Tuesday, 18 October 2022, 6:30 pm


Museum Tinguely cordially invites you to the opening of the exhibition Cinema before cinema: Lavanchy-Clarke, the Swiss Film Pioneer from 6:30 pm onwards. 
Free admission.

6:30 pm Welcome

Per-Olof Attinger, member of the board of directors of Museum Tinguely AG
Beat Jans, Regierungspräsident of Cantons Basel-Stadt 
Roland Wetzel, Director of Museum Tinguely
Hansmartin Siegrist, Curator of the exhibition
The opening speeches will be translated into sign language.

followed by an apéro

9 pm
Swiss Premiere of the documentary film «Lichtspieler – wie Lavanchy-Clarke die Schweiz ins Kino holte». Showing at kult.kino Atelier (Length: 102 min)
(A limited amount of complimentary tickets are available on the night of the opening from 6 pm onwards at the info desk of the museum.)

19 October 2022 - 29 January 2023

Lavanchy-Clarke: Cinema before cinema

François-Henri Lavanchy-Clarke (1848–1922) made films of Switzerland to show at the Swiss National Exposition in Geneva as early as 1896. His extravagant pavilion in which they were screened was perhaps the world’s first cinema. An inventive media pioneer and Switzerland’s first colour photographer, Lavanchy-Clarke was also a tireless and unabashed promoter of Sunlight Soap – and an ardent reformer of the care for the blind. Yet for a long time he was all but forgotten, and his filmic oeuvre, presented to Belle Epoque Switzerland using the ground-breaking Cinématographe Lumière, seemed to have been lost with him. This exhibition brings Lavanchy-Clarke’s films and photographs back into the limelight and introduces us to a cosmopolitan impresario from Vaud, who besides being a pioneer of early cinema was also a designer of automata.

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