Quartier Libre,
a cultural venue in the heart of Geneva

This iconic Geneva building on the Pont de la Machine has borne witness to the early industrialisation of the city and is the oldest of the Geneva industrial works on the Rhone in urban areas. It regulated the level of the river for a long time, prior to Seujet plant taking over. Now completely transformed, the building hosts Quartier Libre SIG.

Quartier Libre, the SIG exhibition space

Quartier Libre is a space dedicated to culture, with diverse, interactive and educational exhibitions on:

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    The environment

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    Humanitarian topics

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    Visual arts

The featured exhibitions reflect SIG's commitments with respect to the promotion of heritage, accessibility to culture, and awareness of the challenges facing society.

Ongoing exhibition


ABCH Illustratrices Illustrateurs Jeunesse Suisses

Discover an alphabet featuring 26 young Swiss illustrators. Each letter of the alphabet is associated with an illustration and a word that, obviously or in the form of a wink, refers to a particular Swiss feature. The selection includes 10 Swiss-French speakers among the 26 illustrators.
By way of this exhibition, SIG aims to draw attention to the work of Swiss illustrators and promote the work of the illustrators, which is all too often overlooked.

An exhibition organised by SIG in collaboration with Pro Helvetia, SBVV, the State of Geneva and the House of Rousseau and Literature (MRL).

Practical information

From 11 October to 1 March 2020
Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Due to the workshops organised by the House of Rousseau and Literature, the exhibition will be closed all day on 7, 12, 21 and 22 November, on the mornings of 4 and 13 December and 10 and 17 January, as well as on the afternoons of 9 and 10 December.

Quartier Libre SIG
Pont de la Machine 1
1204 Genève

Group visits (from 10 persons)

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 9.15 a.m., 10.30 a.m. and 2 p.m. (duration: 50 min.)
Mandatory registration by email to exposition@sig-ge.ch

Event programming

In addition to the exhibition, the House of Rousseau and Literature offers and conducts a rich programme of visits, activities and workshops. A comic reading will be presented on November 23rd at 4pm as part of the literary festival Fureur de Lire. While Jean-Louis Johannides will give his voice to Jean-Pierre Rochat's text Petite Brume, Tom Tirabosco will draw live, according to the images inspired by the words.

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Visiting hours

Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm.
Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm.
Open only during the exhibitions.




Free admission



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