ICRC Exhibition “Humanizing War?”

On the occasion of the founding of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 1863, and the signing of the first Geneva Convention in 1864, Geneva’s museums of art and history are presenting the exhibition “Humanizing War? ICRC – 150 years of humanitarian action“. The aim of this major exhibition is to show the various challenges the  ICRC has faced at different times and in the light of parallel developments in the nature of conflicts and violence.


The concept of the exhibition is to focus on humanitarian action by the ICRC over 150 years by showing the development of:

• conflicts and the context of violence;

• the identities of victims and the kinds of violence they suffer;

• the ICRC’s work methods and resources, both technical and human.

The human dimension is in the center-stage and vividly experienced through photos and film clips and the stories told by other forms of evidence, such as archives, contemporary objects and audio documents.

The exhibition was organized by a partnership of Geneva’s art and history museums, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Caen Memorial, in cooperation with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum.

It has been made possible by the generous support of the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation.


Exhibition curators

Bertrand Mazeirat, head of the exhibitions department at Geneva’s art and history museums

Daniel Palmieri, historical research officer at the ICRC

Iris Meierhans, head of the ICRC’s project on 150 years of humanitarian action

Stéphane Grimaldi, director of the Caen Memorial



At the moment the exhibition is presented in the Rath Museum, Geneva, until July 20, 2014.

Afterwards it will be hosted by the Memorial de Caen between May and December 2105.

You will find more detailed information about this intriguing exhibition @:



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