The Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel

Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921–90), the world-renowned writer and playwright, was also an avid painter and illustrator his whole life. The Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel (CDN) showcases his paintings as they relate to his literary works in a permanent exhibition. The museum also stages temporary exhibitions and events, and offers guided tours, workshops for schools, publications and a podcast. Designed by Mario Botta around Dürrenmatt’s former home, the CDN showcases parts of the writer and painter’s living space.

The CDN is close to the railway station in Neuchâtel, nestled in the heart of the green and leafy Vallon de l’Ermitage.

Permanent exhibition "Friedrich Dürrenmatt - writer and artist"

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Permanent exhibition

The permanent exhibition is devoted to Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s rich and highly diversified art, and to how it relates to his literary output.

Exhibition "Friedrich Dürrenmatt – Le Jeu"

Expo Jeu

Friedrich Dürrenmatt – Le Jeu

Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Valérie Favre, Jacques Chessex, Guy Debord, Hannes Binder, Benjamin Gottwald

8th October 2022 – 12th February 2023. Extended until 26 February 2023.

L’exposition présente les multiples facettes du jeu chez Friedrich Dürrenmatt en faisant entrer en résonance ses œuvres avec celles d’autres artistes.

Living space

Sixtinische Kapelle

Dürrenmatt’s living space

Discover Dürrenmatt's Sistine Chapel, his library, impressive office and other places steeped in history at the CDN.



Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel
Pertuis-du-Sault 74
2000 Neuchâtel
T +41 58 466 70 60
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Info: the exhibition spaces are air-conditioned (20 degrees).

Opening hours

Wednesday till Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00

Monday and Tuesday: closed

Friedrich Dürrenmatt's office can be visited on Saturdays from 11 am to 1.30 pm. and from 2 pm to 4.45 pm.

Dans l’au-delà

Lundis des Mots – Le jeu dans la littérature

Lundi 6 février 2023 à 18h30. Précédé d’une visite guidée à 18h. Entrée libre

Expo Jeu

Finissage: Führung im Duo «Dürrenmatt illustrieren»

Sonntag, 12. Februar 2023 um 14 Uhr

Mit Hannes Binder, Künstler, und Gabriel Grossert, Ausstellungskurator. Eintritt frei