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Children in Swiss Art: from Agasse to Hodler


This exhibition recounts the evolution of depictions of children in Swiss art between 1830 and 1920, offering a new perspective on the museum’s collections. From the 18th century onwards, children started to be recognised as human beings in their own right. They were suddenly allowed into the circle of social, moral and political concerns. Their needs, peculiarities, education, health and hygiene became topics of consideration for philosophers, biologists and doctors alike. The first education novels appeared in the wake of the release of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Émile. The theme peaked in the 19th century, both in literature, with new popular characters including Oliver Twist, Heidi and Little Lord Fauntleroy, and in the visual arts.



Tuesday to Sunday 11 am - 18 pm


Thursday, March 26, 2020 - Friday, January 1, 2021

Free entrance


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Musées d'Art et d'Histoire - MAH
Rue Charles-Galland 2 - 1206 Genève
Telephone: +41 22 418 25 00