‘The Alps - A Bird’s Eye View’, an exhibition of photographs by Matevž Lenarčič in Bern

July 2012

The official opening of ‘The Alps – A Bird’s Eye View’, an open-air exhibition of photographs by the Slovenian photographer, pilot and environmentalist Matevž Lenarčič, took place at the prestigious Zentrum Paul Klee arts centre in Bern on 1 June 2012.

The exhibition is the fruit of cooperation between the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Bern, the City of Bern and the Zentrum Paul Klee.

The aerial photographs of the Alps from Monaco to Slovenia are exhibited on more than one hundred panels along the promenade beside the Zentrum Paul Klee. The photographs are accompanied by commentaries in German and English. Geographical and environmental information, and ecological, cultural and historical texts are displayed on several additional panels, and a special panel presents the Pipistrel ultralight aircraft from which the photos were taken.

The exhibition is a Slovenian contribution to marking the twentieth anniversary of Swiss recognition of Slovenia and the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries.

The exhibition is undoubtedly having a promotional impact for Slovenia, as it has been seen by many visitors to the Centre, which is a popular local and national attraction. The exhibition very clearly puts Slovenia on the map of Europe in terms of its geographical position and culture. Both the Pipistrel company, which already has an office in Switzerland, and a folding bike launched by the company Studio Moderna, are also being promoted through the exhibition.

Mayor Tschäppät emphasised that the exhibition was the result of the close ties between Ljubljana and Bern, and that the first presentation of the exhibition outside Slovenia is in one of the capitals of the Alpine region. The fact that the Zentrum Paul Klee, which is known for its selectiveness, was prepared to host the exhibition shows its quality, in terms of both the photographic and textual content. 

On view until 31 August 2012.

Text by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Bern

Photo: Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Bern  and Matevž Lenarčič