Friday was the annual Museumnight in Basel. The over 20 Museums that partake reopen at 18:00 and stay open till 2:00 the next morning. There are special programs on at the different Museums and the whole city is bustling with life.
I'm glad I went, even though I kinda forgot all about it. Had thought of going, then it slipped my mind and I didn't realize until I was on my way to work on Friday.
This meant I was on my own, which was a bummer at first but okay in the end. I was able to go at my own pace and do what I wanted. Then I met someone who was also by themselves and we went to the last museum together.
Highlights were the Antikenmuseum and the Tinguely Museum, as well as a boat ride on the Rhine from the Tinguely Museum to Schifflände. Also fun were a beat boxing crash course by Claudio Rudin and an analog/digital pinball game – both at the Tinguely Museum.
I took the last train home for one day's respite before a museum's tour of a different kind…
Today I broke a record by visiting four countries in one day. Three friends and I drove from Switzerland to Liechtenstein to Austria and back. I now write this at home in Germany.
Let me just insert here how great Europe is for trips like this. Things are close together, the roads are good, and boarder crossing is not a problem.
In Vaduz, Liechtenstein we visited the Kunstmuseum. They had serval exhibitions which made for a varied collection of art and sculpture. In Bregenz, Austria it was the Kunsthaus with a typographic exhibition by Lawrence Weiner.
Why do such a thing? Why invest the time and money to look at pantings and sculptures and some writing on the wall?
For me it was part opportunity, part interest, and part enjoyment.
- Opportunity: my friend Leo organised the trip and we pretty much just tagged along. He's really into art and graphic design, especially the stuff we saw today.
- Interest: I am fascinated by people when they are passionate about something and that makes me curious. Generally I am easily interested in new and novels things, but a personal touch helps. In this case that was Leo going on this trip.
- Enjoyment: there is something about Museums I find attractive. I am glad to learn something and be given a new perspective on things. But even more so I simply enjoy the experience and procedure of it. This may sound weird and crazy to some people and that's fine. Museums aren't everyone's thing.
What follows are some pictures from the two days: