Wednesday, June 13, 2007

art basel

A quick post from Switzerland (where Blogger is in German)! The past few days have been jam packed, full of art and lots of amazing sights. Art Basel is intense ~ there is just so much to see. Unfortunately, I can't seem to upload any images from this computer. So, words will have to suffice and photos will come later (I have been taking lots). I must say that there is a lot of bad art, but also many wonderful, beautiful things, that I would love to bring home ~ gorgeous Agnes Martin pieces everywhere; a really lovely Paul Klee watercolor; August Sander photographs; and much, much more. There are also some new discoveries which I will share when I have time to put in some links.

I had a chance to the Edvard Munch show at Fondation Beyeler, which was very, very interesting. Paintings, prints, and photographs ~ Munch has a new fan!

Basel itself is lots of fun. Typically Swiss and so lovely and efficient. The public transportation is free, and it is easy to just hop on a tram and get where you need to go. The food is yummy ~ very pure flavors and fresh ingredients. The people are amazing and smart and so very stylish. The people-watching is fantastic as everyone is so effortlessly elegant ~ and creative too. I read this evening that Basel was historically a center for paper making and book binding, so it stands to reason that it is today such a rich cultural center. Ah, well, enough for now...

Goodnight from Basel.

(UPDATE 6.24.07: I added in an image from the fair, courtesy MCH Swiss Exhibition, Basel/Zurich, AG)


Isabelle said...

Can't wait to see the photos.

cgb said...

It is so good to read about your impressions of Basel and to know you are enjoying your trip! There are many people thinking about you and sending much love too!