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Musée Ariana

The Ariana Museum brings under one roof the City of Geneva’s collections of ceramics and glass. It is the only museum in Switzerland - and one of the most important in Europe - devoted entirely to kilncraft. With over 27’000 objects, the collections illustrate seven centuries of ceramics in Geneva, Switzerland, Europe and the East. All the main techniques are represented: pottery, stoneware, earthenware, porcelain, and china. The islamic collection and an important series of oriental porcelains for export reveal the interactions between East and West which constitute a fundamental truth in the universal history of ceramics. The museum also has examples of work from the 20th century. Built on the initiative of Gustave Revilliod (1817- 1890), the Ariana Museum, with its neo-classical and neo-baroque features, immediately set itself apart from the local architectural style.

This museum greets you in the following languages: D/F/I/E
Opening 1884

Musée Ariana, Genève
Photo : Rémy Gindroz
Musée Ariana, Genève Photo : Rémy Gindroz
Grand hall du Musée Ariana
Photo : Musée Ariana
Grand hall du Musée Ariana Photo : Musée Ariana
Salle Création contemporaine
Photo :  Musée Ariana
Salle Création contemporaine Photo : Musée Ariana

Current exhibition(s)

Speaking plates - printed narrative scenes on 19th century creamware

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The Musée Ariana holds around a hundred creamware “speaking plates” from France and Western Switzerland on themes as varied as military life, hunting, proverbs or the traditions of urban and rural society in the 19th century.
These 19th century "comic strips" are true illustrated accounts of the society of the day. These talkative plates show no signs of staying quiet!


The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/F/E
Speaking plates - printed narrative scenes on 19th century creamware

Women potters of Africa - A journey to the heart of a contemporary tradition

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This exhibition is an opportunity for the Musée Ariana to showcase around sixty pieces of pottery whose sculptural opulence of forms and harmonious sobriety of decoration take us back to the gestures of everyday life and reveal the world of the women potters of Africa. Documentary markers shed light on the creative and distribution processes relating to these objects from the specific perspective of members of the same profession.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/F/E
Women potters of Africa - A journey to the heart of a contemporary tradition

Contained - contenu

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At the request of the Musée Ariana, Monique Deul, founder of the Genevan gallery TASTE Contemporary, has brought together seven contemporary artists who continue the dialogue between container and contained, going beyond the utilitarian function of the object to deal with more conceptual concerns.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/F/E
Contained - contenu
  • Thematic cultural asset
    Thematic cultural asset
  • Art
    Art
  • History
    History

Location of the museum

Avenue de la Paix 10
1202 Genève

Location/directions

10, avenue de la Paix, près du Palais des Nations

Open

Ma–di 10–18

Admission

CHF 8.- | CHF 6.- Exposition majeure
CHF 5.- .- | CHF 3.- Création contemporaine
Forfait pour toutes les expositions temporaires CHF 10.- | CHF 7.-
Entrée libre jusqu'à 18 ans, aux collections permanentes et chaque premier dimanche du mois

Contact

Musée Ariana
Musée suisse de la céramique et du verre
Avenue de la Paix 10
1202 Genève
022 418 54 50 Telephone
022 418 54 54 Telephone (accueil des publics)
022 418 54 51 Fax (musée)
ariana@ville-ge.ch
http://www.ariana-geneve.ch
  • Member of the Swiss Museums Association.
    Member of the Swiss Museums Association.
  • Museum pass: holders of the Swiss museum pass have free admission.
    Museum pass: holders of the Swiss museum pass have free admission.
  • Parking
    Parking
  • Cafeteria
    Cafeteria
  • Restaurant
    Restaurant
  • Shop
    Shop
  • Extremely children and family-friendly
    Extremely children and family-friendly
  • Completely wheelchair accessible
    Completely wheelchair accessible
  • Very good accessibility with public transport
    Very good accessibility with public transport