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Basel‘s Weihnachtsmarkt: enchanting December festivities

Basel‘s Weihnachtsmarkt: enchanting December festivities

When winter begins to settle on charming rustic chalets of craftsmen and artisans, when aromas of Raclette and Glühwein drift tantalisingly around Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz, then you can travel back in time at Basel’s Weihnachtsmarkt. By Ella Revitt On Münsterplatz – overlooking the Rhine and near Basel’s renowned minster – the chestnut trees are decorated with snowflake-esque lights and the 80-foot Christmas tree is illuminated with ornaments designed by Johann Wanner (whose famous Christmas Shop in Basel has attracted the likes of Queen Elizabeth II for ornaments).  Down the hill at Barfüsserplatz, just in front of the Barfüsserkirche housing the

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The Rhine has a riddle for the rowers

The Rhine has a riddle for the rowers

International top rowers and their boats will be within almost touching distance for the spectators during the 6th Basel Head on the Rhine this Saturday, 14 November. And it looks like the “brook” will show a new aspect to both participants and organisers. By Martin Pütter As Halloween was only a few days ago, Martin Steiger is using a term difficult to translate to English: “The spook [meaning spectacle] will last an hour and a half”, says the joint president of the Basel Head organising committee. This Saturday (14 November), this against-the-clock race for eights will be held on a

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Fun Fair with imperial blessing

Fun Fair with imperial blessing

Ferris wheel, ghost trains, candy floss, roller coasters and a lot more than that – for two weeks every year, life in Basel’s city centre is dominated by the annual autumn fair. By Christian Rieder A number of children and adults had specifically marked 24 October in their calendars some time ago – and exactly at 12 noon that day the bells were ringing to announce the beginning of Basel’s autumn fair. Until 8. November – on Petersplatz even until 10 November – you can smell garrapinyades (sugar-coated almonds), candy floss and fried sausages, the brave are catapulted into the

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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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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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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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Ten years after Katrina

Ten years after Katrina

Many, and expats of US-origin in particular, will remember how hurricane Katrina dominated the headlines ten years ago. At the end of August ten years ago Hurricane Katrina, the most momentous storm ever to hit the USA, devastated the southern states of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. After the dams had broken in New Orleans three quarters of the city fell victim to the floods. An estimated 1’500 people lost their lives, over one million people became homeless, and after their evacuation many of them still have not been able to return, have become uprooted and lost their social environment. In

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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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Premiere at Basel’s beer market

Premiere at Basel’s beer market

Basel’s third Beer Market comes up with a first:  you can sample beers by a small brewery from the other side of Switzerland’s national borders. By Martin Pütter Baslers love beer, and craft beers in particular – that is also a reason why the number of small and micro breweries participating at the Basler Beer Market is rising continuously. When it takes place for the third time at Vogesenplatz next to St. Johann station on 29 August, 20 breweries will be present – up from 12 last year. And, for the first time, a brewery from abroad will participate: the

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Islands with their own primal spirit

Islands with their own primal spirit

Basel writer Esther Murbach first visited the Aran Islands in 2011 when researching her novel “The Turtle Woman”. Exclusively for The Basel Journal she describes how the Irish West Coast has become her second home, and how she found a quasi-relative there. My Aran Granny By Esther Murbach She is not really my granny. But she does live in Aran, that is, on one of the Aran Islands in front of Galway Bay. There are three of them. My “granny” lives on Inis Mór, the “Big Island”. The “granny”: her name in the book is Fiona, in real life Deirdre

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