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Jewellery from the “Roof of the World!”

November 05, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Baur Foundation in Geneva; The Museum of Far Eastern Art In an elegant, late 19th century Geneva town house, the Baur Foundation’s Museum of Far Eastern Art is home to Switzerland’s largest collection of Chinese and Japanese works of art; Acquired by the Swiss collector, Alfred Baur over a period of 45 years, these exquisite works of art include Chinese imperial ceramic ware, jade and snuff bottles from the 10th to the 19th centuries, as well as Japanese prints, lacquer, netsuke, and sword fittings. The Museum of Far Eastern Art gathers approximately 9000 Chinese and Japanese art objects. Jewellery from the “Roof of the World” – From China to the Caucasus; “The Ghysels’ Collection” This exhibition tells of the immensity of the wilderness that runs from China to the Caucasus. More than 200 pieces of jewellery from the famous Ghysels’ Collection takes the visitor along the Silk Road, through Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal, Northern India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia. Over the long course of human history, jewellery and all kinds of body ornaments have expressed a multitude of meanings: social position, marital status, individual wealth and self-esteem. Whether they lived nomadic or sedentary lives, the people showed remarkable imagination. Colette and Jean-Pierre Ghysels’ […]

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Picasso at Work, Through the Lens of David Douglas Duncan

October 29, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

In the 20th century, a strong relationship existed between painters and photographers. Photographers would often take portraits of painters, and would even observe and photograph, painters at work. This was a symbiotic relationship whereby photographers added to their portfolio of work, while painters gained publicity through the photographs taken of them. This relationship also created an illusion of intimacy between the painter, his creation, and the viewer – an intimacy that had not previously existed. Picasso at Work, through the lens of David Douglas Duncan, at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire in Geneva, features 150 of Picasso’s works (paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramic pieces and engravings), displayed alongside the photographs of David Douglas Duncan. Duncan selected over 100 photographs from the thousands that he personally took, between 1956 and 1973, of Picasso and his milieu. The photos reveal Duncan’s remarkable acuity, as well as his complicity to work with his model. The variety of photos that Picasso and Duncan composed together shows the novelty of this type of partnership, at the time. In 1956, Duncan, an American photographer, assumed the task of documenting the life and work of Pablo Picasso. His wife, Jacqueline Roque-Picasso, was involved in the project, which took […]

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Faces of Geneva: Photography Project

October 22, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

If you had to pick your favourite spot in Geneva, and describe the city in one word, what would you say? That’s the question that photographer Josh Fassbind has been asking Geneva residents since 2010. My response would be the lakeside, and my one word would be lifestyle! After meeting 150 of the 193 nationalities represented at the UN, Mr. Fassbind has now put together a photo exhibition of his subjects in their favourite spots around town. Faces of Geneva aims to discover a shared living space, and points out our city’s multicultural character. “This project started from the desire to compare experiences in the shared living space of Geneva,” notes the artist. These images immortalise each participant in his or her favourite Geneva location, and each image is tagged with the subject’s first name, country of origin and their chosen key word. The project began in October 2010 with a Finn who chose to be photographed running on the banks of the Rhône, at La Jonction. The project continued over the months, with Fassbind often taking up to five photos per day! Some of the favourite places are the Place des Nations, Pâquis baths and the lakeshore. The project also […]

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Océan Mer: Contemporary French-Language Theatre

October 15, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

If, like me, you loved Alessandro Baricco’s novel, Ocean Sea, then I  suggest you check out the theatrical version, directed by Pietro Mussillo, at Théâtre du Loup. If you haven’t read the book, then I would still recommend this French-language production! The play was born of Pietro Musillo’s desire to bring Alessandro Baricco’s novel to life. Ocean Sea (known as Océan Mer in the French production) is an Italian novel that examines philosophical meditations on the meaning of life. The play examines this theme by focusing on the eternal instability of seven, shipwrecked castaways who end up in a mysterious boarding house, perched on the end of a magnificent cliff. Musillo’s staging of this novel uses the 19th Century Gericault painting, The Raft of the Medusa, as his visual inspiration for the characters in the novel. Trying to solve an unanswered riddle, the characters share intimate confessions and unusual encounters with the audience. All of this is done while using fantastic, picturesque scenery on the stage. This is an extraordinary play that suggest there is more to life than what any rationalist would tell you, so be sure to mark this one in you diary. It is only showing until […]

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Howard Greenberg and Tod Browning Photography Exhibitions

October 08, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

The Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne currently has two great photography exhibitions! Howard Greenberg Collection: Howard Greenberg has been a gallery owner for thirty years, and he is considered one of the pillars of the New York photography scene. While his role as a dealer is well-established, less is known about his own passion for collecting…until now! Over the past 30 years, Greenberg has been slowly building his collection of over 500 photographs. He is known for selecting prints of the highest quality, and the 120 selected works in this exhibition, do not disappoint! This is the first time that these works have ever been exhibited, and it gives the viewer insight into the varied interests of Mr. Greenberg. There are pieces from the Czech Photography School, pieces that show the modern-aesthetics approach of the 20s and 30s (with works by Edward Steichen, Edward Weston), and pieces that focus on more Contemporary photographers, such as Minor White, Harry Callahan and Robert Frank. Humanist photography is also well-represented in his photography, and the collection includes photographers like Lewis Hine and David Seymour, amongst others. An important section of prints are dedicated to the Great Depression era of the 30s, with photographers such […]

