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BiG exhibition «Walter Rutishauser: Fotograf. Streiflichter auf die Sammlung»

The Library am Guisanplatz BiG’s latest exhibition presents a selection of photos from the collection of press photographer Walter Rutishauser (1940–2017), including pictures taken at the beginning of his career and from inside the Federal Palace.

National Council members Otto Nauer (1914–2012) and Massimo Pini (1936–2003) at their computer terminal in the Salle des pas perdus in the Federal Palace in Bern in 1984.
National Council members Otto Nauer (1914–2012) and Massimo Pini (1936–2003) at their computer terminal in the Salle des pas perdus, 1984 (Walter Rutishauser collection, Library am Guisanplatz BiG)

From Thursday, 12 May 2022, 5:00pm
To Thursday, 31 August 2023, 4:30pm

Papiermühlestrasse 21a 3014 Bern
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The photographs by Walter Rutishauser (1940–2017) capture a chapter in the history of Swiss political history. Walter ‘Ruti’ Rutishauser worked for many decades as a press photographer in the Federal Palace in Bern.

The exhibition at the Library am Guisanplatz BiG casts light on Rutishauser’s photographic work through a selection of pictures, including some black-and-white photos not previously exhibited. Taking a look through the photographer’s lens, we present highlights from the 1960s through to the 1990s.

The Rutishauser collection

The Walter Rutishauser photo archive contains around 300,000 items and has been held at the BiG since 2013. The collection of some 6,000 portraits of members of parliament has already been digitised and can be accessed online via the search portal.

Walter Rutishauser was born in Winterthur in 1940 and completed an apprenticeship as a photographer with Hans Grämiger. From 1960 onwards he worked as a press photographer with ATP photo services and for Ringier photo services. From 1969 to 1979 he headed a branch of Keystone in Bern. From 1979 to 2000 he worked as press photographer for the Tages Anzeiger newspaper. Rutishauser died in 2017 in Bern.

Public tours

During the exhibition, five public guided tours will be offered with Dr. Oswald Sigg, former speaker of the Federal Council, and Mathias Kobel (in german language). Interested visitors can register online at up to one week before the tour date. Guided tours are free of charge; groups are limited to 12 people. The meeting point is at the reception in the Library Am Guisanplatz, Papiermühlestrasse 21 A, 3001 Bern.

Thursday, 15 December 2022, 5pm – 5.45pm
Thursday, 22 February 2023, 5pm – 5.45pm
Wednesday, 16 March 2023, 5pm – 5.45pm
Tuesday, 10 May 2023, 5pm – 5.45pm
Tuesday, 22 June 2023, 5pm – 5.45pm

The exhibition runs from 13 May 2022 to 31 August 2023 and can be visited free of charge during the BiG’s opening hours (free entrance):


8.30–11am / 2–4.30pm Uhr

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Library Am Guisanplatz

Papiermühlestrasse 21a
CH-3003 Bern