Special Exhibition 2024

CHALETS – of model buildings and travel souvenir

At the end of the 18th century, the so-called chalet or Swiss house style emerged from the drawing boards of foreign architects. Unrendered wooden buildings with flat gable roofs and ornamental carvings were henceforth regarded as models for carefree life in the Alps. Miniaturised, they became a popular travel souvenir in the 19th century.
The special exhibition 2024 lets you immerse yourself in the bygone world of the “Hüselischnitzler” around 1880 to the popular travel souvenir it still is today. The more detailed the little houses are designed, the more sophisticated the production. From models that fit in the palm of your hand to “sounding” chalets and veritable model buildings that represent the idea of the alpine country as a place of longing and an antipode to urban space.

Tradition meets modernity, modernity meets its long tradition.


Flyer on current exhibition

Rarities and cinematic contemporary witnesses

This year, for the first time, the museum is also able to present contemporary film witnesses from the Brienz region. The fascinating insights into life and people in Brienz almost 100 years ago invite you on a journey into another, bygone world. Those who want to get information digitally can be accompanied by the “Living History Guide”, the practical tablet that shows stories and backgrounds via QR code.

Please find more historical films on our Youtube channel:

Special Exhibitions – Review

The museum team of the Foundation for Wood Carving Brienz can look back on a respectable series of special exhibitions. Here is an overview:

Carved Masks – Artisan Traditions

May 14 – September 25, 2011
With items on loan from the Museum Rietberg Zurich and private collections

Brienz Woodcarving – Immaterial Cultural Heritage and Living Tradition

May 4, 2013 – April 19, 2015
With the inclusion of the museum in the “List of Switzerland’s living traditions”, the diversity of wood sculpture in Brienz was displayed.

Current Production in Swiss Wood Carving

May 9, 2015 – April 16, 2016
An exhibition of the Swiss Woodcarvers Association after merging with the Association of Brienz Woodcarvers VBH

Playing with Wood – Wooden Toys to Touch and Admire

May 21, 2016 – November 26, 2017
Wooden toys from different aspects and with enough space to indulge in your own playing instinct.

Carver Dynasty Huggler – 200 Years Art und Artistic Handcraft

May 5 – October 31, 2018
The focus of the special exhibition was the unique Huggler woodcarving dynasty, which shaped wood carving in the region over a period of 200 years.

Women Woodcarvers in the Cabinet

May 4 – October 27, 2019
It was time to dedicate a platform to the increasing number of women in wood carving.  The exhibition attracted considerable attention and was a success.

Carl Binder Brienz – Paris – Brienz

May 2 – October 31, 2020 and May 1 – October 30, 2021
Influenced by great French masters, Carl Binder celebrated international success. The exhibition showed early and later smaller to life-size figures and works.

Bernhard Dürig – Forms of Nature

May 8 – October 31, 2022
The banded sculptures seduce the observer with their lightness and elegance, as if a breath of wind could move them.

CUBES – Out of the workshop, into the cube
Woodcarvers from all over Switzerland show their works

May 6 – October 29, 2023
A world full of lightness, creativity, and joie de vivre was presented by the mobile exhibition THE CUBE with the diversity of the valuable work of the Swiss Woodcarvers Association. It provided a multifaceted insight into the works of over 40 Swiss woodcarvers, around 20 of whom come from the woodcarving stronghold around Brienz. Whether the boy with the harmonica, the fighting (or just cuddly?) cows, masterly slender figures, the wolves or the playful approach of girl and chimpanzee – there were hardly any limits to creativity. The works showed a wide variety of techniques, but also special features from diverse origins.