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Go on an Artistic Walkabout this September at “Zig Zag” in Rolle and “OpenArt18” in Saint-Prex

The talented group of artists who participated in Zig Zag 2017.

 

Let your feet set you on a path to artistic discovery this month at two ‘open workshop’ events, the first in Rolle on the 22-23rd September followed on the 29-30th by a second in Saint-Prex. Read More

“Venini & C., Genius Glassmaker of Murano” at Romont’s VitroMusée

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Detail of “Fame” (Personification of Fame) c. 1900 by Carl Almquist (1839-1927), part of the Vitromusée’s permanent collection. Carefully applied detail reflects the influence of Pre-Raphaelitism as well as the Arts and Crafts Movement. Gift of the Society of Friends of the Museum. Photo: CLG.

A visit to the Romont Vitromusée has all the elements of a perfect day trip: a singular collection found in an historic setting that’s accessible via direct rail links running through a stunning, pastoral landscape.

From Medieval to Contemporary times

The Vitromusée’s stained-glass collection includes pieces from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau periods through to contemporary creations. Photo courtesy of Romont Tourism Office.

The Romont Vitromusée of Stained Glass and Reverse Painting on Glass exhibits some of Switzerland’s most historically significant and visually stunning glass objects in a 13th-century timber-beamed castle that sits amidst a medieval hilltop village, making a visit there more than just another day at the museum. Read More

“Manguin” at the Hermitage captures hot Summer Days in vibrant Color

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Henri Manguin, Sleeping child – Claude Manguin, 1912, oil on canvas, 81x100cm, Kunsthaus Zürich, legs Dr Hans Schuler, 1920, all rights reserved, ©2018, ProLitteris, Zurich.

Just as the season for languid, lazy moments has arrived in the Swiss Romandy comes a new exhibition at the Hermitage Foundation in Lausanne that captures the very essence of hot summer days and nights.

In Manguin: The voluptuousness of color we see some 100 works — paintings, sketches and watercolors — by the painter Henri Manguin (1874-1949) who indulged his passion for color so ardently the contemporary poet Apollinaire called him the “voluptuous painter”. Read More

“Plouf! A History of Swimming in the Léman” at Nyon’s Musée du Léman

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Beach huts as colorful as the exhibition inside greet visitors to “Plouf!” at the Musée du Léman.

The cheerful exhibition Plouf! A History of Swimming in the Léman provides a playful means to learn about the history of the Lake and its significance over the years to fans of its shores and waters. It’s especially informative when combined with a tour of the Museum’s permanent collection of historical artefacts. Read More

Danish design deciphered by Boris Liger of Geneva’s La Boutique Danoise

The six “Songbirds” created by Danish designer Kay Bojesen in the 1950s each has a name. Above, from left to right: Pop (after soda pop), Kay (after the designer himself), and Peter (after Bojesen’s eldest grandchild).

Once you scratch the surface (figuratively, of course) of Danish furniture design there’s just no turning back. Boris Liger, Manager of Geneva’s La Boutique Danoise — for whom Danish design is not just a job, but a passion — explains why it elicits such enthusiasm and the reasons for its enduring appeal. Read More

Eat the best of fresh, seasonal and local during Geneva’s Veggie Week 2018

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A colorful blend of tomatoes, basil and aged balsamic by chef Philippe Bourrel of the restaurant Le Jardin at Hôtel Le Richemond.

With gardens blooming and taste buds ready for a change after the heavy fare of winter menus, Veggie Week is returning to Geneva, with the city’s top hotel-restaurant chefs whipping up some stunning new dishes to impress your palate.

Aimed at vegetarians, vegans and yes, meat eaters, too, this two-week event runs from the 4th — 17th of June and serves up a feast for the eyes and the stomach by means of the freshest produce available from local kitchen gardens.

 

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Prangins Indian cotton exhibit

Discover the beauty and history of “Chintz: A Fabric that revolutionised the World” at the Château de Prangins

Prangins Indian cotton exhibit

Flowers and birds, Jouy, Oberkampf factory, 1778 to 1797, woodblock print. ©Swiss National Museum.

To mark its 20th anniversary, the Château de Prangins has opened a major exhibit on the printed cotton material know as chintz. Originating in India, the 17th-century European craze for this fabric and its floral motifs dominated the global economy, society and fashion for 200 years.

 

Celebrating its two decades of existence, the Swiss National Museum at the Château de Prangins has chosen a beauty of a topic, not only for the attractiveness of its main subject but because of its significance for Switzerland, a primary participant and beneficiary of the printed cotton trade that fluorished in the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe and latterly in America. Read More