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Photo exhibition 2023

Silvio Maraini
Flooded Cathedrals



Guided tour

Thursday, May 18, 2023, 13.00
Sunday, May 21, 2023, 13.00
In German language

Flooded Cathedrals

Once a year, Switzerland's water reservoirs, which are hidden deep in the earth, are emptied and cleaned. On precisely these days, Silvio Maraini photographed the then empty, abstract and simultaneously sublime-looking rooms.

The photographs are of captivating beauty. Sublime temples, supports like church pillars and an apparently oversized vault. As a viewer, one involuntarily wonders where one can marvel at these «flooded cathedrals». From the outside, their existence is usually only revealed by the entrance door to a shaft. Silvio Maraini stepped through this inconspicuous door and documented "the monuments of civilization": water tanks that are hidden deep in the earth so that we have cool drinking water. However, the most important thing is missing from the pictures, the purpose of these containers – the water is missing. In this way, the photographer opens up a space for us that we would never have been able to see in this way.

Silvio Maraini

Silvio Maraini portrait

Silvio Maraini was born in 1970 and grew up in Baden. He studied geophysics at the ETH Zurich and works alongside his photographic work in the environmental sector. His work can be found in numerous private and public collections, including F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Basel, EAWAG (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology) and IWB (Industrielle Werke Basel). He lives in Eastern Switzerland.


Exhibitions (selection)

2021 Association les Berges de Vessy, Geneva
2019 Albrecht Gallery, Berlin
2018 photo basel
2017 Monika Wertheimer Gallery, Basel
2015 Gallery 94, Baden
2014 Museum of Design, Zurich; BelleVue, Basel
2013 Monika Wertheimer Gallery, Basel
2012 EAWAG, Dübendor WerftKeller, Oberrieden
2010 WerftKeller, Oberrieden
2008 Nature Museum Lucerne; photo 08, Zurich
2007 art space Baden; Art Gallery Ryf, Zurich
2005 Art Gallery Ryf, Lichtensteig
2004 Art one gallery, Zurich
2003 Photo Gallery 94, Baden; University Hospital Goettingen, Germany
2001 Solo exhibition at the 6th conference of the DGPh (Society for Photography), Section Medicine and Science. Munich, Germany)

book publications

2019 Silvio Maraini: 'Stars – Equine Portraits', foreword by Ingrid Klimke. BENTELI Verlag, ISBN 978-3-7165-1856-4
2016 Silvio Maraini: 'Flooded Cathedrals – Underwater Cathedrals'. New, expanded edition, with a foreword by Benedikt Loderer. BENTELI Verlag, ISBN 978-3-7165-1827-4
2012 Silvio Maraini: 'Flooded Cathedrals - Underwater Cathedrals', foreword by Benedikt Loderer, BENTELI Verlag, ISBN 978-3-7165-1716-1

Main sponsors

photo video zumstein


Resident community of Münsingen
fotoclub münsingen
swisslos cultural funding for the canton of Bern