The Ninth Art… invented by a Genevois

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The Ninth Art… invented by a Genevois

Surrounded by beautiful mansions, Toepffer Square in the Les Tranchées neighbourhood reminds us that the comic strip originated in Geneva.

Did you know that the comic strip was born in Geneva? Rodolphe Toepffer, a teacher with innovative methods, was the first to produce them: he used to take his students on long school-excursion study trips, which he recounted with verve in illustrated books. Encouraged by Goethe, who was amazed by the humour and novelty of the process, Toepffer produced numerous master pieces. A square and a sculpture are dedicated to him in the luxurious Les Tranchées district, which has remarkable buildings dating back to the late 19thand early 20th centuries. The residential sector is a striking symbol of the history of modern Geneva : it was the first to be built beyond the fortifications that encircled the upper town at the time. The orthogonal grid of streets allowed the construction of luxurious mansions. The Baur Foundation Museum of the Far East is housed in one of the residences of the area. Visit and view the beautiful Imperial Japanese ceramics on display.

Fondation Baur

8, rue Munier-Romilly

Square Toepffer

Quartier des Tranchées

1206 Geneva

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