© Bibliothek am Guisanplatz, Bern/Switzerland
© Bibliothek am Guisanplatz, Bern/Switzerland 

Denise Bertschi: Oasis of Peace. Neutral Only On The Outside

12/09/2021 - 14/11/2021

Centre culturel suisse 
32-38, rue des Francs-Bourgeois 
75003 Paris


The exhibition Oasis of peace. Neutral only on the outside establishes unexpected links between Switzerland and two regions of major geopolitical importance: firstly, the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea; and secondly, apartheid  South Africa. Switzerland has played its cards cleverly, in both cases, using to its own ends a “neutrality” that the historian Hans-Ulrich Jost has characterized as “self-serving“ and “dualist“.