The Swiss Cultural Center is our third review of those foreign culture jewels in Paris. This place is a relatively small bookshop, nestled in Le Marais disctrict. It displays a number of books of Swiss authors, but also books about Switzerland itself. The centre also regularly displays artworks or exhibitions of all types. It also programs exhibitions, talks and projections, always around contemporary artistic expression coming out of the little country in the mountains.
Not long ago, I had the chance to enter a nice exhibition where a number of old-fashioned telephones (yes, the ones with the disk to dial the number) were distributed through the show, and when you took the telephone and brought it to your ear, you heard the voice of a writer, or of a person reading poems or literature written by that writer. It was quite a nice experience and definitely very innovative.
If you are walking through the Marais district, it is nice to drop by, glance through their shelves and perhaps find something interesting to read or to look at. It is definitely a change from the global brand shops that you find around in that area, and definitely nice to visit.
Upcoming there is an exhibition of modern artist Annemarie von Matt and other 8 Swiss artists. From October 11 to November 15. Free entrance.