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Historical paper cut «Herd under trees», 1801, by Antoinette Lisette Fäsi, from the collection of Hans-Jürgen Glatz, Blankenburg
Historical paper cut «Herd under trees», 1801, by Antoinette Lisette Fäsi, from the collection of Hans-Jürgen Glatz, Blankenburg


Who of us does not remember making paper cuts as a child? The exhibition «Scherenschnitte. Papiers découpés. Silhouette. Paper cuts.» at the Forum of Swiss History in Schwyz as of 26 October 2013 presents a fascinating paper world created with the help of scissors and sharp little knives. The show brings together contemporary as well as historical works from the eighteenth through the twentieth century and explains the development of this remarkable art form. Among others it displays works by Johann Jakob Hauswirth, the father of paper cutting, and Louis David Saugy.

The extraordinary scenography chosen for the show turns the exhibition halls into a vast paper-cut landscape. The installation works by Franticek Klossner, specially designed to fit the architecture of the Forum of Swiss History, lend the medium paper cut a new and unusual, three-dimensional quality. In addition the exhibition features children’s paper cuts from the archives of the educational foundation Stiftung Pestalozzianum Towards the end of the tour, visitors are invited to take a seat on a silhouette chair and recreate themselves in profile. In our mini-cinema we feature a row of enchanting silhouette movies by the pioneer of this genre, Lottie Reiniger (1899–1981).

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Historical paper cut «Herd under trees», 1801, by Antoinette Lisette Fäsi, from the collection of Hans-Jürgen Glatz, Blankenburg
Historical paper cut «Herd under trees», 1801, by Antoinette Lisette Fäsi, from the collection of Hans-Jürgen Glatz, Blankenburg