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Chilling Out in Carouge

April 10, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

I don’t know about you, but I always forget about Carouge – despite the fact that it is one of the nicest areas to wander around, especially on a Sunday! Cozy cafés, concerts, art, movies and even a bit of shopping are on the to-do-list.

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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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Day Trip to Martigny

October 22, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

My suggestion for this week is to head to Martigny, in Valais, for two reasons: dogs and art! Martigny is a small town, but it’s very pleasant to walk around. The view is a mix of mountains and vineyards, and there are sculptures everywhere in town – so keep your eyes open. Martigny is a Roman town so, if you have time, be sure to check out the Amphitheatre, ruins and the small castle of la Bâtiaz. If you like dogs, then the Barry Foundation will interest you. The foundation has open doors and you’ll be able to learn about Great Saint-Bernards. Visit the kennel and familiarise yourself with training, education and care. You can also find out what the Foundation does for this national dog! (Explanations will be given in French and German.) Check out the program here. Open on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 from 10am to 4pm. Located on Route des Chantons, 52, a short walk from the train station. Not far from the Barry Foundation, there is also a Saint-Bernard museum for those who want to find out more about the history of the Great Saint-Bernard Hospice and Pass, and to see more, beautiful […]

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Neon Parallax: Innovative Public Art

October 15, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Plainpalais is the place to be on Friday, October 19th at 6.30pm for the inauguration of the final phase of the public art project, Neon Parallax.  The project was started in 2006, and this final phase will see three, new neon installations made by artists Ann Veronica Janssens, Pierre Bismuth and Christian Robert-Tisso. The idea for Neon Parallax was conceived specifically with plaine de Plainpalais in mind. It is an ambitious and unique project that has been initiated by Fonds d’art contemporain for both the city, and the canton of Geneva (FMAC and FCAC). The project already has six of these luminous artworks displayed, and the installations will be displayed for a ten-year period. The intention of this installation is to give the public a new way to explore and experience artwork in the city, without adding to the urban space that is already overloaded with visual imagery. The project also aims to show the viewer that urban spaces can be common spaces; and can therefore be improved with a fresh, new look. It’s easy to understand why plaine de Plainpalais was selected for this project – it is the perfect mix of local and business activities, while also catering to […]

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Yummy Bagel Brunch!

October 15, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Unfortunately Cafe de la Paix has just closed! Watch this space if they re-open and check out our restaurant section for other ideas… Café de la Paix is one of these places you find by chance, and that you immediately fall in love with! It’s a great and affordable restaurant in Plainpalais, and they make tasty dishes and always have a vegetarian option. You always feel welcome there. Every Tuesday, they host the Lindy Hop Party at 8:30 pm, and it’s a good way to have fun in the middle of the week, while also being a nice alternative to salsa dancing. Café de la Paix also has live music on Fridays, with bands of all kinds. Follow them on Facebook to get their updates. They also have an exhibition of paintings on the wall, so be sure to take a look! After all, their motto is Arts & Bagels! And yes…in case you’re skeptical…the bagels are delicious! They have them everyday, of course, but my recommendation is to go there for Sunday brunch. Scrambled eggs, salads, and bircher muesli are also on the menu. It’s one of the best deals in town (Small brunch for 15 CHF and big […]

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