The dream of a public art museum had already been cherished by several ministers of the ancien régime a few decades before the French Revolution as the Musée du Louvre in Paris was inaugurated on 10 August 1793 at the height of the revolution. Andrew McClellan writes: Read more
Thirty years ago, on 28 January 1988, the tower chimney built in 1964/65 for the heating centre of ETH Zurich at Hönggerberg was blown up in a spectacular operation. Previously, a strong eccentricity had been measured in the 80-metre high concrete chimney and visible damage had been detected, which led to the decision to demolish. The new, lower chimney system with three steel chimneys Read more
Felspar, quartz and mica – the main mineral components that make up granite and another type of rock: gneiss. Even though it was used to construct some of Switzerland’s famous buildings, gneiss is relatively unknown compared to granite or marble. Read more
50 years ago, on 16 September 1966, the new Metropolitan Opera opened in New York City. The building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan is part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The non-profit organization promoting music, dance and Read more
A nasty Christmas surprise lurked in the letter box of Hans Bernoulli, an adjunct professor of urban design at ETH Zurich, on 24 December 1938. The President of the Swiss School Board had written to inform him that his lectureship was to end with the conclusion of the winter Read more
Mit einem Artikel über zwei seiner Plastiken aus dem Kunstinventar der ETH Zürich möchten wir unseren Beitrag zum Gedenken an Gottfried Honeggers Leben und Werk leisten.
1917 geboren und am vergangenen Sonntag 17. Januar im Alter von 98 Jahren verstorben, hat Gottfried Honegger ein umfangreiches Lebenswerk hinterlassen. Read more
Im Laufe der Recherchen zu meinem Blogpost über Gottfried Kinkel bin ich auf Vorlesungsnachschriften eines Studenten namens Eugène Burnand (1850-1921) gestossen, einem später in der Schweiz, Frankreich und Deutschland sehr bekannt gewordenen Kunst- und Porträtmalers, heute mit eigenem Museum im Waadtland bedacht. Doch davon weiter unten. Read more
Every Gründerzeit building enthusiast will be familiar with them: monochrome or multi-coloured tile floors adorned with ornaments or geometric patterns, smooth or with a pressed-on mosaic structure. Read more
Tadashi Kawamata is a Japanese artist who is rather well known in Switzerland. Since the 1980s, he has been realizing more or less ephemeral path-like or hut-like wooden constructions in urban areas all over the world. Over the course of time, Kawamata realised a series of bath houses in Switzerland, starting with the Frauenbad in Zurich in 1993.