Discover Germany, Issue 39, June 2016

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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Basel City Special

Contemporary Swiss art with paintings at centre point Galerie Carzaniga, based in Basel, is one of the most renowned art galleries in Switzerland. It focuses on showcasing 20th century Swiss art, such as works of Gruppe Rot-Blau, Gruppe 33, abstract expressionism, informal art and contemporary art from Switzerland, Germany and Italy. TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN

“It is our main endeavour to cultivate and continuously showcase traditional painting,” says Arnaldo Carzaniga, commenting on the Basel art museum that shows a likewise appreciation for Swiss, and in particular Basel, artists in exhibiting their works. “This is the basis that allows us – as an art gallery – to try out new things and support young, aspiring artists,” adds business partner Markus Rück. Carzaniga and Rück run the gallery together with their third partner Philipp Hediger. Galerie Carzaniga will participate in the Art Basel 2016, showing works of Mark Tobey (1890-1976) and Julius Bissier (18931965) who were both based in Basel. But while Bissier’s rather poetic soft watercolour

and tempera pieces are famous for their experimentation with Asian calligraphy and Western typography, Tobey’s fine-lined compositions and use of auratic colour effects was representative of lyrical abstraction. A third artist currently showcased at Galerie Carzaniga is Lorenz Spring, born in 1964.“Spring has a profound knowledge

Go electronic in Basel Located in the heart of Basel’s new cultural hotspot Dreispitz area, the so-called HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel) has established itself as a worldwide unique art space dedicated to all digital culture and the new art forms of the information age. TEXT: SONJA IRANI

“At our art space, you can experience many different attractions connected to contemporary art that explores new technologies,” says Lukas Zitzer, press and public relations at HeK. There are, for example Christina Kubisch’s ‘Electrical Walks Basel’ headphones. These allow you to search the Dreispitz area for electromagnetic vibrations and transform them into sound. “We also show four to five changing exhibitions per year. In scope of our education programme you can learn how to create your own animated GIF’s, for example, or visit one of our concerts of contemporary electro-acoustic music.” Special events at the HeK include the so-called ‘Family Sundays’ when families with children from the age of seven can

discover the exhibitions together or the annual Oslo Night, which this year takes place on 17 September. “More than 4,000 visitors regularly attend the festival, which features a varied programme including special exhibitions, concerts, workshops and much more,” explains Zitzer.

of the Pop Art that emerged in the 1950s and 1960s, but uses completely different motives in his own collages, sculptures or drawings,” says Carzaniga. Often enough they have a direct link to Switzerland and Swiss landscapes. Left: Julius Bissier (1893–1965); A.23.Mai 64 M, 1963; egg oil tempera on self-primed cotton; 22.5 x 28.6cm. © Galerie Carzaniga I Photo: Serge Hasenböhler Middle: Mark Tobey (1890–1976); Without title, 1955; tempera on carton; 53.5 x 42 cm; signed, dated bottom right: Tobey 55. © Galerie Carzaniga I Photo: Serge Hasenböhler Right: Lorenz Spring (1964); Schneeschmelze in den Flimser Bergen, 2016; oil on canvas; 90 x 110 cm. © Galerie Carzaniga Photo: Lorenz Spring.

Plenty of reasons then to visit Basel. However, Zitzer knows even more. “Just a few steps from our location, you’ll find the Schaulager is a unique mix of a museum, art storage depot and art research centre. If the weather is nice, I also highly recommend the Rhine harbour for a stroll. You’ll find countless cosy bars here where you can take a break and just watch the world go by.” From left: Exhibition Ryoji Ikeda (2014) in HeK. Works: Ryoji Ikeda, data. tron [3K version], 2014 and data.scan [n°1-9], 2009. Photo: Franz Wamhof, ©: HeK Photo: Kathrin Schulthess, © Christoph Merian Stiftung

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