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Monthly Archives: June 2014

From the Strasbourg Monument to the Statue of Liberty

From the Strasbourg Monument to the Statue of Liberty

The connecting thread binding the Statue of Liberty in New York and the Strasbourg Monument near the Basel SBB train station begins in Colmar, France, and entwines one prolific French sculptor: Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (1834–1904). By Shirley L. Kearney    Everyone who goes to or from the central train station in Basel (SBB) might at some point look around to get orientated. At the edge of the Elisabethenanlage Park, facing the station, looms a sculpture of an angel and three figures. Colourful seasonal flowers, one of the city’s many floral installations, surround its base. Its steps provide an unusual spot for

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Comments Off   |  27/06/2014 Culture, Uncategorized

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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Artist Talks at the Fondation Beyeler

Artist Talks at the Fondation Beyeler

Fondation Beyeler, built by Renzo Piano Photo: Todd Eberle John Armleder in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist on Thursday, June, 19 at 5.30pm Celebrated artist John Armleder will speak with Hans Ulrich Obrist about his work. John Armleder (*1948 in Geneva) is one of the most important and influential artists on the international art scene. For more than four decades the artist has created a unique and diverse universe of works including installations, appropriated ready-made sculptures, geometrical pattern and abstract “pour”-paintings. Armleder’s art refers to and redefines how we look at different movements of modern and contemporary art as well

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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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The little differences: 5. Swiss public transport – a disappearing advantage

The little differences: 5. Swiss public transport – a  disappearing advantage

Swiss trains (and buses and trams) run like clockwork, while public transport in the UK at least is a disaster – that seems to be the general perception. Judging by recent experiences, the gap might be closing. By Martin Pütter It’s an old, old joke among London’s transport users: you wait for absolutely ages for a bus, and then three come all at once. Like they do with the nation’s weather, Brits grumble about their public transport system but ultimately endure it. And Switzerland? The country always used to be renowned for the reliability and punctuality of its public transport.

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2 Comments   |  11/06/2014 Columns, Uncategorized

Semi-Circle proudly presents “Calendar Girls” by Tim Firth

Semi-Circle proudly presents “Calendar Girls” by Tim Firth

Courtesy of Semi-Circle, German by Martin Pütter Calendar Girls is about a group of extraordinary women, members of a very ordinary Yorkshire WI (Women’s Institute), who spark a global phenomenon by persuading one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference! As interest snowballs, the Calendar Girls find themselves revealing more than they’d ever planned. Based on an inspiring true story, Calendar Girls is quirky, poignant and hilarious. The film was released in 2003 and was an instant hit at the box office, becoming the number one film in the UK on its release. Tim Firth has adapted the screenplay of his film for the stage. Calendar Girls opened at the Chichester

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