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

Photo de l'exposition

The Underground of Geneva



Underground construction has been performed for many years: either to lay the foundations for constructions and the sanitation of buildings or for the purpose of storing, hiding, protecting and burying. Since the early ages, mankind has worked underground to extract raw materials and draw water. More recently, with the development of human activity and its mobility, the underground world has become an invaluable resource for transport, the distribution of fluids and to compensate for the increasing scarcity of surface areas.

Metamorphosed into a vaulted labyrinth, the SIG Quartier Libre exhibition space features more than 60 sites and activities developed in the Geneva underground. A favourite subject for SIG, whose mission and projects are mainly performed in underground or underwater environments.



No other woman artist of the twentieth century is more famous than Niki de Saint Phalle. Her Nanas made her reputation overnight. According to her, her Nanas are the symbol of the happy and free woman who dances in a world of music, sounds and joy. Niki de Saint Phalle also used them as an advertising motif, for example for her poster of the Montreux Jazz Festival, on which we can see a black Nana swinging to the rhythm of jazz music on a mystical blue background or, in an identical pose, on the poster of the perfume line she had created and with which she financed the dream of her life, the project of the Tarots Garden.




Guided tours
During the exhibition and outside school holidays, guided tours are available free of charge for schools and community centres.
By reservation, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 9:15 am, 10:30 am and 2 pm.
Duration: 45 min.
Groups: 10 minimum – 25 maximum.
Recommended age: From 5 years old
Guide: a cultural mediator


"My poster" workshop
Visit of the exhibition with a cultural mediator followed by a "My poster" workshop which allows each participant to create a personalised poster in the style of Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle.
Dates: 9 and 16 June, 1 and 15 September 2018.
Ages: from 4 to 11 years old, from 9 am to 10 am; from 12 to 15 years old, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Reservations on 022 420 75 75 or exposition@sig-ge.ch

Timeline of the exhibitions


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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



+41 (0) 22 420 75 75

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