60 years ago the Grand-Cachot was saved

60 years ago the Grand-Cachot was saved
60 years ago the Grand-Cachot was saved

An eventful life for the oldest Neuchâtel farm in Haut-Jura. Grand-Cachot-de-Vent in the Brévine valley is celebrating this year the 60th anniversary of its first rescue. A witness to the past, listed in the federal inventory of built heritage, the farm has since seen the works of prestigious painters: Klee, Picasso and Le Corbusier. And its walls resonated with the notes of talented musicians.

Built in the 16the century, this farm came close to destruction in the mid-1960s. Uninhabited for several years, its roof ended up collapsing. The region’s authorities then decided to use this ruin as a demolition training ground.

Led by Pierre von Allmen, then curator of the Neuchâtel Museum of Fine Arts, a team decided in 1964 to buy the farm, renovate it and make it a place dedicated to art and culture, open to the public. . They created the La Ferme du Grand-Cachot-de-Vent foundation in 1964.

The building is saved. Over the years, the members of the foundation committee passed away one after the other. They are not replaced.

Without relief, Grand-Cachot-de-Vent finds itself in a difficult situation. A bank, which had agreed to lend funds to renovate the building, wishes to recover its marbles and organizes an auction. Once again it will take the determination of a group of residents of the region to prevent the farm from ending up in the hands of a private individual at the last minute.

For the sixtieth anniversary of the first revival of the Grand-Cachot, the foundation board has planned a 2024 season which will start with an international exhibition. “The soul of a city”, from May 25 to June 30, welcomes the work of 6 artists from Neuchâtel and six artists from Los Angeles. A retrospective of Neuchâtel native Claire Wermeille will follow between June 30 and August 11.

The season will end with an exhibition of monumental theater sets created by Lermite and recently restored. A presentation enriched by the works of students from the Académie de Meuron. It will also be an opportunity to discover or rediscover the “Bévinian Calvary”, a painting created by the artist upon his arrival in the region. A painting which tells the true and tragic story of two young people, a Catholic from Ticino who came to work in La Brévine and a young girl from the village.

For his 60e anniversary, the Grand-Cachot-de-Vent also offers concerts. Note the presence of Samuel Blaser and Pierre Favre on June 9. /cwi


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