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Tu – We 10:00 - 17:00

Th 10:00 - 19:00

Fr – Su 10:00 - 17:00

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Tu – We, Fr 10:00 - 18:00

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Sa – Mo closed

Special opening times

Tu, 12/21/2021 10:00 - 17:00

We, 12/22/2021 10:00 - 17:00

Th, 12/23/2021 10:00 - 17:00

Fr, 12/24/2021 10:00 - 14:00, Christmas Eve

Sa, 12/25/2021 10:00 - 17:00, Christmas

Su, 12/26/2021 10:00 - 17:00, St. Stephen´s Day

Mo, 12/27/2021 10:00 - 17:00

Tu, 12/28/2021 10:00 - 17:00

We, 12/29/2021 10:00 - 17:00

Th, 12/30/2021 10:00 - 17:00

Fr, 12/31/2021 10:00 - 17:00

Sa, 1/1/2022 10:00 - 17:00, New Year´s Day

Su, 1/2/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Saint Berchtold

Fr, 4/15/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Good Friday

Su, 4/17/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Easter

Mo, 4/18/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Easter Monday

Mo, 4/25/2022 closed, Sechseläuten

Su, 5/1/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Labour Day

Th, 5/26/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Ascension Day

Su, 6/5/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Whitsun

Mo, 6/6/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Whit Monday

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Opening times

Museum, boutique and bistro

Tu – We 10:00 - 17:00

Th 10:00 - 19:00

Fr – Su 10:00 - 17:00

Library

Tu – We, Fr 10:00 - 18:00

Th 10:00 - 19:00

Sa – Mo closed

Special opening times

Tu, 12/21/2021 10:00 - 17:00

We, 12/22/2021 10:00 - 17:00

Th, 12/23/2021 10:00 - 17:00

Fr, 12/24/2021 10:00 - 14:00, Christmas Eve

Sa, 12/25/2021 10:00 - 17:00, Christmas

Su, 12/26/2021 10:00 - 17:00, St. Stephen´s Day

Mo, 12/27/2021 10:00 - 17:00

Tu, 12/28/2021 10:00 - 17:00

We, 12/29/2021 10:00 - 17:00

Th, 12/30/2021 10:00 - 17:00

Fr, 12/31/2021 10:00 - 17:00

Sa, 1/1/2022 10:00 - 17:00, New Year´s Day

Su, 1/2/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Saint Berchtold

Fr, 4/15/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Good Friday

Su, 4/17/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Easter

Mo, 4/18/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Easter Monday

Mo, 4/25/2022 closed, Sechseläuten

Su, 5/1/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Labour Day

Th, 5/26/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Ascension Day

Su, 6/5/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Whitsun

Mo, 6/6/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Whit Monday

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Christmas & Cribs

National Museum Zurich | 19.11.2021 - 9.1.2022
published on 19.11.2021

In this year’s exhibition of nativity scenes, the National Museum Zurich will be showing how Ticino prepares for Christmas. There are also beautiful objects from all over Switzerland and historic Advent calendars to admire.

Not only is Ticino the sunniest place in Switzerland, but it’s also the country’s nativity scene capital. North of the Gotthard, nativity figures can usually be found in the living room, but in the south people do things on a grander scale. A touch of this southern magic is blowing through the National Museum Zurich this year.

Renowned Ticino nativity scene creators Flavio and Lucio Negri have made a nativity scene model specially for the exhibition in Zurich. With loving attention to every detail, father and son use materials such as polystyrene and plaster to create Christmas worlds large and small that delight audiences in Switzerland and beyond. In addition to this Ticino highlight, this year’s exhibition features nativity scenes from all over Switzerland, produced using a wide range of materials: from wood and wax to clay and paper.

Speaking of paper: the nativity scenes are complemented by a display of historical Advent calendars and an extensive and varied accompanying programme of events and activities for families.

Images

Nativity scene in case with wax figures, Hermetschwil Convent (Lucerne), 18th century, wax, silk, wood Loan from the Chorherrenstift St. Michael Beromünster

Nativity scenes made by nuns are often set out in glass cases, with beautifully detailed wax figures depicting the Christmas story or the Infant Jesus.

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Mary with the Infant Jesus, Ildefons Curiger (1782-1841), ca. 1810/20, Einsiedeln (Canton of Schwyz), fired clay, original setting, painted bell jar Loan from Einsiedeln Abbey, art collection

The nativity scenes created by the Einsiedeln miniature sculptors are some of the most exquisite in Switzerland. Ildefons Curiger is a major representative of this form.

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Mary with the Infant Jesus and shepherd, Ildefons Curiger (1782-1841), ca. 1820, Einsiedeln (Canton of Schwyz), fired clay, painted in monochrome Loan from Einsiedeln Abbey, art collection

At the beginning of the 19th century, fired clay groups were created in the workshops of the Einsiedeln miniature sculptors.

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Folding nativity scene in a winter setting, ca. 1920, Switzerland or Germany, cardboard, paper, printed, embossed, die-cut, gelatin paper Loan from the Spielzeug Welten Museum (Toy Worlds Museum) Basel

From the late 19th century onwards, nativity scenes printed on card began to appear in private households in Switzerland. They are less expensive than sets made from clay or porcelain, making them an affordable alternative.

Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel

Advent calendar, In the Land of the Christ Child, ca. 1910, Ernst Kepler, Verlag Reichhold & Lang publishing house, Munich Loan from Evelyne Gasser, Lenzburg

Gerhard Lang is considered to be the ‘inventor’ of the now ubiquitous Advent calendar. At the beginning of the 20th century, working with illustrator Ernst Kepler, he created this Advent calendar with verses and little pictures to stick on.

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Advent calendar, Advent flowering tree, ca. 1936, Sulamith Wülfing, Sulamith Wülfing-Verlag publishing house, Wuppertal-Elberfeld Loan from Evelyne Gasser, Lenzburg

After 1930, religious motifs for teaching children were increasingly replaced by secular subjects, fairy tale characters, or romantic landscapes.

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Ticino Crib by Lucio Negri

Lucio Negri’s oriental nativity scene is rendered in a naturalistic style that is typical in his panoramas.

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Oriental nativity scene

Nativity scene by the Ticino artist Lucio Negri.Nativity scene by the Ticino artist Lucio Negri.

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Oriental nativity scene

Nativity scene by the Ticino artist Lucio Negri.Nativity scene by the Ticino artist Lucio Negri.

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Oriental nativity scene

Nativity scene by the Ticino artist Lucio Negri.Nativity scene by the Ticino artist Lucio Negri.

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View into the Advent studio.

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A view of the exhibition.

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