Event Surselva

Exhibition: Shift Change – Stones in the Old Town of Ilanz


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«Schichtwechsel - La Surselva» sensitizes, provokes, mediates and stimulates reflection on the geologically unique treasure of the Surselva.


14.08.2022 to 12.09.2025

«Schichtwechsel - La Surselva» in Ilanz are multifaceted activities on the subject of stone over three years, initiated by Kollektiv Umbruch of a working group of Baukunst Graubünden together with the Museum Regiunal Surselva and Anna Catrina AG.

One of many hidden treasures in the Surselva is the variety of stones that has grown over millions of years. This gave rise to the idea of founding the association «Schichtwechsel – La Surselva», which subsequently realised a special art exhibition in the city of Ilanz.

The aim of the exhibition is to create a multi-layered examination of the fundamental material stone. To invite visitors to take a closer look and an attempt to experience the surrounding mountain stones in a new context of a city.

«Schichtwechsel – La Surselva» is an installation made of individual and unusual stones. Each stone represents a specific character and represents a period of time in evolution. The stones come individually or grouped in ensembles and are shown in snapshots from the time archive of our earth's crust.

An installation of unusual stones weighing around 200 tons in the old town of Ilanz manifests the stone diversity of the Surselva and makes the stones of the mountains tangible in an urban context. The walk-in art exhibition is complemented by the special exhibition on stone in the Regiunal Surselva Museum. There, various aspects of the topic are deepened and knowledge about the geology and tectonic peculiarities in the Surselva is imparted. A varied supporting programme rounds off the offer.

Images: Lucia Degonda, Eskil Roll


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