Im kicking myself for ignoring my initial impulse to visit the Hermitage Foundation in Lausane “no matter what” when their current exhibition Canada and Impressionism opened there in late January. Being Canadian and a fanatic for almost all things Impressionism I knew I’d be Impressed (excuse the pun) by the collection of a hundred paintings by Canadian painters, which has been loaned to the Hermitage largely by the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.
Until March 2020, a new exhibition at the Maison Tavel in Geneva’s Old Town displays a beautiful collection of photographs tracing the first 25 years of photography in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.
I have to say I’m very impressed with how the Hermitage Foundation in Lausanne always manages in its exhibitions to include a favourite painting of mine, discovered during my five-year stay as an expat in Hampstead, London. It’s as if they’re reading my mind and I’ll have to tell them how much I appreciate it on my next visit, which is never very long after my last one because their exhibitions consistently distinguish themselves by their quality and diversity.
Every year since 1998, the Swiss Heritage Society recognises one garden in Switzerland for its outstanding achievements in the garden arts, placing as much value on efforts to conserve and maintain valuable historic green spaces as it does on the creation of new, contemporary ones. On Saturday, 18 May, the Society awarded its Schultess Prize, named after the award’s benefactors Georg and Marianne von Schulthess-Schweizer and worth CHF 25’000.00, to the Jardin Botanique Alpin Meyrin, located in the Geneva suburb of Meyrin.
It’s Spring in Geneva and along with it the Afrodyssée African Style Market will be back in town for its fifth edition introducing the latest, exciting batch of trendsetting African fashion, beauty and design influencers to the European continent. Some 40 designers of men and women’s fashion, accessories, jewellery, cosmetics, decor and design will present their unique, high-quality creations, some for the first time. An evening fashion show profiling the most audacious and popular brands promises to be an event highlight.
The 25th edition of the AVV – Art in Geneva Old Town – art openings and guided tours will take place this coming weekend, starting on Thursday evening, 2 May, from 18h00, when some 13 art galleries will hold a communal vernissage introducing their latest exhibitions to the art loving public, collectors, and art world professionals. They will again open their doors to the public on Saturday, 4 May, from 11h00 to 17h00. A wonderful opportunity to visit galleries, view artworks, and talk with gallery owners and other art lovers in an easygoing social setting, this is something that I (and maybe even you?) might hesitate to do when on my own.
Seeing master artisans at work in their own studios is to witness their love and natural affinity for their craft up close. That’s nowhere more true than when visiting with master marionnette sculptor Christophe Kiss at his Galerie Ornicar in Rolle. Surrounded by his creations in various stages of completion and by the materials and tools he uses to craft them, you get the sense there’s nowhere else he’d rather be and that his devotion and delight in bringing them to life really is his raison d’être.