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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

“Morgestraich, and on we march!”

“Morgestraich, and on we march!”

Basel Fasnacht, 2016 edition, is soon upon us. What is allowed, what is to be avoided – www.basel.com has a concise summary. It’s so good, The Basel Journal is not even trying to top it. https://www.basel.com/en/portrait/dos-don%E2%80%99ts (Picture courtesy of Wikipedia)

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Comments Off   |  11/02/2016 Culture, Uncategorized

Antique luxury and an unsolved riddle

In a special exhibition the “Antikenmuseum Basel” is showing the remains of a ship that had sunk at Antikythera near Crete. Along with statues, jewellery and artfully ornamented vases so popular in ancient Rome, it also carried a bronze cube that is continues to puzzle scientists. By Isabelle Wanner The so-called Mechanism of Antikythera is the main attraction of the special exhibition at the “Antikenmuseum Basel.” The object in question is a bronze cube, consisting of several layers of gear wheels on top of each other, which was able to calculate the movements of the sun and the moon and

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Comments Off   |  20/10/2015 Culture, Uncategorized

Structures with a twist

Structures with a twist

Like the new Roche tower or the vote about the Wettstein bridge in 1990, structures have always caused discussions in Basel. Now the Katapult Gallery holds an exhibition about structures – that seem anything but permanent. By Avner Pinchover The name of the exhibition, “Estructuras” (structures) might be puzzling. The works by five Colombian artists do not seem, at first sight, to adhere to the defined subject.  Alejandro Tobón, Camilo Álvarez, Hernán Marín, José F. Muñoz and Meloquez, who earlier this year raised money for the journey to Switzerland by auctioning their works, seem to deal more with motifs such as

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Comments Off   |  16/10/2015 Culture, Uncategorized

Art from Art and Media

Previous pictures in a new context – this is shown at the exhibition “About Pictures – Strategies of Acquirement” at Basel’s museum of contemporary art (MGK). By Isabelle Wanner (translated to English by Martin Pütter) The artists John Baldessari, Harun Farocki, Hilary Lloyd and Cindy Sherman all follow the same concept with their works of art: They take something from other paintings or pictures and set it into a new context. This is what Basel’s museum for contemporary art (MGK) is currently showing with the exhibition “About Pictures. Strategies of Acquirement”, curated by Søren Gammel. Museums, popular culture or the

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Comments Off   |  08/10/2015 Culture, Uncategorized

From Garage to Gallery, from Scrap to Art and Destruction

From Garage to Gallery, from Scrap to Art and Destruction

The late Bernhard Luginbühl was larger-than-life, and his works of art often massive – some of them can soon be seen in a former garage. By Shirley L. Kearney The mischievously whimsical yet serious Bernhard Luginbühl (1929 – 2011) would be smiling at the thought of his forthcoming exhibition (4 September – 24 October) to be displayed in the 850 m2 von Bartha building, a former garage, at Kannenfeldplatz 6. Outside, the petrol pumps still function. Inside, major art breathes in the space it merits. Von Bartha was established in 1970 by Margareta and Miklos von Bartha, with their main focus

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Comments Off   |  26/08/2015 Culture, Uncategorized

Crème de la crème and queer folk

Crème de la crème and queer folk

Art Basel, one of the most important art fairs in the world, as much a part of the city as FC Basel and the Münster, brings the very best of contemporary art to town and is, both among locals and expats living here, probably as popular as Fasnacht. Comment by Martin Pütter Some scientists, even those who are completely uninterested in art, always know when Art Basel takes place. When they take water samples at the city’s treatment plants, these always show increased residues of cocaine and other recreational drugs. The “Olympiad of the art world”, as the British daily

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Comments Off   |  18/06/2015 Culture, Uncategorized

Gauguin – art’s Mr. Kurtz

By Dan Jones Anybody who wants to see the hugely popular Gauguin exhibition at Fondation Beyeler in Riehen needs to hurry: it will end on 28 June. Many weeks into its tenure, the Gauguin exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen is still astonishingly popular. A huge group of visitors are fitting their headpieces and the headpieces of others (husbands, wives, sons, et. al.), and are waiting to be led into the first room. On a lazy Sunday afternoon I am here at Fondation Beyeler, to where I have – figuratively – taken the boat up the river into the

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Comments Off   |  27/05/2015 Culture, Uncategorized

Art on a free brink

Art on a free brink

By Dan Jones The art agency frontofbicycle, together with Gallery Katapult, is promoting artists that want to break onto the scene with an exhibition. Ernest Hemingway used to fast briefly before attending exhibitions of art – his reason being that an empty stomach equated to clarity of mind and thus a deeper appreciation of the paintings. He was especially fond of the work of emergent artists within the bohemian community of 1920s Paris, and the charitable exhibitions which promoted their work. Perhaps he identified with some of these artists: trying to create their own style against the imposing backcloth of

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Comments Off   |  14/04/2015 Culture, Uncategorized

Digging up a park’s past

Digging up a park’s past

By Jan Hawley, photo: Benedikt Wyss/Archäologische Bodenforschung Basel-Stadt St. Johanns-Park has not always been the pleasant green space it is today. If you have been near the St. Johanns-Park recently, you probably noticed that a section of it has been fenced off. People wearing hardhats and carrying trowels and clipboards have set to work in a restricted area where locals used to go to relax and enjoy a lovely view of the Rhine. The reason behind these works: the park’s past has been brought to light. Originally, from the 14th to mid-19th century the park area, which then lay outside

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