Musée dynamique, Exhibition La Suisse présente la Suisse, Dakar, Senegal, 1971
© Walter Hugentobler, Archives MEN

Presence Switzerland in Senegal: on the role of graphic design in the making of an exhibition at the Dynamic Museum in Dakar

January 2019 to June 2020

Leading institution: HEAD – Genève
Applicant and project manager: Daniel Sciboz (HEAD – Genève)
Partners: Bernard Knodel (Musée d’ethnographie de Neuchâtel), El Hadji Malick Ndiaye (Musée Th. Monod/ IFAN / Ch. A. Diop)
Associate Resesarchers: Constance Delamadeleine (HEAD – Genève), Mamadou Diallo (Dakar)
Experts: Claire-Lise Debluë (UNIL), Matthieu Gillabert (UniFr), Noémi Michel (UniGe), Sarah Owens (ZHdK)
Institutions partenaires:Musée d’ethnographie de NeuchâtelMusée Théodore Monod d’art africain, IFAN / Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar
Financing: HES-SO
Co-financing: HEAD – Genève
Support: F. and W. Grünbaum Foundation, Maison Borel Foundation

Back in 1971, La Suisse présente la Suisse inaugurated the cultural relations of the Swiss Confederation with the Republic of Senegal at the Dynamic Museum in Dakar. By examining the role of graphic design from the early stages to the implementation of this exhibition, the research aim to identify possible interpretations on the history of graphic design and on the circulation of forms to which the «swiss style» is connected.

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