Bourbaki Panorama Luzern


Discount with the Tell-Pass: 20% on single admission

Panoramic images were a form of mass media in the 19th century. The general public’s appetite for visual stimulation was gratified by spectacular illusions. Today, circular paintings can be interpreted not only as a precursor of the cinema, but also as a pioneer of state-of-the-art digital presentational forms.


The Bourbaki Panorama (10 × 112 m, originally 14 × 112 m) was painted by Edouard Castres (1838–1902) in Geneva in 1881. Castres, a Red Cross volunteer during the war, realistically depicted the misery of war, thereby revealing his zealous commitment to peace. Ferdinand Hodler was also part of his painting team. In 1889, the Bourbaki Panorama was transferred to Lucerne.

As in a hidden-object picture (Wimmelbild), numerous individual fates are depicted in the enormous painting. The award-winning “My Bourbaki Panorama” app allows visitors to immerse themselves in the history and everyday life of these “little people”. The app is available in English/ German/ French. The Tablets needed for using the App will be provided by the Bourbaki Panorama.

Until 31 December 2020 the Bourbaki Panorama shows the special exhibition «Visual Wonders. Trickery, Deception & Illusion». In collaboration with the Seico collective and the Lucerne School of Art and Design, this exhibition is dedicated to our fascination with optical achievements and invites you to explore them with your own eyes. Children are gladly welcome at the special exhibition. They receive a short guide, in which three comic characters walk them through the exhibition and explain the visual machines and their amazing effects.



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