Poetry and Politics. Carl Spitteler and the Nobel Prize for Literature 1919
On the centenary of the awarding of the Nobel Prize to Carl Spitteler (1845–1924), the exhibition grants insight into the life and work of the poet, who came from Liestal. His famous speech ‹Unser Schweizer Standpunkt› (Our Swiss Standpoint) from 1914, in which Spitteler called upon the Swiss to unite and to stay neutral in the first World War, triggered a vicious campaign against him in Germany, yet it also unleashed a debate on the foreign policy orientation of Switzerland that has endured to the present day.
The exhibition shows Spitteler's workplace, personal items, photographs and manuscripts and, as a highlight, the original extremely valuable and auratic Nobel Prize medal.