Manifesta 2016 in Zurich

I came across an article in the Swiss daily news about the Manifesta 2016. Manifesta is the European biennial of contemporary art and is along with the Venice Biennale and documenta in Kassel one of the foremost art events in Europe. Manifesta is always hosted by a different city – in the past Rotterdam, Luxembourg, Ljubljana, Frankfurt, Donostia/San Sebastián, Trentino–South Tyrol, Murcia, Genk, St. Petersburg – and will run in Zurich from 11 June until 18 September next year. German artist Christian Jankowski has been appointed Chief Curator of the 11th Manifesta.

The city plans to build a wooden float, the “Pavillon of Reflections”, close to the central place Bellevue.… Read more...

Symbiosis of Linocut & Water Color

I have recently been quite active in my art lab without having shared any of my projects with you lately. The one I will blog about in this post was actually a wedding gift. For that reason, I had to restrain myself from sharing it with you earlier.… Read more...

Zurich Kunsthaus – EUROPE the Future of History

Zurich Kunsthaus - EUROPE the Future of History

The Kunsthaus Zurich runs an exhibition on EUROPE – the Future of History. For Switzerland, defending its autonomous position within the European continent and not being part of the European Union, this is a rather unique topic. What is Europe? A monetary union? A single market allowing free trade? A common wish for a peaceful coexistence? In the light of the current political and economic crisis surrounding Greece, this question cannot be asked often enough.… Read more...

Art Basel 2015

Art Basel 2015

The heat wave which has found Switzerland has kept me aloof from sharing with you my recent art endeavors. Already a few weeks ago, end of June, I visited the Art Basel in Basel. It has been the first time for me visiting this exhibition and I want to share with you my impressions and favorite artworks spotted there.… Read more...

Cutting your own mat board (passepartout)

To give one of my lino prints to a friend as a present, I was looking for a passepartout on short notice. A passepartout enhances the visual appeal of prints and other art works and also prevents them from touching the glass. Latter is especially important for charcoal drawings.

After having called up several framing shops, I found one who could deliver the passepartout within 4 days. I went to the shop and was taken aback when the shop assistant told me the price for a passepartout with 3 cutouts. 160 CHF (168 USD) !!!!!!! I couldn’t believe my ears. Switzerland is expensive – I have gotten used that – but 160 CHF for a simple cardboard!… Read more...

Street Art in Zurich

Street art in Zurich is quiet, it is hidden but definitely there. I ran across those three graffiti yesterday night close to the theatre Schiffbau. For those of you interested in seeing more of Zurich’s street art, check out the facebook page Züri Street Art, which probably holds the widest collection of street art in Zurich.

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Japanese Inspirations

Saturday was a grey and unpleasant day in Zurich. Why not visit the museum on such a day? A friend and I went to see the exhibition Japanese Inspirations in the Kunsthaus. The exhibition picks up the theme of Japonisme and its influence on European artists. The term Japonisme refers to the period from 1860 to 1910, when Japan opened up to the world. Japanese artworks, ceramics, textiles or theatre masks were exotic articles that were presented at the Paris World Fairs in 1867 and 1878 and thus found its way to the Western world.… Read more...

Top Literature on the Techniques of Painting

As you all know, I have not studied art. All I know about art, I learned by myself. Lately however, I felt that I need a deeper technical understanding about the different techniques of painting and the interplay of materials to reach certain effects. I shortly introduce to you two standard reference works which I found very helpful in teaching this to me – both written by German professors:… Read more...