Cheese and Coal. A photographer from Gondiswil, Johann Schär (1855–1938)

3 x 3 contemporary approaches. David Elsener, Nicolas Fernandez, Matthias Gabi, Nina Haab, Urs Mannhart, Céline Manz, Valerio Moser, Nele Stecher, Maria Ursprung

Stately farms, beautiful cows, proud cheese makers, youngsters and cheerful women picking berries in the forest – Johann Schär's photographic documentation of a sedate rural life at the beginning of the 20th Century has no comparison in its density and quality in Switzerland. The documentation of the coal surface-mining in and around Gondiswil is unique and gives an impressive testimonial of this rare activity of mining in Switzerland.

For the first time, Kunsthaus Langenthal presents an overview of Johann Schärs's (1855–1938) work. Over 4000 glas-negatives, historic prints, album and postcards were secured, researched and digitalized by Fotobüro Bern.  

The exhibition was curated by Markus Schürpf (Fotobüro Bern) and will be accompanied by an extensive catalogue that will be published on 18 March 2017.

Under the title «3x3» the Kunsthaus invited nine artists and writers to approach the photographs by Johann Schär from a contemporary perspective and react to them with a new work. 







The exhibition is generously supported by

Gemeinde Gondiswil
Gemeinde Reisiswil
Gemeinde Melchnau
Gemeinde Ufhusen
Stiftung Lanz-Kohler, Roggwil
Hans Peter Wehrli, Gondiswil

Wednesday, 08 February,
7 pm


Welcome by Raffael Dörig, Director Kunsthaus Langenthal

Sunday, 12 February  and
19 March, 11 am

Literary Tours

The actress Michaela Wendt reads various texts (short stories, poems, aphorisms) specially selected by her on the basis of the artworks. In German

Wednesday, 15 February, 7 pm
free entry

Art Bar with Artists from 3x3


Wednesdays, 01 March and 22 March, 12–12.30 am

Art at Lunch

Short guided tours for those with an appetite for art

Wednesday, 29 March, 7 pm
free entry

Art Bar 

Guided Tour with the Actress Michaela Wendt. In German

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