Die «Tiere Afrikas» hinter Glas – Die Dioramen im Naturhistorischen Museum Bern

The “animals of Africa” whose skins, skulls and horns were brought to Bern from hunting expeditions al-most 100 years ago can still be admired today in the habitat dioramas of the Natural History Museum in Bern.


  • Lead department Bern University of the Arts
  • Institute Institute Practices and Theories in the Arts
  • Research unit Art as Research: artistic creation and epistemologies
  • Funding organisation SNSF
  • Duration (planned) 01.09.2020 - 31.08.2024
  • Project management Priska Gisler
  • Head of project Priska Gisler
  • Project staff Sarah Csernay
    Thushany Iyampillai
    Luzia Hürzeler
  • Partner Universität Bern
    Kunstmuseum Bern
    Naturhistorisches Museeum
    Schweizerischer Nationalfonds SNF


This interdisciplinary project examines how, and based on what precedents, these donations were prepared to create seemingly “living” animals, into what “landscapes” they were integrated, and how these dioramas were maintained over time.