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Philippe Favier Rose Petal Exhibition at the Bartschi

October 01, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

French artist, Philippe Favier, dedicates his exhibition to a particular rose variety known as the 3-35-40, or the Gloria Dei, in Latin. This rose was identified and named in 1935 by Francis Meilland, during the Second World War, when he discovered it and sent a graft of the rose back home. American rose-enthusiasts may also know this yellow and pink rose as a Peace Rose. Fascinated by rose history, Mr. Favier’s magnificent exhibition uses mixed-medias of ceramic, glass, wood and collage, to highlight his affinity for the beauty of this particular rose. The series offers his own personal and contemporary view of the rose’s history and, by using actual rose petals, his work feels as delicate and small as a rose itself. In fact, the notion of “infinitely small” dominates all of these pieces as he plays with existential questions of human nature and eternity, the absurd and the tragic – all at the same time. Being small in size, his work invites us to not only look at it up-close, but to also examine it from afar in order to observe the nuances that appear as the scale of the pieces change. The exhibition is opened until November 2, 2012 […]

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Ancient Perfumes, Biblical Scents – Musée International de la Réforme

September 24, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

If you have never visited The International Museum of the Reformation, then this is a great opportunity to do so! It is located on Court Saint-Pierre in the prestigious House Mallet. This historic house was built during the 18th century on the site of the cathedral cloisters where the Reformation was voted on, in 1536. (That’s a long time ago!) An underground passageway connects the museum to the archaeological site under the Saint-Pierre cathedral and its towers; these three sites constitute a new cultural attraction in Geneva: Espace Saint-Pierre. The exhibition Ancient Perfumes, Biblical Scents offers the opportunity to explore a number of mythical fragrance ingredients: balm, cinnamon, cassia, frankincense, galbanum, henna, labdanum, myrrh, myrtle, nard, calamus, saffron and stacte. These scents are often described in the Bible and in the New Testament. (Remember the gifts of the Three Wise Men?) The exhibition is conceived as a history of the fragrance through the History of Religions. Each stage reminds you of the subtle work of a perfumer. You will learn about the different uses of perfume – from burning the scent on an altar, to the preparation of essential oils for the body, and even the therapeutic values of scent. […]

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La Semaine du Goût, 2012 – Who’s Hungry?

September 16, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

“An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup.” ― Bertrand Russell La Semaine du Goût (Swiss Gourmet Week)is part of a sustainable development initiative that aims to preserve culinary heritage. All of the events that are taking place during this period (September 13-23) promote the richness of taste and emphasise respect for healthy products, and the connection between people and the earth. This vision of healthy eating makes us want to get together and nourish ourselves to realise that eating is both resourceful and fun. The organisers seek to encourage events that enhance the pleasure of not only tasting new foods, but also that promote conviviality around the table and craft production. The goal is to educate the younger generations in the pleasure of taste, and to promote health through balanced food products. They also aim to create an awareness of quality and seasonal products, for visitors young and old. For 10 days, the public has the opportunity to discover the diversity of tastes that exist amongst different food cultures, and they also get to experience various craftsmen at work! La Semaine du Goût is aimed […]

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Young Artists in Geneva – Bourses Exhibition: Centre d’Art Contemporain

September 15, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Each year, young artists in Geneva compete in the field of plastic and applied arts for one of the scholarships offered by the Berthoud, Lissignol-Chevalier and Galland funds. The nominees works are currently being exhibited at the Geneva Centre d’Art Contemporain. The exhibition offers the public a rare glimpse into the new visions of these young creators, and thus gives all of us the opportunity to take the pulse of up-and-coming artists in Geneva. The presented works reflect not only a variety of artistic sensibilities, but also express the different opinions and worldviews that help to animate the young art scene, right here in Geneva. This is a unique opportunity to discover a particularly dynamic scene, so don’t miss out! At the exhibition, you will find works from the following artists who were selected to present at Bourses: A&G, Chloé Berthaudin, Benoît Billotte, Boutheyna Bouslama, Magdalena Brozda, Bureau Sacha von der Potter, Aurelie Dellasanta, Jeanne Gillard, Raphaël Julliard, Sonia Kacem, Angèle Laissue, Matéo Luthy, Noha Mokhtar, Neo Neo, Delphine Renault et Martina-Sofie Wildberger. The exhibition is open until Sunday, October 14. Visiting hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm Centre d’Art Contemporain: 10, rue des Vieux-Grenadiers    

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Solar-Powered Cinema on Tour

September 10, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Cinema Sud Helvetas is an itinerant open-air cinema that runs on solar energy. How is this, you might ask? Well, it travels the roads via bicycles and trailers so, during the day, the solar panels recharge the battery-operated projector for the evening session. This unique concept allows cinema-goers to watch films while respecting and protecting the environment. Once the canvas screen is stretched out between two trees, spectators are welcomed and they can bring their own chair or blanket – whatever they would like in order to be comfortably seated! The films shown during the tour are produced in countries where Helvetas Swiss runs development projects. With Cinema Sud, the Helvetas Organisation promotes the understanding of other cultures, and also encourages viewers to examine global interdependency and act conscientiously. Marylaure Décurnex and Jorrit Bachmann take the solar cinema concept across Switzerland, and become projectionists in the evening! “Even the Rain”…and the lightning The evening I chose to go and watch one of their projections was Tuesday August 21. It had been a very hot day and my husband and I decided that “Even the Rain” (the film scheduled for that evening) sounded very refreshing! We took our chairs and arrived […]

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