Exhibition: Oct. 25, 2019 to March 15, 2020

Sugar lick and flour pastries – Dough figures and sugar art from Appenzell to China

With the exhibition "Sugar lick and flour pastries", Haus Appenzell is honouring two sweet Christmas traditions from Appenzell Innerrhoden: the Chlausebickli and the Devisli. The colourful hand-painted gingerbread and the artfully made sugar dough pictures accompany the Advent season in Appenzell and adorn the Chlausezüüg on Christmas Eve – precursor of today's Christmas tree. In the form of sugar, they depict scenes from everyday farming life and customs. As an addition to the Appenzeller sweetmeat, the exhibition presents showpieces by the sugar artist Marion Schön. Her filigree objects – including an Appenzell alpine procession – are all made of blown, pulled and poured sugar.

The exhibition juxtaposes Swiss sugar art with the Chinese tradition of dough figures, which goes back more than 2000 years to the Han Dynasty. As highly symbolic edible blessing bearers, they accompany many important annual and family celebrations in China. Although included on the list of immaterial cultural heritage, the decorative, often colourfully designed flour dough objects are hardly known in our latitudes. With magnificent examples from the provinces of Shaanxi, Shanxi, Shandong and Beijing, visitors are shown the variety of styles of the Chinese dough craft.

25th October 2019 – 15th March 2020, opened Tue-Fri 12am-5pm and Sat 11am-5pm.

By federal decree concerning coronavirus, the exhibition "Sugar lick and flour pastries" had to be closed prematurely on 15th March 2020.


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


Download the exhibition flyer and poster here.


Impressions of the exhibition opening on 23 October 2019.