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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

Ghosthunting in Basel’s backstreets

Ghosthunting in Basel’s backstreets

If you thought that ghosts only haunt Victorian houses or castles in the United Kingdom, you are in for a surprise. For centuries ghosts have also haunted the streets and houses of Basel. By Nicole J. Bettlé Whether at Heuberg, at Heuwaage or in the cloisters of the Minster: ghosts and undead are lurking everywhere in Basel. Visit Basel (website in German only) with its team of guides offers a “Ghost Walk” through Basel’s old town – for expats also in English. Horror fans will be delighted. Totengässlein (The Deads’ Alley) – quirky but inconspicuous by day, haunted at night

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Comments Off   |  28/01/2017 Society, Uncategorized

Basel and Basilisks – a quite particular relationship

Basel and Basilisks – a quite particular relationship

Basel’s residents are proud of their heraldic animal, the basilisk. Wherever you are, wherever you look, you are bound to meet this creature. Residing on fountains or bridge piers, it keeps watch over the city. Von Nicole J. Bettlé At Totentanz you find Basel’s oldest basilisk fountain According to legend, the basilisk once lived in a cave where today the Gerberbrunnen (the tanner’s fountain) is situated at Gerberberglein. An inscription tells about this legend. By the way, a basilisk is not to be mistaken with a dragon or a lindworm, the latter of which are almost harmless compared to it.

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1 Comment   |  16/01/2017 Society, 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

They came, they rowed, they won

They came, they rowed, they won

With their first ever start at Basel Head the Germany eight sent a challenge to all those top nations in rowing that so far have stayed away from this unique against-the-clock race. By Martin Pütter Shortly after the start the Germany eight (white shirts) is closing in on last year’s winners, the Swiss leightweight eight (under the bridge). Picture courtesy of Basel Head The figures are impressive: 37 seconds ahead of the second-placed boat, and pulverising the previous course record by more than eleven seconds – the German eight confirmed their role as favourites at the at Basel Head, held for

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Comments Off   |  21/11/2016 Sports, Uncategorized

Basel Head honoured

Basel Head honoured

A new record number of participants, an additional competition, and an almost legendary boat at the start for the first time – the international rowing regatta “Basel Head” continues to go from strength to strength. By Martin Pütter The former England international Gary Lineker has once said about football (soccer for US readers): “a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win.” With slightly different wording he could have said the same about rowing; at each international race for eights the German boat has been one of the favourites since the

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Comments Off   |  17/11/2016 Sports, Uncategorized

The POTUS elections reach out to Basel

The POTUS elections reach out to Basel

The USA are gearing up to vote for their next president, the 44th person to hold office since 1789. There have been three heated and divisive TV debates, weeks of mudslinging and endless media coverage. There is no certain outcome to one of the most controversial election runoffs in American history. By Lya Pfäffli With 26,672 US-Americans registered as living in Switzerland in 2013, the US expats in Basel are no less involved in the presidential election despite being thousands of kilometres from their homeland. After all, no matter how long they have been away, they are still entitled to

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Comments Off   |  26/10/2016 Society, 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

A market to quench a specific phobia

A market to quench a specific phobia

The Basel Beer Market has experienced a growing popularity – and comes up with a premiere in 2016. By Martin Pütter Anybody suffering from “Cenosillicaphobia” absolutely must – repeat: must – visit Vogesenplatz this last weekend of August. The 4th beer market taking place there contributes significantly to massively reduce the symptoms of the “fear of empty (beer) glasses”. Science may have discovered this phobia only very recently; however, beer aficionados are familiar with this phenomenon since their favourite tipple was first brewed – and the oldest surviving remains of beer date back to around 3’500 BC. Archaeologists strongly believe

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Comments Off   |  22/08/2016 Events, Uncategorized
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