TREASURES OF THE SPIRIT
A Voyage across Aboriginal Australia
Under the patronage of HE Ian Kemish, Australian Ambassador for Switzerland and Jean-Frederic Jauslin, Director of the Swiss Federal Office for Culture
This exhibition is unique in Switzerland in that it is exclusively dedicated to Australian Aboriginal art. Indeed, the Burkhardt-Felder Foundation Arts and Culture presents a part of its collection to the public in form of a voyage across Aboriginal Australia, introducing the visitor to the diversity and richness of Aboriginal artwork in Australia. Aboriginal art may look back on a continuous tradition of 60’000 years. The works of more than fifty artists are on show in the museum « La grange ». Being an annex of the Château d’Ivernois (1721), it was carefully renovated to create a mystical space to accommodate the Aboriginal art collection.
Date : 2008-2010
Prior to being incorporated into the Burkhardt-Felder Foundation Arts and Culture, the collection was put together by Gérard and Theresa Burkhardt during their 25-year stay in Australia. Questioned on the title of the exhibition, Theresa, who has initiated this exciting venture together with her husband Gérard, explains that these works express the Dreaming, or the spiritual concept of the Aborigines, their respect for nature and their deep attachment to their ancestral lands. The title Treasures of the Spirit reflects the mystery and spirituality emanating from these works.
The Vernissage of ‘Treasures of the Spirit’ took place on 28th June 2008 in the presence of the Australian General-Consul as well as national and international personalities from the political and cultural fields. Having been met with great interest, the exhibition continued into 2009.