Swiss Art Depicting the Beauty of Non-Conventional Relationships and Lifestyles

Eine rote Laterne im Schnee. Diese soll das Thema des Artikels "Street Photography" oder Street Fotografie in Basel, Schweiz im Winter und im Schnee, representieren.

The Art of Love

In a world where conformity often takes precedence, embracing an unconventional lifestyle can be an act of personal empowerment. For some, this may involve adopting a vegan lifestyle for ethical and environmental reasons. For others, it might involve exploring non-conventional relationships that defy societal expectations. In this article, we will delve into the world of Swiss art, literature, and cinema, where non-conventional relationships and lifestyles are brought to life through the creative expressions of talented artists and writers.

Swiss Literature: Breaking Free From Conventional Relationship Norms

Switzerland has a rich history of literature that challenges traditional relationship norms and celebrates the individuality of love. Classic Swiss novels and modern works alike delve into the complexities of non-conventional relationships, reflecting the reality that love can take many forms. Here are some notable examples:

  1. Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s “Der Besuch der alten Dame” (The Visit) showcases unconventional relationships within a small town, providing readers with unique perspectives on love and connection [1].
  2. Max Frisch’s “Homo Faber” tells the story of an engineer, Walter Faber, who experiences a series of coincidences that lead him to question his rational, structured approach to life and relationships [2].
  3. “Der Geliebte der Mutter” (The Mother’s Lover) by Urs Widmer explores the complexities of a mother’s love affair with a younger man, as seen through the eyes of her son [3].

Swiss Visual Art: Capturing the Essence of Non-Conventional Relationships

Swiss visual art has long provided a platform for artists to express their unique perspectives on love and relationships. Through paintings, photographs, and sculptures, Swiss artists have depicted the diverse world of non-conventional relationships, challenging societal norms and sparking conversations about what it means to love authentically. Some notable examples include:

  1. Swiss photographer René Groebli’s series “The Eye of Love” captures intimate moments between a couple, inviting the viewer to contemplate the intricacies of love and human connection [4].
  2. H.R. Giger, a Swiss surrealist painter and sculptor, often depicted themes of love and relationships in his otherworldly, biomechanical art, challenging conventional notions of human connection [5].
  3. Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist explores themes of love, relationships, and female identity through her innovative video installations, offering new perspectives on the human experience [6].

Swiss Cinema: Unconventional Lifestyles on the Silver Screen

Swiss cinema has also played a crucial role in bringing unconventional lifestyles to the forefront. Here are some noteworthy examples:

  1. “Les grandes ondes (à l’ouest)” (Longwave) offers unique perspectives on non-conventional relationships, encouraging audiences to question traditional relationship models and embrace the individuality of love [7].
  2. “Chanson d’amour” (Love Song) similarly challenges societal norms and explores the complexities of love and human connection [8].
  3. “Mary & Johnny” is a Swiss film that tells the story of a young couple exploring the boundaries of their relationship while navigating the ups and downs of life in the city [9].


Swiss art, literature, and cinema provide a unique platform for the exploration of non-conventional relationships and lifestyles. By challenging societal norms and expectations, these creative expressions encourage us to question our own preconceived notions about love and connection. Embracing the beauty of individuality and diversity in relationships can lead to a more authentic, fulfilling life experience.


[1] Der Besuch der alten Dame – Wikipedia

[2] Homo Faber (novel) – Wikipedia

[3] Der Geliebte der Mutter by Urs Widmer – Goodreads

[4] René Groebli – The Eye of Love

[5] H.R. Giger Official Website

[6] Pipilotti Rist

[7] Les grandes ondes (à l’ouest) (2013) – IMDb

Bastian Peter

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