Valerie collects “pictures because they remind me how many happy moments I have lived”; Rachel collects “ticket stubs because they remind me where I have been”
Many of the paintings in Gauguin to Picasso: Masterworks from Switzerland represent artists’ memories of impactful travels or of people they loved. As many submissions to our interpretive station reflect, another important way people remember travels, loved ones, or events in their lives is by collecting. They collect objects—snow globes, ticket stubs, photos, postcards, and more—or simply the memories themselves. What do you collect to remember? Contribute to the community collection by visiting the exhibition or creating your own at home and share it with #PhillipsGoesSwiss.
One visitor collects “memories of fragrances because they comfort me”
Peggy collects “memories because I have dementia and I want to remember”
Robert collects “baseball hats because they remind me of the game”; Bart collects “notes and cards from loved ones to remember the past”
Tracey collects “snow globes because they record travel, places, etc.”
Eleanor collects “happy memories because everyone needs joy in her life”
Valerie N. collects “magnets from everywhere I go because I will always remember where I’ve been”