It was Saturday afternoon, it had rained heavily since almost 24 hours and another 48 hours of rain were expected. So good bye all outdoor projects for the week-end.! We jumped into our car and drove the 100 kilometres to La Chaux-de-Fonds, a rather depressing industrial city not far from the French border in the Jura mountains. Besides being the centre for the watch industry in Switzerland, it's the city where the famous architect Le Corbusier was born. It features a couple of interesting museums. Our first stop was Le Musée des Beaux Arts with an interesting exhibition of the Austrian born (1935) artist Kiki Kogelnik. Neither Dad nor I had heard of this avant-garde painter who left her country in 1961 to make career in the Pop Art circles of New York, where she lived for many years before returning to Vienna where she died in 1997. What we found in this beautifully restored museum was really stimulating and often amusing with the critical look by the artist at the modern consumption society and its women.
A large section of the exhibition was displaying Kiki Kogelnik's deep passion for the human anatomy. She used to invite her friends to her house and ask them to lie down on the floor to have their bodies outlined on vinyl sheets that she then cut out and suspended together with illustrations of their inner organs or skeleton. These installations also became objects for her paintings and sculptures.
We left the Kiki Kogelnik exhibition with a big smile on our faces but not before having shown you some photos of the museum itself. We then drove a couple of blocks into the industrial part of town to visit the QG museum that you find in the old slaughter house of the city.
Dad carefully studied the folder describing the exhibit but did not understand a word. I think that's because he's a bit too old and not sufficiently sensitive...
It was a beautifully arranged series of installations by a young woman artist from Lausanne, Maya Rochat, with the title Breathe Mother F****r. Why this title??
It was 6.30 p.m. when we sat down at our table at the Vidy Tennis Club restaurant close to Dad's job for a quick dinner while the rain was pouring down. We contemplated our arty afternoon and decided what we will do next week-end when the summer most probably will be back. It's my last free week-end before university starts. Stay tuned!!