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New exhibitions at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne

February 03, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Gilles Caron, The Conflict Within – 30.01.2013-12.05.2013 Visual memory of an era, Gilles Caron (1939-1970) has chronicled the greatest contemporary conflicts through his images, a commitment that eventually cost him his life while on assignment in Cambodia. His heroic vision of war photography soon turned into a reflection on the purpose of his job: can the role of witness, mere spectator, be satisfying? He is one of the first photographers to suffer symptoms from this inner moral conflict, and one of the first to practice a form of introspective disenchantment that led the reporter to gradually turn his camera on himself, to become the object of the photographic narrative. In the early stages of his career, during the Six-Day War and
 in Vietnam, he chose to focus on inactive figures, soldiers or prisoners absorbed in their thoughts, writing or meditating. During the Biafra War, Caron seemed particularly compassionate for the condition of children and other victims. In May ’68 
and in Northern Ireland, he was mainly interested in emblematic actors – demonstrators throwing stones or Molotov cocktails – as incarnations of urban guerilla. His inventiveness was never more visible than in his reports on street fighting, where, through his lens, […]

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artgenève – art fair, 31.01 – 03.02.2013

January 27, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Artgenève second edition is a modern and contemporary international art fair, whose first edition in April 2012 was a total success. Taking place in a refined atmosphere and on human scale, artgenève is a true reflection of Geneva itself, an international and enchanting city. The presence of major local art galleries and art dealers aims to establish an artistic platform in the Suisse Romande area. artgenève organisers intend to show the public the cream of contemporary, modern art and design collections and in the same time to pay tribute to the requirements of the Geneva Lake region’s many collectors and art-lovers. The artgenève art fair also devotes a large area to foundations, museums and private collections, as well as independent spaces, acknowledging the dynamism created through dialogue between institutions and galleries. Curators will be invited to intervene in a generous and original manner. A magazine area will be displayed in an innovative style, which will host a series of lectures and performances. The convivial nature of artgenève makes it easy to visit, and helps the exchange of ideas between exhibitors and art-lovers. Who’s participating at artgenève? Contemporary art galleries 2m2; Bischoff/Weiss; Blondeau & Cie; Bodson-Emelinckx Gallery; Caroline Smulders/I Love My […]

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Highlights of MUDAC exhibitions, Lausanne

January 20, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

The MUDAC – Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains – is currently showing two temporary exhibitions: Pop-Up; Design between dimensions – through March 3, 2013 The pop-up trend is rooted in the singular context of the early 21st century, generated by the mixing of cultures, economies strained to the limits, hyper inventive media and state-of-the-art technologies. The disappearance of familiar structures has incited a renewed desire for synergy — a desire that feeds on practices that are flexible, immediate and temporary, making the most of the unexpected and the appropriated in the public domain. In the Pop-Up exhibition the featured designers and artists embody this movement that mingles different disciplines and links various realms: 2D and 3D, analogue and digital, culture and capital, science and art, nature and technology, local and global. Pop-up energy and exuberance impacts on this exhibition: ready-to-use furniture springs up instantaneously from simple designs sketched in space. Hippopotamuses majestically emerge from a carpet. The parts of an actual chair, spell out the word “chair.” Then, too, Hide appears to sink into the ground, drowning in tears shed by the designer for his lost love. Or Le Monde des Montagnes (The World of Mountains) invites readers to […]

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Wave – Photographic series

January 13, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

This exhibition presents works by Rodrigo Albert, Valérie Belin, Ossian Claudel, Philippe Gubler, Paola Junqueira & Fernanda Vargas, Iseut Labote, William Lins, Gabriela Maciel, Mila Mayer, Maria-Carmen Perlingeiro, MR, Catherine and Eric Rebois Rousselle. Open at Gallery Espace_L until February 8, 2013. Monday – Friday from 11 to 17h, or by appointment. Address : Route des Jeunes 43, Allée G CH – 1227 Genève / Acacias Since it was invented in the nineteenth century, photography has constantly revealed its multiple features. This exhibition focuses mainly in one of its characteristics: “duplicability”. Like engraving, photography is reproducible, multipliable, and spreads out. In accordance with the democratic aspirations of a society, photography is increasingly used in a wide variety of medium. Currently, we are surrounded by photographic images. Like a wave in continuous motion that reaches its top, falls and restarts its flow, photography builds and rebuilds its own pace, according to its course, especially so called Art. As the French photographer Gisèle Freund points out in her book Photographie et societé: “photography produces its own laws and is not dependent on opinions of art critics; its laws are the only valid criteria of its value in the future”. Aware of this, as well […]

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Geneva, Lausanne, Zurich Art circuit – Recommended exhibitions

December 16, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

If you are an art lover and would like to discover some new exhibitions around Switzerland here are a few recommended picks; In Geneva: Edy Ferguson, retrospective More than one hundred works of the American artist Edy Ferguson have been assembled at Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneva for an installation that might be called The Ideal Work of Art. In her artistic practice, Edy Ferguson uses multiple media techniques: sound and video installations, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and performance. She uses multiple sources of inspiration like film iconography, rock music and the spirit of punk, especially from the years 1960–1970. Each work combines a range of references, which converge and inter-react in the exhibition like a web of values and meanings. The exhibition is conceived as a single and articulated Gesamtkunstwerk, featuring the artist’s vision in its full complexity, with all of its layers. Edy Ferguson was born in the United States. She lives and works in New York, London and Athens. After studying painting and sculpture at Washington University in St. Louis, she moved to New York
where she worked in film and made video clips. Subsequently, she studied for a master’s at Hunter College (Film and video installation, painting). She […]

