The 1920s. Living between tradition and modernity in the international Saar area


Historisches Museum Saar, Saarbrücken, Schlossplatz, until August 30, 2020

The Museum of Saar History (Historisches Museum Saar) is presenting „The 1920s. Living between tradition and modernity in the international Saar area", until August 30, 2020.  The exhibition is staged in the hall built by Gottfried Böhm and explores the development of the Saarland up to the referendum in 1935. The exhibition makes extensive use of media and numerous original objects from the time, and in addition, one room is dedicated to the history of the cinema of that time.

The twenties are associated with the bob, Charleston and Art deco. The enactment of the Treaty of Versailles in January 1920 also heralded the birth of the Saarland. The exhibition "The 20s“ shines a light on the early years of the Saarland and develops this up to the annexation of the Saar region by the German Reich. In addition to well-researched political history regarding the occupation, the French mine administration and the struggle of the referendum, a large part of the exhibition is for the very first time devoted to everyday life in the Saar region.

The focus of the exhibition is on topics such as increasing mobility and electrification, the new leisure opportunities such as the cinema, fashion and the question of the reality and the myth of the "New Woman". Social issues such as poverty and unemployment are also addressed. Among the exhibits are loans from the United Nations Library and Archives Geneva, as well as motorbikes, Charleston dresses and electrical household appliances, all of which give visitors some sense of the new life-style. The 1920s are also brought to life by the extensive use of media and interactive exhibits. The presentation evokes a street scene simulating the day and night cycle.

Within the framework of the exhibition, there is an extensive additional program with costume tours, workshops for children, films and a series of talks. The exhibition is trilingual in design:  visitors from abroad will be provided with brochures about the exhibition in both French and English at the reception.  The Imhof-Verlag is going to publish an exhibition catalogue of 240 pages.

The exhibition falls under the patronage of the Prime Minister of the Saarland Tobias Hans. It was funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the project "Machine Rooms". 

The exhibition features League of Nations Archives related to Saarland, on loan from the UN Library & Archives Geneva.

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10.00 – 18.00, Wednesday 10.00 – 20.00

Monday closed

“Tout un monde”: Palais des Nations art visits the City of Geneva


D10 Art Space and Lian foundation are delighted to host a unique exhibition of artworks belonging to the United Nations art collection adorning the Palais des Nations, home of the League of Nations since 1936 and of the United Nations at Geneva since 1945. For the first time, a selection of the over 2000 artworks kept at the Palais des Nations is on public display in an art gallery in Geneva.  


Entitled “Tout un Monde”, the exhibition highlights the role of art in the practice of multilateral diplomacy and the historical value of the Palais des Nations’ collection, built during 100 years, since the birth of the League of Nations in 1919. Tout un Monde presents a selection of artworks acquired during the long history of the Palais des Nations both by the League of Nations and the United Nations. These includes donations by governments and individual artists.  


With its national accents and a variety of techniques and themes, the exhibition is a testimony of the important place of art in the life of the Palais des Nations, a unique building designed for the purpose of hosting multilateral policy making. Tout un Monde is a unique, eclectic journey in the world of international relations since the early twentieth century and is part of the initiatives to mark 100 years of multilateralism in Geneva ( . The initiative is also a way to bring to Genevans a part of their beloved Palais des Nations while the building is closed to external visitors due to important renovations.  


In these times of uncertainty, marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, this exhibition is a timely reminder of the power of art to bring peace and dialogue among civilizations. The opening of this unique event just as the situation improves slightly is a deliberate and positive signal. The United Nations Office at Geneva and D10 Art Space came together with the support of several countries to send a message that art does not exist only for its aesthetics values. It also serves one of the fundamental values of multilateralism: that of the unity of humankind in all its cultural diversity. This value is also shared by the Lian foundation, a philanthropic, non-profit organization, dedicated to funding high-impact social initiatives. 


Over the years D10 Art Space has focused on dialogue and exchanges and this remarkable exhibition is the occasion to demonstrate its experience. The artistic curator at D10 Art Space has selected artworks including historic objects, contemporary art, indigenous artifacts, and media as diverse as painting, sculpture and installation. Because the collection of the Palais des Nations not developed without rigid acquisition rules, it has surprising facets reflecting the evolution of international diplomacy in a place of continuous intercultural exchanges and dialogue.  


No city is better placed than Geneva to host this exhibition, which is in itself a message of hope and a demonstration that art too is a multilateral phenomenon.  


After months of the unprecedented worldwide confinement caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Tout un Monde is the occasion for visitors to embark on an emotional and aesthetic journey that redefines our perception of multilateralism and brings us closer to one another and to the world.