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Christmas traditions for all your senses

Some color for Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse. Two colourful traditions meet in the exhibition “Zuckerschleck und Mehlgebäck” (Sugar lick and flour pastries): Haus Appenzell confronts the Chinese tradition of dough figures with the Christmas sugar art from Appenzell Innerrhoden.

The dough figures, made from flour dough and steamed, can probably be seen for the first time ever in the form of an exhibition in Switzerland. The tradition goes back more than 2000 years to the Han Dynasty. Somewhat younger are the colourful, hand-painted gingerbread (“Chlausebickli”) and artfully made sugar dough pictures (“Devisli”), which accompany the Advent season in Appenzell and decorate the “Chlausezüüg” on Christmas Eve – a prequel to today’s Christmas tree.

Exhibition and Workshops

The exhibition “Zuckerschleck und Mehlgebäck – dough figures and sugar art from Appenzell to China” is open Tuesday through Saturday from 25 October 2019 to 25 April 2020. Admission is free.

Haus Appenzell, St. Peterstrasse 16, 8001 Zurich

Tue-Fri 12.00-17.00, Sat 11.00-17.00

Creative workshops await the audience in the accompanying programme of the exhibition: In the pre-Christmas period there is the opportunity to work as a Chlausebickli painter and to decorate Appenzeller gingerbread. In spring 2020, sugar artistry workshops will be offered and decorative showpieces made from drawn and blown sugar.