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FOOD; Reflections on Mother Earth, Agriculture and Nutrition

December 09, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

FOOD is a large international travelling art project realized by ART for The World, in collaboration and with the support of the Department of Culture and Sport of the City of Geneva. FOOD aims to be, through the works of the artists and filmmakers, a platform for culture and creativity for a better comprehension of reality and practice of values concerning alimentation. With exhibitions, performances, films, debates, conferences, round tables and workshops around the topic of nutrition, the audience will be involved in questions connected to the territory, right to food, valorization of the alimentary traditions for a sustainable development and to encourage new attitudes to the new generations, with the contribution of economists, anthropologists, sociologists and alimentary research centers. The subject of food is definitely highly complex, dealing with survival, health, economy and culture; Every five seconds a child dies of starvation. Nearly a billion human beings are severely under-nourished. In our times of dramatic demographic growth and globalization, any distortion can rapidly take an impressively disastrous turn. Famine is no longer caused by natural calamities only, but by the alimentation production chain itself instead. Famine is not a result of a lack of food. It actually is the opposite: […]

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Cindy Sherman; That’s me – That’s not me. Early Works 1975 – 1977

December 02, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

The exhibition presents for the first time publically some 50 works from SAMMLUNG VERBUND, Vienna collection, compiled over a three-year period in close collaboration with the artist by the exhibition commissioner Gabriele Schor. The exhibition at Centre de la Photographie Geneve is completed with works from various private collections in Geneva. Born in 1954 in New Jersey, Cindy Sherman is an American photo artist, who has most notably achieved fame through her work with identity and role models. It was during her study years that she first created numerous photographs under the concept “Game of Transformation”, integrating many elements of theatre and film. For more than 35 years, Cindy Sherman has been using gesture, pose, disguise, facial expression and make-up to visualise a multitude of role models and feminine identities. Sherman’s early work is significantly defined through artistic forms of expression emerging at the end of the 1960’s and the early 1970’s, such as film, video, photography, installations, performances, conceptual art and body art. Sherman first phase begins with the portrait; In 1975, different ways of using make-up and facial expression result in several image sequences that show her face undergoing transformation. This is followed by Sherman’s second phase where she photographs […]

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Magic books but not only: Pop-ups, pop-outs, pull down, collages, foldouts!

November 25, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Bibliothèque d’Art et d’Archéologie of Geneva (BAA) holds many curiosities in its contemporary collection. Among these are books containing collages and foldouts that spring up out of the original format, into three dimensions or unusual shapes. The Library exhibits about thirty of those fragile works, and among these are the works of two contemporary artists, the American artist Tauba Auerbach and the Swedish artist Jockum Nordström. These surprising pieces show the artists creativity of the book – a two-dimensional shape used as an experimental playground. This exhibition is concentrating on pop-up books created by artists. From children books, science books or manuscripts, to the classics like “The Little Prince” or “Moby Dick” which are iconic works for the history of books. The Pop-ups are works that have been designed by specific artists developing their own concept, above standards and collections imposed by publishers. Some artists like Niki de Saint-Phalle, Robert Filliou, Marcel Broodthaers or Christian Boltanski are realizing real works of art. They saw in “pop-up” a creative way of book design. In time, the book concept has reinvented itself under the influence of poets, artists and publishers. The artists experiment even more nowadays, as books have became a multimedia […]

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Escape the November blues with new Art Exhibitions openings…

November 18, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Matthias Mansen – Work in Progress Mansen is well known in Europe for his skill in the traditional medium of woodblock printing, which is the oldest printing medium, or mode of mechanically reproducing a mark or image. It was introduced in Europe in the 15th century, and in use in China and Japan in the 8th or 9th centuries. Mansen has been working with woodblock printing almost exclusively since his student days. The artist is attracted to the expressive nature of the woodblock medium as well as the representational and formal limitations imposed by its coarse resolution. His constantly evolving approach is characterised by a succession of even more complex shapes. Combinations of structures and overlays of patterns are employed to create a new image each time he redefines them. Mansen’s continuously refreshed perspective on the world is not limited to superficial representation. He chooses to produce single prints or sets of only a few copies, depending on the condition of the woodblock, or the colour usage. The exhibition presents works offered in 2011 to the Cabinet d’Arts Graphiques by Daniel and Pearl Bell family (Harvard University), as well as works from Wolfgang Wittrock (Berlin) private collection and artist’s private […]

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Explore the “Universe of Particles” and “Microcosm” Exhibitions at CERN

November 12, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

If you like physics and the mysteries of the Universe, CERN offers the public the opportunity to explore two permanent exhibitions: Universe of Particles is the new exhibition installed in the Globe of Science and Innovation at CERN. The Globe is 27 metres high and 40 metres in diameter, it’s about the size of the dome of Saint Peter’s in Rome! A unique visual landmark by day and by night, the Globe of Science and Innovation is a symbol of Planet Earth. Universe of Particles exhibition is dedicated to CERN main missions and it allows the visitor to explore the world of particles in a unique and spectacular ambiance. The entire Universe is made up of particles. But where do they come from? What laws govern their behaviour? The purpose of the Universe of particles exhibition is for visitors to confront these great questions. The exhibition’s innovative design shows us the fascinating world of particles, from the infinitesimally large to the infinitesimally small, from the Big Bang to the present day. The astonishing environment was created to force visitors to abandon conventional ideas and contemplate a field of research beyond their common experience. The second permanent exhibition called Microcosm offers […]

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