Les Jaquet-Droz et Leschot
Musée d'art et d'histoire,
Esplanade Léopold-Robert 1, 2000 Neuchâtel
Du mardi au dimanche, de 11h00 à 18h00

Automates & merveilles à Neuchâtel :
Les Jaquet-Droz et Leschot

Horloge La Musicienne, signée Jaquet-Droz, coll. Montres Jaquet Droz SA
Montre signée Jaquet-Droz & Leschot, London, Coll. Montres Jaquet Droz SA

Automata and marvels:The Jaquet-Droz and Leschot

Who were the father and son Jaquet-Droz ? How did they build up their company? How did they conquer the world, from La Chaux-de-Fonds and later from Geneva, London, Paris ? What role did the automata play in the whole range of their luxury based production ? More generally, how do the 18th century automata serve as tools in scientific and philosophical research? What is the link between these automata and the robots of today and the future ? The exhibition takes the visitor from the Enlightenment till today.

These are just some of the questions that the Musée d'art et d'histoire de Neuchâtel (MAHN) will be answering in their section of the exhibition.

The seven temporary exhibition rooms will showcase the activities of Jaquet-Droz, father and son, and their co-workers, looking at both their status as a family company and at the variety of the pieces they produced: luxury watches, automata, prostheses, etc. Centred around the automaton L'Écrivain (The Writer) by Pierre Jaquet-Droz, the exhibition will cover how they conquered the European and global markets, the richness of the work they created and their strategy as a truly international company. Through interactive devices, exciting multimedia tools and the exceptional pieces, the public will discover the mechanical marvels created by Pierre and Henri-Louis Jaquet-Droz and their contemporaries. Special emphasis will be placed on automata and their descendants, robots (with a large section on the human body and movement), taking the visitor from the Enlightenment to the most current debates on robotics.