses in this world. We have offered the subtitle for this play — “A Stop on A Road”. This stop makes the protagonists to rethink his life, so this play provides a deep, even, I would say, a fundamental existential meaning and importance for our times.”

Exhibition "A century of legacy: A journey to Switzerland through Dürrenmatt" at Tamkang University in Taipei

Tamkang University

As part of a series of events to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Swiss author, playwright and painter Friedrich Dürrenmatt, the Trade Office of Swiss Industries in Taipei, in partnership with the Chueh Sheng Memorial Library and the Department of German at Tamkang University, organized an exhibition dedicated to Dürrenmatt's life and works.

The exhibition was held from April 14 to May 31, 2021 at the Chueh Sheng Memorial Library of Tamkang University in Taipei and featured information about Dürrenmatt, the Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel and Switzerland in general.

The aim was to give the Taiwanese public a chance to get acquainted with this Swiss national treasure. In the same vein, the Trade Office of Swiss Industries has initiated the translation of the novel "The Judge and His Hangman" into traditional Chinese, which is scheduled to be published by the end of 2021.

In addition to the exhibition, various lectures by professors on the above-mentioned topics were held. You can find the details of the event under the following link.

Graphic Novel “Die Physiker” at the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival

Vancouver Comic Arts Festival

Illustrator and comic artist Benjamin Gottwald adapted one of the literary classics into a graphic novel: “The Physicists” by Swiss playwright Friedrich Dürrenmatt. This May, he presents his graphic novel at the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival in cooperation with the Consulate General of Switzerland in Vancouver. 

“The Physicists” is set in a where three physicists are pretending to be mental patients. “The space turns into a fourth madman in my adaptation”, Benjamin Gottwald explains his approach, “it functions as an additional character”. For more insights into the creative process behind his comic adaptation, watch his video presentation. 

Friedrich Dürrenmatt in Russia

Literaturhaus Moskau

The State Literature Museum in Moscow has opened an exhibition bringing together the paintings of Friedrich Dürrenmatt in dialogue with those of the Russian author Andreï Biély (18 May – 30 June 2021). The exhibition pays tribute as much to their artwork, less well known by the general public and closely accompanied by their literary activity, as to cultural links between Switzerland and Russia.

The exhibition is organised by the Ministry of Culture of Russia, the Swiss embassy in Moscow, the State Literature Museum and the Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel. An article in, unusually, French by Nadia Sikorsky provides further information.

Writing competition


To mark the hundredth birthday of Friedrich Dürrenmatt, the Swiss embassies in the US and the Consulates General of Switzerland in Atlanta and Chicago invited a number of universities and schools to participate in a writing competition. These Swiss representations defined an assignment that met with interest among the students and prompted them to take a closer look at the Swiss author and painter's work. 

The awards ceremony also included a panel discussion on the significance of Friedrich Dürrenmatt. 

The winning entries for each region are presented in the pdf document below.


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