Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel

The Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel (CDN) exhibits Friedrich Dürrenmatt's paintings and drawings. It is a part of Swiss National Library, just like Swiss Literary Archives, which has a close cooperation with CDN.[1]

Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel
Established23 September 2000 (2000-09-23)
Coordinates47.00119°N 6.936536°E / 47.00119; 6.936536
WebsiteCentre Dürrenmatt Offizielle Website

The Centre Dürrenmatt, which was opened in the September 2000 in the upper Neuchâtel, is located in the first Dürrenmatt's residential place in 1952.[2] The Swiss architect Mario Botta was assigned to rebuild the house.[3]

As a place for discussion and research, CDN supports critical debates about Dürrenmatt's artistic and literary works. Beside the temporary exhibition, the permanent exhibition "Friedrich Dürrenmatt, writer and painter" is open for public visit. Readings, concerts, colloquiums and debates take place regularly in the CDN. Apart from numerous exhibits of his literary works (manuscript drafts and notes) and rare exhibited paintings, the CDN offers a wide view over the Lake Neuchâtel and also the Bernese Alps.[4]


In 1952, Friedrich Dürrenmatt moved to his house in the upper part of the city, where he lived and worked until his death on 14 December 1990 (later in another building in that district). He took his life beyond the Röstigraben as a theme in one of his works, especially the reality that he lived in the francophone part of Switzerland since 1952, but he wrote in German language. After his death, his former house was adapted and expanded for being used as a museum. The museum was opened officially in September 2000.

Previous exhibitions

  • Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Writer and Painter, permanent exhibition
  • Friedrich Dürrenmatt : Endspiele,from the 6 April until the 26 October 2003
  • Dieter Roth : la Bibliothèque, from the 6 April until the 26 October 2003
  • The Theater of Friedrich Dürrenmatt in Bulgaria, from the 7 May until the 20 August 2004
  • Gotthelf-Dürrenmatt or the Moral in Emmental, from the 31 October 2004 until the 30 January 2005
  • Varlin - Dürrenmatt Horizontal, from the 24 April until the 31 July 2005
  • Hanny Fries : Dürrenmatt in Schauspielhaus Zürich, from the 17 September until the 17 December 2006
  • Dürrenmatt and the Myths: Drawings and Manuscripts, from the 11 February until the 30 April 2007
  • On the border of language, from the 19 May until the 2 September 2007
  • Pavel Schmidt - f.k - Kafka's drawings, from the 19 October 2007 until the 10 February 2008
  • Topor - Encyclopedia of body, from the 16 March 2008 until the 11 May 2008
  • Paul Flora - Royal dramas, from the 18 May 2008 until the 31 August 2008
  • Prag 1968 - 40 years spring of Prag, from the 14 September 2008 until the 19 October 2008
  • Piranesis Carceri, from the 10 December 2008 until the 8 February 2009
  • Caricatures: Sempé, Bosc, Chaval, Ungerer, from the 15 February until the 31 May 2009
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini. Who I am – Qui je suis, from the 14 June until the 6 September 2009
  • Martial Leiter – Guerres, from the 25 September 2009 until the 31 January 2010
  • Dürrenmatt as Caricaturist: New acquisitions, from the 3 February until the 16 May 2010

Previous performers


  1. "Literary legacy at the Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel - Hello Switzerland". Helloswitzerland.ch. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-15. Retrieved 2016-04-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2016-04-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "Centre Dürrenmatt, Neuchâtel". Neuchâteltourisme.ch. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
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