26 August - 30 September: Venice to Basel
August ended with a trip to the Venice Biennale and a visit to see Delphine's Italian great grandmother in Venice. Then we drove to Swiss Jura to prepare for 'A Thousand Lives' a retrospective exhibition and celebration of Jay's father's life and work. After a flying pit-stop to London, September ended back in Switzerland with Delphine's first birthday and a visit to her other Italian great grandmother, in Basel. This summer she has also visited her 3 grandmothers, 1 grandfather, aunts, uncles and cousins, lucky girl.
The Venice Biennale, overall, felt (even more than usual) like a theme-park this year, pandering to the global museum trend of creating entertainment, rather than art, for the visitors. Works were also (even more so than usual) literal and lazy in their political and pseudo poetic cliches (fences, holes in walls, smashed windows, bricked up entrances, black flags etc). Back on the road, a breath of fresh air came in the form of the amazing 14 century frescos in the Sud Tirol town of Bressanone/Brixen.
In Switzerland, people travelled far and wide to celebrate Franzueli Rechsteiner, aka Schlössli's life and work and it was a great day. The exhibition was curated by Jay & Chiara and held across two sites, the artist's home/studio in Lugnez and l'Atelier d'Ar Ko in Boncourt, a gallery run by Darko Vulic. The show presented a cross-section of Schlössli very varied and extensive oeuvre, together with film screenings and an ambitious Wunderkammer archive by Jay. For more information and better pictures of the whole retrospective visit: http://franzuelirechsteiner.weebly.com/a-thousand-lives.html
all photos below by Chiara & Jay unless otherwise credited - thanks to all those who contributed!