The first edition of the Geneva Motor Show took place in 1905 before receiving international recognition in 1924. Since then, the Geneva International Motor Show has become one of the most well-known and most popular motor shows in Europe, and is one of the 5 “majors” recognized by the OICA (International Organisation of Automobile Constructors).
About 220 exhibitors, including the major carmakers, a lot of designers, equipment suppliers, as well as important industrial suppliers present around 900 cars over the 110,000 m2 of the 7 halls of Palexpo in Geneva. Taking place in spring, resumption of the car selling, the Geneva Motor Show is the manufacturers’ favourite event to present their last creation before their launch on the market. Each year, over 100 World and European Premieres are unveiled. After the two days dedicated to the about 10,000 representatives of the media coming from all over the world to cover the show, the 700,000 visitors – nearly the half is international – will finally discover these technological jewel and their part of dream.

LES HUGUENOTS26 Feb - 08 Mar 2020

The grand opéra à la française is undergoing a revival in today’s opera houses and Giacomo Meyerbeer is one of the greatest exponents of the genre that enjoyed its heyday in the first decades of the 19th century. Les Huguenots (1836) is a vast historical epic with a plot intimately linked to the history of Geneva. Catherine de’ Medici, mother of the King of France, wishes to pacify the kingdom by marrying her daughter Marguerite to the Protestant king Henry of Navarre but her strategy backfires and culminates in the tragic apocalypse of senseless destruction that was the Saint Bartholomew’s Day massacre. The amorous passions and political rivalries in the opera unfold with these civil and religious conflicts in the background. Last performed at the Grand Théâtre in 1927, Meyerbeer’s greatest hit returns to pay homage to Geneva, city of religious tolerance and political asylum, with one of the masters of the French repertoire conducting in the person of Marc Minkowski. Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito, consummate analysts of lyric drama, take their cue from the great epic movies of Hollywood’s early years to reveal the link between the bloody schisms of the past and the religious conflicts of the world today.


Since its invention in 1839, photography has aroused keen interest and Romandy is no exception to the rule. In Geneva and Lausanne, pioneering entrepreneurs opened shops selling photographic equipment and set up the first studios.

Returning to the fundamentals of this unprecedented cultural episode, this exhibition offers a journey into the period between 1840 and 1869 thanks to a selection of works from the Auer Photo Foundation. The public will thus be able to understand the polemics linked to an invention initially seen as a simple mechanical process and to rediscover the former urban topography of Romandy: roads with no cars, unusual lakeside landscapes, as well as all types of portraits. Ranging from familiar views of the snowy Alps to places in faraway lands, photography also fed the love of orientalism, archaeological discoveries and the study of the past. All these points of view will enable each and everyone to experience the aesthetic and formal changes hailed by the arrival of these first imprints of real life.