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The Golden Age of the Jukebox – Music from Automatons

The Golden Age of the Jukebox – Music from Automatons

by Museum für Musikautomaten Seewen With their sound reproduction inventions, pioneers such as Thomas A. Edison in the USA and Emile Berliner in Germany made the whole jukebox phenomenon possible. Its actual inventor is generally accepted to be Louis T. Glass. On 23 November 1889 he and his business partner, William S. Arnold, launched their Nickel-in-the-Slot Player in a San Francisco restaurant, the Palais Royal Saloon. The golden age of the coin-operated phonograph began in the USA in the 1930s. The term “jukebox” first appeared during the 1940s and quickly spread. Famous American makes including Wurlitzer, Seeburg, Rock-Ola, Mills and

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The father of modern anatomy

The father of modern anatomy

Andreas Vesalius alias Vesal was born 500 years ago in Brussels on the last day of 1514 – his connection to Basel and the University’s Anatomical Museum, located at Pestalozzistrasse 20, are reason enough to celebrate this anniversary. By Shirley L. Kearney    Andreas Vesalius was a humanist, physician and the “father” of modern anatomy. At the age of 28 in 1543, he conducted a public dissection on the cadaver of Jakob Karrer von Gebweiler, a notorious felon in Basel. The bones were assembled, and the skeletal preparation is exhibited at the Anatomical Museum. It is the oldest anatomical preparation of

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Art on a farm

Art on a farm

Farm Mapprach in upper Baselland integrates René Küng’s sculptures with nature. By Shirley L. Kearney A short distance from Basel City, travelling in the direction of Gelterkinden, in Wisenberg above the small village of Zeglingen, one can easily get lost in the landscape and the history of the 97 hectare farm, or in the 46 sculptures by René Kung randomly and not so randomly placed in harmony with Nature. Both are worth the detour. The farm has existed since 1747. First privately, then managed through a foundation, and in 2001 “adopted” by Baselland and placed into its inventory of noteworthy

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Going West! Comics Looking to the West

Going West! Comics Looking to the West

by Cartoonmuseum Basel The Cartoonmuseum Basel looks towards the West: “Going West” features the bulletproof history of western comics in the U.S. and Europe. Looking back on over a hundred years of comics and cartoons, you will learn how drawing techniques and styles evolved in time, and discover the changing perception of the American frontier and the “Wild West”. A section of the exhibition focuses on the renowned Swiss artist Derib whose art demonstrates a sensitive and varied approach to such subjects as Native Americans, the first settlers, the wildlife and the domesticated animals of that time. The exhibition includes

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Tonight: August’s Music Buffet

Tonight: August’s Music Buffet

The jazz festival “Em Bebbi sy Jazz” has been held since 1984 on the first Friday after the end of the Basel school summer holidays. Visit 31 venues (including open airs) and enjoy over 500 musicians. By Mary Al-Akhdar It is usual in Basel that one Friday night in August, the city is filled with the sounds of jazz.  The particular event is called “Em Bebbi sy Jazz.”  This may be the largest one-evening Jazz festival in the world, with over 70 groups performing New Orleans Jazz, Dixie, Free Jazz, and even Big Band music.   Musicians travel from afar, their

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Praying machine

Praying machine

Another first for Basel and Switzerland: a Pray-O-Mat in the entrance hall of the Spiegelhof Customer Centre of the Justice and Security Department Basel near Schifflände. By Shirley L. Kearney, German by Martin Pütter We are familiar with automats which dispense food, drinks, cigarettes, personal items, and more, but prayers? And not just a few prayers in one or two languages – programmed in this automat are 320 prayers in 65 languages, a number which coincidentally mirrors Basel’s ethnicity. Acknowledgment and thanks for having this unique “art” object in Basel go to German artist Oliver Sturm (*1959), who created three

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Human installations

Human installations

«14 Rooms» is a live-art performance, unique and parallel to Art Basel, in the bespoke architectural space created by Herzog & de Meuron in Messe Hall 3. By Shirley L. Kearney    You feel an Alice in Wonderland aura as you enter the large empty space off which are 14 enclosed rooms, 13 of which are behind a mirrored door (one is behind a glass door) lining both sides of the hall. Additionally, there is an epilogue by Jordan Wolfson (reservations necessary) and an archival documentation by John Baldessari. The 14 contributing artists have created human installations. You are plunged into

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Tell me how you live

Tell me how you live

By Museum of Domestic Culturre, Photo: Haus zum Kirschgarten by Heinz Unger, Schlieren/Zürich Guided tour (in English) by Salome Hohl at the HMB – Museum of Domestic Culture, Sunday, June, 22, 11.15 am. How do I live and what does my home say about me as a person? The exhibition “Tell me how you live…” is devoted to something that concerns us all: the home. Domestic interiors tell us about the personalities, preferences, idiosyncrasies and lifestyle of their inhabitants. The home is where our most personal world unfolds, which is why it is sometimes described as a “mirror of the

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Konstantin Grcic meets Hans Ulrich Obrist

Konstantin Grcic meets Hans Ulrich Obrist

By Vitra Design Museum, Photo: Rendering, room 2 «Work Space», © KGID In connection with Art Basel / Design Miami, Konstantin Grcic discusses the relationship of design and art with Hans Ulrich Obrist, one of the most influential curators of our time. A highlight of the art and design fairs! Subject of the discussion is the relationship between art and design; what do they have in common, where are the differences? What is a design exhibition and what constitutes an art show? What is reality, what is fiction? Backdrop to this discussion is the current exhibition “Konstantin Grcic – Panorama”

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Dancing along to the music

Dancing along to the music

The Volkshaus Basel sees the resurrection of a form of musical entertainment from the 1920s: in True Love, an eve-of-the-wedding participatory dance and musical comedy, the audience is encouraged to dance along to the music. By Shirley L. Kearney, German by Martin Pütter Be passively entertained or be actively part of the entertainment: True Love is Basel’s first ‘dance together’ musical comedy. This show takes the audience back to a form of musical theatre entertainment from the 1920s, paying homage to the Big Bands of that era – in other words, to the Great American Songbook. The comedy opens in

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