I’ve been living in Switzerland for almost three years now and I really enjoy looking for cultural gems that this country has to offer. Did you know that Basel alone offers more than 40 museums? And Basel only has 117,000 inhabitants, while the city of Milan has 1,350,000 inhabitants (almost ten times larger than Basel), and has about 60 museums.

I will not talk about exhibitions with high profile names, like the one about Bacon and Giacometti in Basel, or the one about Picasso in Lugano, but rather exhibitions that I find fun!
by Sarah Spagnuolo

1. Robert Pruitt: The Church

An American artist (’64), Pruitt does not have a singular style, but rather develops his series in stages, like the phases of a life. His series Suicide Paintings remains one of the most interesting. In the exhibition The Church in Zurich, available until May 13th at Kunsthalle, Pruitt has created a stimulating environment where the viewer is constantly made aware of space.

The Church is a project that combines painting, sculpture, drawing, furniture, performative events, everyday objects, political statements, and souvenirs. The most amusing / interesting thing to do is visit this exhibition during an organized event. In fact, https://openki.net lists a schedule of events taking place at the installation. In particular, I would like to mention the Spring Cleaning Flea Market on May 13th from 10 am to 5 pm. More info.

Photo credits Annik Wetter

2. Bruce Nauman: Disappearing acts

Available until August 26th in Basel at Schaulager, this exhibition will later be transferred to the MoMA in New York. Bruce Nauman is one of the most significant artists of the 20th century with versatile range, having produced sculpture, photography, video, and performance art. Nauman is interested in the nature of communication and the problems of language. The artist takes on the roles of communicator and manipulator of visual language. In this exhibition you can immerse yourself in video installations, sculptures, neon works and much more.

3. Ernesto Neto: Gaia Mother Tree

From June 30th to July 27th, the Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto will transform the Zurich Station into the Amazon Rainforest! Yes, you heard correctly. The monumental 20-meter tall GaiaMotherTree, a tree sculpture made of brightly colored hand-knotted cotton stripes, will be installed with the support of the Beyeler Foundation. Its structure functions for meetings, exchanges, and meditation. Inside the installation there will be engaging events for both adults and children, with music, workshops, guided tours and conferences available on the Foundation’s website.

4. Ron Arad: Yes to the Uncommon!

From June 8 to October 14 at the Vitra Design Museum, an exhibition will take place dedicated to Israeli artist Ron Arad, one of the most important designers of the last few decades. From chairs built from old car seats to innovative carbon fiber furniture, the work of Ron Arad has never been defined by conventional borders. The exhibition offers an overview of his work, featuring spectacular objects from the collection. The artist was also the creator of the limited edition Fiat 500 Ron Arad Edition.

5. Villa Ciani in 3D

In picturesque Lugano, here’s something for the whole family! The historic Villa Ciani dwelling is reinterpreted through augmented reality. On May 5 and June 2, (10 am – 6 pm, last admission at 5:30 pm) you can take part in the 30-minute tour Whole Other Villa. Using 3D glasses, relive the history of the villa and the two ancient Ciani and Gabrini families in an unusual and entertaining way. Learn more at http://www.tuttaunaltravilla.ch.