• Panorama Rouen 1431
    created by Yadegar Asisi in 2016
    photo © asisi

Thun-Panorama reopened after restoration campaign

Sunday, 07 September 2014

On 7 September 2014 the Thun-Panorama has reopened after a major restoration campaign. In 2014 the panorama painting has been restored entirely and the building got an extension, which will grant a reasonable and up-to-date presence and enable an enhanced arrangement.

The 200-year-old painting of the town of Thun with the backdrop of the Bernese Apls is the oldest surviving work of its kind. The monumental rotunda is 7.5 metres high and 38 metres long. Artist Marquard Wocher from Basel sketched the 360° picture while sitting on a house rooftop in the town. This unusal "rooftop" perspective provides one with a voyeuristic view into homes and onto swares and alleys as inhabitants go about theri daily lives. In great detail, Wocher highlights the comings and goings of about 300 people on an early morning in 1808.

It was first shown in Basel and after the artist’s death it was presented to Thun as a gift. The painting was forgotten untill it has been possible to restore the work thanks to the efforts of the Eidgenössische Gottfried-Keller-Stiftung. It has been accessible to the public since 1961 in a specially constructed round building in Schadaupark.

The oldest, still preserved 360° panoramic painting in the world has been exhibited in a rotunda in Schadaupark in Thun since 1961. It is a unique jewel and an extraordinary contemporary document of Thun town 200 years ago. Almost fifty years later, the infrastructure of the rotunda and the foyer as well as the form of presentation of the panoramic picture didn't meet the standards of a contemporary museum building.