Display without filter

Promotion and prevention of smoking in Geneva

Bibliothèque de Genève

The Bibliothèque de Genève offers a journey back to the not-so-distant past, when smoking was displayed on the streets of our cities as a healthy and cool practice that brought men and women together. With the help of millions of francs, prestigious agencies and renowned graphic designers, the cigarette industry has established itself in the collective imagination through advertising. How did the associations and groups involved in the prevention of tobacco-related illnesses work, with asymmetrical means, to limit, and then ban, such advertising in the streets of Geneva?
An unfiltered exhibition that unfolds a century of posters, now banned in public spaces. A proposal that offers, as a counterpoint to posters made to sell, the reality of the struggle for public health.

Organised by the Bibliothèque de Genève, in partnership with CIPRET-Genève / Carrefour addictionS

All the documents on display are from the collections of the Bibliothèque de Genève

Curators: Mirjana Farkas and Nicolas Schaetti

Free admission

Couloir des coups d'œil, first floor of the Bibliothèque de Genève, promenade des Bastions 8, 1205 Geneva

Mon-Fri: 9 am to 6 pm,
Sat: 9am to 12pm
closed on 1 August and 8 September


About the venue

Promenade des Bastions 8, 1205 Genève