Permanent exhibition "Friedrich Dürrenmatt - writer and artist"

Ausstellungsraum. Foto : Pino Musi © CDN
Ausstellungsraum. Foto : Pino Musi © CDN

The permanent exhibition highlights Dürrenmatt's visual art, as it relates to his literary oeuvre; it presents the various artistic techniques he adopted and the variety of topics he handled as a writer and artist.

Exhibited on the underground floor are Dürrenmatt's paintings and drawings, in an interplay with his literary production, thanks to the quotes and manuscripts on display.

"My drawings are not subsidiary to my literary works; they are the drawn and painted battlefields on which my literary struggles, adventures, experiments and defeats take place. "

During his youth, Friedrich Dürrenmatt hesitated for a long time between literature and painting. Although he at last opted for writing, he never stopped painting and drawing. He was in the habit of describing writing as his profession and painting as his passion, all the while closely linking the two activities.

Quotes and portraits exhibited in the entrance tower inform visitors about the author’s life and ideas. Dürrenmatt’s "Sistine Chapel" is located on the same level.