Claire Brizon (Hg.), Noémie Etienne (Hg.), ...: Exotic Switzerland?

Claire Brizon (Hg.), Noémie Etienne (Hg.), Chonja Lee (Hg.), Étienne Wismer (Hg.)

Exotic Switzerland?
Looking Outward in the Age of Enlightenment

Broschur, 256 Seiten

Erscheint am 23.09.2020

During the 17th and 18th centuries, foreign material culture was introduced into France and Switzerland and integrated into European interiors and decorative arts. Scholars have emphasized this era’s emerging taste for the exotic in order to explain the unprecedented craze for lacquer, porcelain, and textiles that imitated non-Western techniques and iconography. Yet what constituted the exotic during the age of Enlightenment? How was the place of foreign material culture negotiated? And how did it impact European identities?


Exotic Switzerland? moves from questions about the nature of exoticism to explore exoticism in practice. The physical relocation of material fragments in European interiors is the core of this volume. Finally, the contributors also explore the rise of disciplines such as anthropology and ethnology through collection, publication, and print culture.

  • Schweiz
  • Exotismus
  • Kunst
  • Aufklärung

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Claire Brizon

is a PhD candidate in history of art at the University of Bern.

Noémie Etienne

is SNSF Professor at the University of Bern.

Chonja Lee

is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bern.

Étienne Wismer

is a PhD candidate at the University of Bern, Institute of Art History.