Rights to the Work of Friedrich Dürrenmatt, recordings or photography in the CDN

The Literary Oeuvre

 All the publication rights for texts by Friedrich Dürrenmatt belong to Diogenes Verlag, Zurich. Diogenes Verlag of Zurich also holds the rights for all translations, stagings and film adaptations of said texts.

Diogenes Verlag AG
Sprecherstrasse 8
8032 Zürich
Tel. +41 (0)44 254 85 11
Fax. +41 (0)44 252 84 07

The Artistic Oeuvre

The publication rights for art works by Friedrich Dürrenmatt belong to the Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel/Swiss Confederation. At the request of interested parties (journalists, scientists, institutions, publishers, private individuals), the CDN authorises the reproduction in good quality and the publication of art works by Friedrich Dürrenmatt.

For all requests, the following information should be sent to the CDN:

  • Author
  • Titel
  • Kind of publication : scientific / commercial /...
  • Publisher or institution
  • Year
  • Tirage
  • Artworks wanted : please indicate for each work its inventory number ("Signatur") as referenced in the online inventory as well as the legend, according to the following template:

    Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Ominour meteor, 1980, gouache on cardboard, 71.5 x 102 cm, Collection Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel, © CDN/Swiss Confederation

The Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel (CDN) does not request a fee for authorising a reproduction, but this is subject to two conditions:

  • The entire legend of the work must be included with the picture in a publication or as part of a presentation (conference, roundtable). Any change to the legend must be discussed and approved by the CDN.
  • A specimen copy of the publication must be sent to the CDN, including for non-published research works.

Please send your request with all the information you require to the e-mail address below:

Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel
Duc-Hanh Luong
Pertuis-du-Sault 74
2000 Neuchâtel
Phone +41 58 466 70 63

Upon receipt of a signed written acceptance of the above conditions, the CDN issues the necessary authorisation and transmits the information for ordering the desired files to the Swiss National Library's Photo and Reprography Department. The costs of reprography are to be borne by the person/institution requesting it.

Information on CDN publications

The CDN can send a list of CDN publications relevant to the subject to anyone who wishes to work on Friedrich Dürrenmatt's pictorial work. If a publication is used in the context of the research work, the CDN would like it to be correctly referenced according to the practices of the university or the publishing house.


The copyrights for photographs of Friedrich Dürrenmatt or of productions of his plays belong to their respective photographers or the latter's heirs or, in any case, to the respective agency or collecting society.

Film, video, sound recordings or photography in the CDN 

The Swiss National Library is responsible for the preservation of its collections as part of its legal mandate. Professional recordings or photography on the premises of the National Library (with or without collection items) therefore require authorisation.

Special provisions apply to media coverage. Journalists should contact: 

The application form, which must be submitted at least 20 days before the desired recording or photo shooting date, as well as the technical-organisational operating conditions for these recordings or photo shootings can be found here:

Further information

Swiss National Library
Photo and Reprography
Hallwylstrasse 15
3003 Bern
Phone +41 58 464 03 09