Great collector, indefatigable traveller, erudite man of letters and enlightened patron, many epithets can be applied to the Genevan, Gustave Revilliod, who was born in Geneva in 1817 and died in Cairo in 1890. The greatest single work of his life was undoubtedly the Musée Ariana, which he constructed to house his collections, but primarily to share them for the delight and education of all. Now the Swiss Museum of Ceramics and Glass, the Ariana was originally an encyclopaedic institution, which classified by medium and period all man-made artistic productions deemed worthy of interest by the collector. It was high time to shed light on this exceptional figure and this will be happening in 2018. A major publication (with over 30 contributors) is to accompany a large exhibition that will reveal, through loans from various Genevan institutions (Museum of Art and History, Museum of Ethnography, Geneva Library and the Library of Art and Archaeology), the Ariana’s originality in the 19th century.
Tuesday to Sunday : 11 am - 6 pm
Monday : closed
Friday, 02 November, 2018 - Sunday, 02 June, 2019
Price 8 - 12 CHF