The Rilke Foundation, founded on October 30, 1986, is dedicated to the documentation and exhibition of articles related to Rilke’s years in Valais. For almost 30 years, it has maintained a museum, a library, and an archive that are open to the public. In addition, the Foundation sponsors year-round conferences, lectures, readings, and concerts.


Since 2004, the Foundation has organized an annual series of lectures, readings, and musical concerts (in French and German) located in the de Courten mansion, Rue du Bourg 30, in Sierre. Many of the German-language lectures are held in Upper Valais. Lectures are typically held on Sundays beginning at 11am and lasting approximately one hour. Beginning in 2015, the Foundation’s lectures can be found online.
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Permanent exhibit

The permanent exhibit, Valais in Rilke’s Eyes (Das Wallis gesehen von Rilke / Le Valais vu par), is open from March 31 to October 25, 2015, from 2-6pm. Closed Mondays. During the winter season, individually scheduled appointments are available.
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Temporary exhibit

In addition to the permanent exhibit, the Rilke Foundation features temporary exhibits at regular inervals on a wide variety of themes. A newly-acquired volume of poetry, “La Terre Valaisanne,” by Louis de Courten, with a personal inscription from Rilke, was on display during the 2015 season (March 31-July 29). The inscribed volume formed the centerpiece of a wider exhibit and was contextualized through Rilke’s correspondence and poetry.
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Walking tours

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Since it was founded in 1986, the Rilke Foundation has regularly published work related to Rilke. Most of the publications are dual-language French/German documents. A significant portion of the Foundation’s publications are exhibition catalogues that accompany exhibits in the de Courten mansion in Sierre, which serves as the Foundation’s headquarters.