by Fabrizio D'Aloisio
Saturday, December 24, 2022
In the St. Moritz Design Gallery, along the pedestrian passage from Badrutt's Palace Hotel down to the lake, there are 31 large illuminated showcases in which changing exhibitions of valuable posters and photographs are held. This winter season, visitors can look forward to an exhibition on bobsleighing. With good reasons: In mid-January 2023, the World Bobsleigh Championships will be held on the Olympic Bob Run in St. Moritz-Celerina, and the legendary Saint Moritz Bobsleigh Club celebrates its 125th anniversary in December 2022. To mark the occasion, St. Moritz Design Gallery is showing large-format posters of excerpts from the colourful history of Saint Moritz Bobsleigh Club and bobsleighing sport. The world's oldest bobsleigh club was founded on 21 December 1897 by English enthusiasts. One of the initiators' goals was to keep the road to Celerina in passable condition for bobsleigh rides. But safety was also an issue: for example, the club had to print flyers for the coachmen, and guards had to be posted at dangerous places to warn bobsleighs and horse-drawn sleighs to watch out for each other! It took a long time to attain today's bobsleigh run with its start and finish shelters.
Natural ice rink created with muscle power
The exhibition along the escalator in the Serletta car park is divided into two parts. In the first part, historical photographs are shown; in the second, Engadine photographer Filip Zuan documents the construction, operation and decay of the bobsleigh run. He pays special attention to the people who every year build this bobsleigh run anew with shovels and muscle power, and maintain it during operation. The South Tyrolean team arrives at the end of November each year and starts rebuilding the run with their characteristic precision. Within three weeks, the largest snow sculpture in the world is created from 15,000 cubic metres of snow and 10,000 cubic metres of water. The photographs are from Filip Zuan's book "Handmade".
**Exhibition dates: Saint Moritz Bobsleigh Club, 125th Anniversary **
St. Moritz Design Gallery, Serletta multi-storey car park
December 2022 - May 2023, open 24 hours a day
The Diavolezza cable car is in operation, but all ski slopes are closed. Corviglia and Muottas Muragl will open their summer season on June 10, 2023, Corvatsch on June 17, 2023. •The TIME Magazine has listed St. Moritz among the 50 World's Greatest Places of 2023. •Souvenir St. Moritz Volume 4 is a unique collaboration between two British artists: David Sims and Jake Chapman. Order now in the shop. •