Charlie Chaplin | Museum Corsier-sur-Vevey Switzerland
Chaplin, a fearless artistic creator made global history with his work and became a symbol of hope for many. True artistic creation is often the result of working through trauma and pain and are for some individuals the drive to do better in the world. Very few people are able to use their life experience and transform it into expressive art. Charlie Chaplin was one of these people. His contribution towards humanity touched many of different classes in society, and is still extremely relevant today. He stopped at nothing to put forward what he wanted to express which even got him exiled from America and landed him in Switzerland, Corsier-sur-Vevey, where there is now a museum about his life in his former residency.
The Chaplin Museum, Chaplin's World
The museum is split into two parts, the studio and the manor. It equally holds a beautiful promenade with a breathtaking view over Lac Leman (Lake Geneva). Below are a few pictures of the studio, the manor and the promenade to gain an impression of the museum.
An interactive walkthrough allows you to see details about his life and why he created certain pieces. It allows to see his inspirations as well as the connection of his creations with global political circumstances.
Through his former residency you can see how Chaplin lived in Switzerland and a lot of the effects his creations had on global society. In the Manor you can see details about Chaplin as a humanitarian as well as his “not so happy” thoughts about the industrialized materialistic world and how this is turning people into machine like people with little compassion.
An incredibly beautiful walk around the manor and studio grounds.
He is someone who has inspired many creative artists and also is a great personal inspiration of mine. See the beauty in life no matter what, laugh at all times and do whatever is in your power to bring more happiness and humanity into this world.
One of my favorite things about Chaplin is his speech from the great dictator, (1940) which was a strong influence for my own first company, trying to bring more humanity into the “machine like” working world, and it is more than relevant, still today in 2020.
“…You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are (hu)men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts…!”
For anyone who likes Chaplin’s creations and for all the change makers out there who still have a heart full of love, this museum is very beautifully put together and only to be recommended!
We are generation change.
Enjoy! Yours truly,
© Isabel Buchbinder