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The history of Europe – told by its theatres

The history of Europe – told by its theatres

11-11-2017 / 07-01-2018
Castelgrande, Sala Arsenale
Open every day from 10:30 to 16:00

Six theatre museums from six different European countries have jointly created a touring exhibition that has already been on show from 2015 in Warsaw, Copenhagen, Vienna, Munich, Ljubljana, Hanau, and London. This European exhibition is now arriving in Bellinzona. With more than 250 exhibits, it shows how the history of Europe from antiquity to the present is mirrored in theatre performances and theatre buildings of the different eras. Therefore, battles or political power play are not in the focus, but mutual influences across all borders and the development of society – all that has shaped Europe and continues to shape it. 

In a colourful design, reminiscent of the colours in the flags of European countries, the exhibition presents nine topical chapters, entitled: “Mediterranean Experience”, “Religious Impact”, “Changing Society – Changing Building”, “Aesthetics and Technology”, “The Nation”, “Fire!”, “Crossing Borders”, “War”, “Democracy”.

The exhibition aims to inspire the visitor and invites him to connect the past and present on display with the possible future. And obviously, topics like “Changing Society”, “Religious Impact”, “Democracy”, etc. are immediately relevant today and to our future.

It is the first time that such a group of museums has created an exhibition as a team, each proposing well-chosen exhibits from its own and other collection(s) and discussing all proposals with the colleagues from the partner museums.  The result is also a panorama of European theatre collections.

The exhibition is a new climax in the jubilee programme celebrating the 20th anniversary of the reopening of the Teatro Sociale in Bellinzona. Inaugurated in 1847, this wonderful theatre is now part of the European Route of Historic Theatres. While the exhibition is on show at the castle, the Teatro Sociale offers splendid events celebrating this outstanding architectural masterpiece.

The exhibition is supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union.



  • OPENING Mon... Sun: 10.30 - 16.00
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