Latest post from Yadcheri.com’s blog TALK TO THE HAND –
The hand is one of the most important parts of the human body; it allows us to complete tasks that are unique to our species and separates us from animals. Hands are overworked and unappreciated by many, however, there is a place in Switzerland that honors the hand. Located in the heart of Lausanne, Le Musée de la Main (literally translated to “Hand Museum”) was founded by Professor Claude Verdan in 1997. Le Musée de la Main celebrates the hand in its entirety.
Professor Claude Edouard Verdan (1909-2006) was an innovator in the reconstructive hand surgery community. He graduated from medical school as a doctor in 1933 in Lausanne, followed by a number of postgraduate courses from Geneva and Zurich.
After becoming an FMH specialist, Pr. Verdan began a career at the University of Lausanne as the director of Surgery at the Polyclinic . During this time, Pr. Claude Verdan focused mostly on the after-effects of serious hand trauma. In 1946, he founded the Surgical Clinic and Permanence de Longeraie and was responsible for emergency situations. For 30 years, Pr. Verdan innovated new techniques, published multiple articles and books on hand surgery and was a part of the Congress of Specialists.
Over his years of medical service, Pr. Verdan collected hundreds of items related to hands. These items included paintings, sculptures, tools, and hand-related writing. This gave Claude Verdan the idea to open a museum, thus he started his foundation in 1981. The first exhibition took place at the Musée de l’Elysée. However, the foundation struggled for over 16 years to find a permanent location for the museum. Eventually, after some help from his good friend Maurice Muller, Le Musée de la Main was established in 1997.
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There is a little gem of a museum in Geneva, Switzerland that is not very often talked about but really worth mentioning, it’s the MEG – the Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève. The new building which was inaugurated in 2014 and designed by Bern based architectural firm Graber Pulver, received the European Museum of the Year award in 2017.
Shaped like a pagoda, the whole concept of the museum is based on public accessibility. With around 80.000 objects and 15.000 pictorial and auditory documents, the collection is one of the largest in Switzerland. Over a thousand objects are exposed in sleek well lit large color-coded glass showcases. In addition, the ethnomusicology department presents musical instruments from different parts of the world and acoustic samples to be listened to by means of headphones.
This amazing time-capsule of humanity is like a 3D encyclopedia inviting the visitor to explore our diversity: Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. The objects on show are like messages from across the world that convey the world’s cultures.
Curiosities, rarities, ambivalent objects picked up by missionaries, diplomatic gifts, and scientific field research artifacts are all part of the collections.
Once your visit is done, don’t forget to stop by at the modern, airy café for a coffee or a bite to eat. On sunny days, tables are placed on the esplanade at the entrance of the museum and you find yourself enjoying the charming landscaped green oasis facing you.
A lovely way to take a break and discover something new. You also realize how connected we all are.
SAYPE draws 10,000 square meter man in the mountains of Leysin, Switzerland.
Artist Saype has recently completed this monumental ephemeral land artwork in the mountainous landscape of Leysin. The 10,000 square meter piece depicts a reclined man lying on the side of a huge hill, his arms crossed behind his head, eyes closed as the sun hits his face, and a pipe casually resting in his mouth. source : Designboom
Recognized for his conceptual approach in art, photography and sculpture, Swiss artist Rolf Sachs has unveiled his interior fit out for the Dolder Grand Hotel’s new restaurant called ‘Saltz’. Translating his approach in art into interiors, the restaurant constantly references the swiss landscape by combining distinctive materials including neon lights, salt, rock and felt to manifest a theatrical yet intimate setting.
Sipho Mabona has taken a folding technique that was used in ancient civilizations to a new level. When he was 5 he started to make paper plans and ran out of design ideas when he was 15, which pushed him to draw from other inspirations. His work was the first from a foreigner that was on the cover of the Japan Origami Academic Society Magazine that. The “White Elephant” is currently on display at KKLB in Switzerland.
The Switzerland based origami artist has created a full sized elephant using a continuous sheet of paper. source : arch20.com
From a distance Refugi Lieptgas looks like a traditional wooden hut. Taking a closer look you will actually find that this cabin is made of concrete. The old barn that stood here previously characterises the appearance of the new building. By using the logs of the block construction as a formwork for the concrete a fossilized version of the old barn has been created. An unusual holiday home for two people – both romantic and modern. source : flodeau.com
As a tribute to the alpine experience and the famed writer, Swiss studio bureau A has sited their project ‘Antoine’ within the vast, mountainous expanse of the alps. Commissioned during an artist residency at the Verbier 3D foundation, the architecture-cum-sculpture is inhabitable and structurally functional, comprising an indoor cabin with a fireplace, bed, table, stool and window. Literally hanging on the rock fall field, the small wooden dwelling hides its internal features within a projected concrete rock, deriving its shape from natural elements in its surrounding environment. ‘Antoine’ is, in part, derived from the long lasting swiss tradition of hidden bunkers and military infrastructure, referencing the writing of french philosopher paul virilio in 1975 on bunker archaeology and principles of camouflage — themes which have long since fascinated the architects. source : designboom
In Mathieu Lehanneur’s concept for Audemars Piguet – first seen at Art Basel Hong Kong in May and now headed for Art Basel Miami from December 4th to 7th – he deftly balances ideas of elegance and durability, key attributes of the Swiss watchmaker’s brand. His inspiration came from Maison Audemar Piguet du Brassus, the company’s mansion-like headquarters overlooking the Vallée de Joux in the Jura Mountains – a gently undulating landscape of trees and meadows punctuated by rocky outcroppings. source : azuremagazine
Young Zürich-based architects Marianne Julia Baumgartner and Luca Camponovo have recently converted a hundred year old hay barn into a modern family house in a high valley village in Reckingen-Gluringen. like most buildings in the area, the barn is a protected heritage monument. The challenge was to renovate the structure without destroying it’s outer facade. Structurally, each barn was divided into two units. The architects have kept this structural division, conceiving the house as a new volume trapped inside the existing one. The inner facade is detached from the outer shell in two, creating niches that reveal the height and structure of the original wood. via yellow trace
Designed by Swiss firm mlzd, Gurten Pavilion is an 800-square-metre building designed for hosting public and private events, from formal banquets to parties and talks, on a mountain known as the Gurten. via Dezeen
Since its debut in 1970, Art Basel has become the Modern and contemporary artworld’s premier platform for bringing together artists and their patrons in a way that is both engaging and personal. With annual art shows sited on three continents – Europe, North America, and Asia – Art Basel is the only art show with such global reach.
Modern and contemporary art of the highest quality, from classic forms to pieces by the most cutting edge experimentalists, are on display in a multi-sector format, making Art Basel a prized venue for both the artists and those who appreciate their work.
Marclay, who has won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale, had solo shows from LA to Seoul, and guest-edited W*151, is a sort of sound surrealist. He juxtaposes appropriated movie clips, images of instruments and musicians to make audio-visual collages.
Located at 1400, in a private ski area in Switzerland, at the foot of the “Dents-du-Midi”, Whitepod, was awarded with the World Prize for Sustainable Tourism in 2005.
This original concept offers a unique and unforgettable experience in a beautiful mountain environment. 15 spacious and luxurious domes (the pods) based in a high mountain pasture, welcome guests in a cozy atmosphere.
Far from all urban nuisances the area is a perfect site for this unique ecological concept designed to be in total harmony with the surrounding environment.