Swiss Treasures - Visits


Switzerland, situated in the heart of Europe, has made numerous contributions to Europe’s cultural history, not least by way of reflecting the Judeo-Christian tradition, which coined the very self-conception of Europe. These achievements are associated with names such as Erasmus of Rotterdam, Huldrych Zwingli, John Calvin, and Karl Barth. Seven displays present thematic-local particulars in the forms of papyri, parchments, first editions and early printings, as well as historic manuscripts and other varieties of text from the 4th through the 20th centuries, most of them shown for the first time abroad. These arte­facts either derive from the major exponents themselves or document their philosophical, theological, and political work, which extended into the New World. The display of highlights from seven distinguished Swiss archives and libraries located in Basel, Fribourg, St. Gall, Zurich, Cologny, and Geneva marks the joint annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and the American Academy of Religion (AAR) in Chicago in November 2012.

Exhibition guide