Remo Besio belonged to a small and elite group of eminent experts in the field of creating exhibits and experimental stations. He was the head of the Swiss Technorama for 18 years. During that time, inspired by the San Francisco Exploratorium, he started a radical transformation of his venue, transforming the traditional museum of technology into a vibrant centre where visitors could explore the world through experiments, interaction and art. In doing so, he achieved a mastery that could rival – and sometimes even exceed – the original. After his retirement, he continued to pursue his passion as an independent consultant, working with selected venues, including the Copernicus Science Centre.
Remo was also an outstanding pianist. He had a soft spot for fast driving and Prosecco – in fact, you could call him a connoisseur of life. He was full of vitality and optimism. He had a critical and analytical mind, he loved intellectual battles. He was known for his non-compromising attitude and convictions. He relentlessly strived for perfection and felt personally insulted when someone was satisfied with an almost perfect outcome, but when he managed to achieve it or see it, he could not hide his admiration.
We have had the privilege of working with Remo in recent years. He was glad to share his knowledge and extensive contacts with us. He helped us understand what is really important, focus on the quality of the presentation of the phenomenon and visitor’s experience, clean up the design of the exhibits to eliminate all unnecessary fluff that hinders their clarity, improve the technology to the point when it silently and imperceptibly enables achieving the cognitive objectives. The new On the Move exhibition* is a testimony to this metamorphosis. Almost every exhibit of this exhibition bears Remo’s personal touch.
For us, Remo was much more than just a consultant. He was an advisor, mentor and teacher. Over time, he became a friend to many of us. We will miss him very much.
Director of the Copernicus Science Centre
* The modernised On the Move exhibition is now part of the Experimental Zone.