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Wet archive of fortune

Wet archive of fortune

The Museum for History at Barfüsserplatz has come up with a new exhibition that is most certainly worth a visit. On display since the end of September are objects – ancient and modern – that had been hidden in the depths of Basel’s rivers. By Nicole J. Bettlé Among the exhibits of “Resurfaced”: Jewellery that had found its way into the Rhine, often for different reasons For the first time, the Historical Museum is showing a collection of objects found in the waters in and around Basel. Scouring the Rhine, the Birs, the Birsig or the Wiese brought several tons

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Comments Off   |  08/10/2017 Culture, Uncategorized

Paintings for the Soul

Paintings for the Soul

Light, shadow and reflection: be enchanted by Claude Monet’s magic at the Fondation Beyeler. By Shirley L. Kearney CLAUDE MONET, LE PARLEMENT, CIEL ORAGEUX, 1904 / HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT, STORMY SKY - Oil on canvas, 81 x 92 cm Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, legs de Maurice Masson, 1949 Photo: © RMN-Grand Palais / René-Gabriel Ojéda As a 20th anniversary gift to itself and the public, the Fondation Beyeler has 62 works by Claude Monet hanging on its walls. Thanks to its honoured and trusted reputation in the art world, some paintings at the Fondation are on loan from 15 private collections,

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Comments Off   |  06/02/2017 Culture, Uncategorized

Fondation Beyeler – Hello, 2017

Fondation Beyeler – Hello, 2017

The Fondation Beyeler in Riehen is about to celebrate its 20th birthday. It has increased the cultural activity in the three–country region around Basel with its strong and directed attention of fostering the entrance into art appreciation. By Shirley L. Kearney When the Fondation Beyeler was conceived, the hope was that 70,000 visitors a year would walk through the doors; now the average attendance to the 91 exhibitions is 300,000. With support from a private foundation, it is the most visited museum in Switzerland. And as a bit of icing on the cake: Sam Keller, Director of the Fondation received

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Comments Off   |  27/11/2016 Culture, Uncategorized

Kandinsky & Marc: leaders of an art movement at Beyeler

Kandinsky & Marc: leaders of an art movement at Beyeler

A special exhibition at the Fondation Beyler in Riehen shows works of pioneers of modern 20th century art. By Shirley L. Kearney In Munich during 1911 an exhibition organized by avant-garde artists ushered in a new way of depicting colour and form by freeing both from concrete visual representation, thereby giving colour its own free-standing value – colour as colour and contours free of lines. Colour is valued for what it is, and not simply to fill a form or be directed by lines. It is set free from its goal of depicting things to simply being colour. Form is

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Comments Off   |  16/09/2016 Culture, Uncategorized

The Bard with minimal fuss

The Bard with minimal fuss

Whether you are on old hand with Shakespeare’s plays or after an alternative interpretation of his greatest works  – “Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare” is something for you. By Lya Pfäffli Watching a Shakespeare play can be a bit overwhelming. Some struggle with the complexity of the Bard’s plays – whether it is the tragically doomed love story of Romeo and Juliet or the haunting vision of King Lear’s mental collapse. Others find the language difficult to follow or the scene changes confusing, even though they love the idea of fairies saving mortals in Midsummer Night’s Dream. A solution is

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Comments Off   |  25/08/2016 Culture, Uncategorized

Taking The Bard Into The Woods

Taking The Bard Into The Woods

Shakespeare in the Courtyard is an open air event with a twist, set in the medieval backdrop of Basel’s Old Town. By Lya Pfäffli This year marks Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary and to celebrate, Shakespeare in the Courtyard is presenting a ‘teaser taster trio’ of arguably the Bard’s most famous tragedies: Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth by Tom Stoppard and Benvollo & Tybalt are Dead (Romeo and Juliet), abridged by Patrick Deslarzes.  This performance (in English) takes place from 18 August to 3 September and returns once again to the intimate courtyard setting of «Schönes Haus», a beautifully preserved building dating from

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Comments Off   |  15/08/2016 Culture, Uncategorized

Fountains, fountains everywhere in Basel

Fountains, fountains everywhere in Basel

They are part of its urban landscape, the many fountains in Basel. If thirsty you can drink their water, you can use some of them to take a dip, and a few are even known world-wide. A new book presents (almost) all of them. By Martin Pütter The Basel Journal wholeheartedly agrees with the following claim: “(…) Basel is a city of fountains”, made by Christiane Widmer and Christian Lienhard in the foreword to their book “Basel und seine Brunnen” (Basel and its fountains). During their research for this book they found over 300 fountains – 314, to be precise,

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Comments Off   |  30/06/2016 Culture, Uncategorized

Dracula: thirsty for blood and fear

Dracula: thirsty for blood and fear

This June the English Language Theatre Group Semi-Circle Basel presents „Dracula“, promising blood-curdling entertainment with special effects and strong emotions. This adaption is an action-packed, blood-soaked retelling of Bram Stoker’s classic tale of horror. By Janine Jakob The Basel English language theatre Group, Semi-Circle Basel, starts their new season in June with a production of “Dracula” at the small Rampe theatre, Basel. The world famous novel Dracula was written by the Irish author Bram Stoker and first published in 1897. It was dramatised by John Balderston and Hamilton Deane and premiered on stage in Derby in 1924 before moving to

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Comments Off   |  17/05/2016 Culture, Uncategorized

Two Traditional Dances Take Basel by Storm

Two Traditional Dances Take Basel by Storm

Today it is increasingly easy to lose sight of heritage. Scottish and Irish country dancing, however, prove to be exceptions, and they continue to be popular in their respective cultures – and in Basel as well. By Ella Revitt Adjacent to the Musikhochschule on Leonhardsgraben, Le Centre studio can be found at Holbeinplatz 7, not far from the number 3 tram. Inside, Carol Jones teaches Scottish Highland Dancing three days a week – in German and in English. This competitive sport is more than ”a spirited boogie” – in a six-step Highland Fling, dancers complete 192 vertical jumps, requiring the

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Comments Off   |  07/03/2016 Culture, Uncategorized

Universal values, shown by Shakespeare’s women

Universal values, shown by Shakespeare’s women

Catherine of Aragon, Lady Macbeth, Ophelia, Titania and other women in Shakespeare’s plays transcend political, social and geographical barriers, as the “Theatre of Eternal Values” shows on 25 February. By Shirley L. Kearney Basel is a capital of culture and music with something on offer to suit every taste. This is obvious by the announcements posted at every turn throughout the city. Other media, including online links and news broadcasts on some trams and buses, crowd our eyes. But one group transcends barriers: “The Theatre of Eternal Values” (TEV) is an international theatre company founded in 1996 by a group of

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Comments Off   |  12/02/2016 Culture, Uncategorized
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