Sketch Your Weekend

Sketch Your Weekend – Edition 4

Sketch Your Weekend – Art to see in Geneva, Lausanne and Basel


The Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts is showing 40 items of Ai Wei Wei’s work from 1995 up to the present.  Ai Wei Wei is one of the most significant artists in the world of the last ten years.  His sculptures often draw upon craft traditions while subverting them to make pieces that are often critical of government policies and actions around humanitarian crises.  He has made work critical of the Chinese government’s response to the Sichuan earthquake in 2008, and more recently he has created pieces about the Syrian refugee crises.  The show started 22 September 2017 and is on until 28 January 2018.  This is the last show in the current Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts building before its move to a newly constructed building at Platform 10.

Ai Wei Wei, Sunflower Seeds, Painted Porcelain


Ai Wei Wei, The Animal that Looks like a Llama but is really an Alpaca, Wallpaper, various sizes



No’Photo or Photo Nocturnes will take place on 14 October 2017 from 17:00 until 2:00 am, and it is the first evening photography event organised by the Ville de Geneve.  The starting point is Alhambra, in Geneva, where Sami Kanaan, Executive Council Member in Charge of Culture and Sport, will launch the evening with a talk at 17:00.  At Alhambra there are three spaces where photographs will be projected on big screens, and on the walls; not hung like a traditional show.  In addition there are six other locations throughout Geneva where photographs will also be projected onto screens, including the Batiment d’art Contemporain, MEG, Musee Rath, Maison des art de Grutli, and Parc des Bastions.  Each location has a theme for the photographs shown there, including the People of Geneva, Intimacy, Migration, Territoires, and Human Rights.  The evening is free, and there will be four cafes open along the route for visitors to enjoy.  Two bicycle taxis will be available to take people to the different sites.  This promises to be an interesting and ground-breaking artistic evening in Geneva.


Photo credit: Y Yu


Genève, le 22 janvier 2012. Centre pour requérants d’Asile, Foyer des Tilleuls, chemin du Bois Brûlé. © Magali Girardin.


Charles & Ray Eames. The Power of Design is opening 30 September 2017.  Located near Basel at the Vitra Design Museum, this exhibition will show an overview of the complete works and life of this husband and wife team.  The exhibition includes a large selection of original works including films, photographs, furniture, drawings, sculptures, paintings, textiles, and graphic design.  This design duo was probably one of the more successful and influential design teams in history.  Their work includes many iconic furniture pieces and designs, most of them created in a period of about 15 years.  The retrospective exhibition has more than 500 objects and exhibits, including very rare plywood sculptures created by Ray Eames, and models of the Eames House and IBM Pavilion, among other items.

An Eames Celebration, Vitra Design Museum 2017 Photomontage Boros @ Eames Office LLC


An Eames Celebration. Eames House courtyard. Photo Timothy Street_Porter @ Eames Office LLC


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