With Spring, IBM is coming ever closer to its official date of existence – 16 June. As part of this year long celebration the IBM Research Lab in Zurich unveiled its centennial art exhibit to more than 50 employees yesterday evening.
The exhibit paid homage to the IBM of yesteryear and today.
In particular, the lab opened up the doors on its rich archives and put on display historic artifacts including:
- the original speeches and photos used on 23 October 1956 when the lab was officially opened
- hundreds of press clips from 1986 and 1987 the year of the Nobel Prizes
- a copy of the NZZ newspaper from 21 May 1963 when the lab hosted a press event
Nicole Herfurth the exhibit curator commented, “We didn’t know what to expect when we began to promote the art exhibit. We had some families contribute two and even three pieces, which was a pleasant surprise. And one employee actually went on eBay and purchased some historic IBM advertisements from the 1950s, which we included.”
In a tribute to the new, the families of IBM scientists at the lab were asked to contribute their own Icons of Progress. Similar to IBM’s Icons, which signify iconic moments in IBM’s history, these icons represent a more personal touch. Families that participated were given mugs and t-shirts from IBM’s Centennial Memorabilia collection.
The exhibit will be on display until June giving employees several weeks to vote on the best icons.