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Monthly Archives: October 2015

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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Comments Off   |  24/10/2015 Events, 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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