International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum
25 years after its opening, the Museum reopened its doors on 18 May 2013, after closing for 22 months for transformation.
The exhibition named “The Humanitarian Adventure” presents three contemporary problems through three distinct spaces; each created by a different architect: Defending human dignity (Gringo Cardia, Brazil), Reconstructing family links (Diébédo Francis Kéré, Burkina Faso ), Reducing natural risks (Shigeru Ban, Japan).
Although it gives pride of place to knowledge and reflection, the museography introduces a new dimension into its device: emotion. As they enter each of the three thematic areas, visitors are invited to engage in an awareness-building experience even before they discover the area’s informational content.
Twelve witnesses trace the main thread of “The Humanitarian Adventure”. They first welcome visitors in a scenographic device and then accompany them on their tour of the exhibition. The witnesses are there to remind us that human relations are at the heart of all humanitarian action.
Controversy over funding by the tobacco industry
In 2012, the museum was under heavy criticism by health groups for partnering with multinational tobacco corporation Japan Tobacco International, which was funding the renovation of the museum. Health groups considered such partnership a violation of the fundamental principles and rules of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. After reviewing the situation, the director of the museum admitted they had made a mistake in accepting JTI's money, mistake which was the result of a "lack of vigilance". The museum has decided to return the money to JTI.
- Sophie Davaris (9 November 2012). "L’industrie du tabac finance la Croix-Rouge genevoise". Tribune de Genève.
- "Outrage over tobacco funds for Red Cross". swissinfo.ch. 10 November 2012.
- Sophie Davaris (23 February 2013). "Croix-Rouge: le Musée renonce à l’argent du tabac". Tribune de Genève.
- "Red Cross museum tries to return tobacco money". swissinfo.ch. 25 February 2013.