LAND ART 2016 in Bienne

For the 5th time, between August and October 2016, at the mountain Boujean, the city of Biel/Bienne was the home of an “exhibition” in the forest on the theme “ANIMALS”


photo: c.lastegaray/Okilea – Arachnide of Verena and Giuliano Baldin

About 30 artists from all over the world created transitory works either with colors, diverse materials and mainly outdoors (stones, woods, moss…)

It can be scary, poetic, stunning…

photo: C.lastegaray /Okilea -

photo: C.lastegaray /Okilea – “the king toad” of Erika and Leander Locher 






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MARCELLO: an exhibition

Life and work of the sculptor and painter Adèle d’Affry so-called Marcello.  A pseudonym which enabled this incredible woman to have success in Europe during the 19th century. A swiss artist from Fribourg who spent her short life (she died at 43) between Switzerland, Italy and France. From March 9th to June 4th, 2016 at the Château de Penthes, in Geneva The Fondation Marcello, was created in 1963, in Fribourg, in order to preserve  all the works of Marcello, sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs, autographs and other memory-related objects  and promote  it by getting out of oblivion the heritage and the identity of Adèle d’Affry, Duchess of Castiglione Colonna (1836-1879).


Edouard-Théophile Blanchard, Portrait de la duchesse Castiglione, 1877, Musée d’art et d’histoire Fribourg













Paul SIGNAC : a life over water

At the Fondation de l’Hermitage, route du Signal 2 in Lausanne – from january 29th to May 22nd, 2016.


©Fondation de l'hermitage

©Fondation de l’hermitage

This exhibition enables the visitor to discover the many facets of a man, fascinated by the sea and boats and above all, of a painter whose first love was COLOUR.
The collection is exceptional for its stylistic diversity: impressionist, polychromy, watercolour, preparatory washes with drawings in Indian ink. It offers a complete panorama of Signac’s artistic development.
A travel from Saint-Tropez, Venice, Rotterdam, to Constantinople and across his series “Ports of France”.
The Port of Saint-Tropez, 1901 - ©National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

The Port of Saint-Tropez, 1901 – ©National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

Many workshops are available to explore the different technics: watercolor, pointillisme.

WELTPOSTDENKMAL : the UPU monument (Universal Postal Union)

The monument was created by René de Saint-Marceaux (a french sculptor) in 1909 and inspired the organisation logo.  It represents  the five continents join to transmit messages around the globe.                          

Its stands in the Kleine Schanze garden in Bern.


UPU logo

The Universal Postal Union  (UPU) is a specialized agency of the UN since 1947. It is the first international organisation aimed to develop the cooperation, the coordination and the functioning  of the different postal systems of the world. It was created in 1874  under the name “General Postal Union” and took its actual name “Universal Postal Union” in 1878 due to its growing number of members.  
Its headquarters are still in Bern (CH), the official language is french and in 1994, english was added as the working language. Today, the organisation accounts 192 state-members

UPU monument

©, 2015










BASEL PAPER MILL: « Where paper speaks for itself »

It is the museum of paper, writing, printing and book binding,  located in St. Alban-Tal 37 in Basel, in a fascinating medieval mill.
museum of paper

©, 2016

History and explanations spread over 4 floors.
Such an interesting journey from hand-made paper to a finished book…
museum of paper


Workshops, throughout  the museum, to learn how to make your own paper, write with a goose feather quill, a bamboo stick, set your name in type, make marbled pape, and many more :
« Touch it and see”
papier museum

©, 2016

Basel Fasnacht : the most famous carnival in Switzerland

Locals usually call it the «most wonderful three days».  

 From February 15th to 17th, 2016.

Despite the Reformation that made of Basel, a protestant city, the carnival was always held, ignoring bans. One of the earliest records date back to Ash Wednesday in 1376.             

The best way to enjoy it,  is to go with the flow and simply wander around the streets.  

Not to be missed : the Morgenstreich which starts at 4 a.m. on Monday when all the lights of the city center are switched off, the silent reigns till the drum major gives the marching order: Morgenstreich, forward, march! ( ‘Morgestraich vorwärts marsch’) with their drummers and piccolo players. About 200 cliques parade through the city, into the darkness, carrying large decorated lantern until daylight breaks.

Besides the processions of about 12’000 masked carnival participants, the children’s day, the lantern exhibition,

the Guggenmusiken concerts (brass bands),

the Basel carnival is characterized by – over 100 groups (“Schnitzelbank“) who perform their satirical verses  in local  dialect (about well-known events and personalities of the previous year ) in restaurants, bars and cellars.



CARNIVAL OF BERN : One of the third largest carnival in Switzerland !

It starts on Thursday 11th and  lasts till Saturday 13th.

On Thursday night at 8 p.m., the bear  woke up from hibernation by the “Ychüblete” (drumming) and released from the Prison Towers. Then the carnival maskers  invade the streets, bars and restaurants in the old town accompanied by the craziest rhythms and noisy music of the “Guggenmusik Cliques” ( carnival brass bands ).

The bear wears a red scarf. 





On Friday night, at 10 p.m. –  torches parade with drummers






and on Saturday at 10 a.m.  a parody theater play on Guillaume Tell’s story characterize this carnival !