Exhibition: Oct. 5, 2018 to April 27, 2019

Between light and shadow – Old craft | Guilds | Lanterns

From October 5th 2018, the Haus Appenzell invites you into the world of the old crafts: Hatter, shaver, saddler or white cooper – the exhibition gives insights into familiar and forgotten professional worlds. Beautiful lanterns and artefacts from the guild's archives illustrate the historical influence of the guild system on the old occupational categories.

An artistic interpretation of the old crafts between light and shadow is presented by three artists from Eastern Switzerland: Markus Oertle from Urnäsch created workshops in the form of peep-boxes. Thomas Urben from Zürchersmühle near Urnäsch used typical materials and old tools to create artfully illuminated sculptures. Inspired by guild signs on crests and lanterns, the artist Xu Ying from Schaffhausen painted backlit polycarbonate discs.

Also a look into the future is ventured: around 100 pupils from Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Appenzell Innerrhoden, Schaffhausen and Zurich have designed lanterns with their own dream jobs drawn on them.

5th October 2018 – 27th April 2019, opened Tue-Fri 12am-5pm and Sat 11am-5pm.


The exhibition catalogue (in German) can be ordered here.


Download the exhibition flyer and poster here.


Impressions of the exhibition opening on 4th October 2018.


Artisans and craftsmen of the Säntis region gave insights into their work at Haus Appenzell:

Pewterer Sibylle Bichsel
Embroiderers Burgi Streule and Marie-Theres Büchler
White cooper Hans Reifler
Dulcimer maker Werner Alder
Alpine saddler Roger Dörig
Nailer Thomas Urben


These are the winners of the voting for the lanterns with the dream professions.