Tidying up art – swissinfo

Comedian makes fun of art and the Swiss obsession with order – Ursus Wehrli is a successful comedian. With his stage partner he forms the duo Ursus & Nadeschkin, who often appear on TV and on Swiss and German stages. Wehrli has also made a name for himself with his humorous art and photo books. (TSR/swissinfo.ch)
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Mummenschanz – swissinfo

Mummenschanz are known all over the world. Their legendary shows bring simple materials to life, such as cardboard sheets , tubes and fabrics, turning them into human-like characters. Now the Swiss pantomime troupe are working on their next tour in 2012 to celebrate their 40th anniversary. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Louise Bourgeois – swissinfo

French-American artist Louise Bourgeois died last year. She would have been 100 in December. The Fondation Beyeler in Riehen, Basel had already started preparing an exhibition, together with her studio in New York, to mark her birthday. The show highlights the special relationship she had with other major artists, like Fernand Léger, Francis Bacon, and Alberto Giacometti. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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A dictator’s fall – swissinfo

“Amnesia” is a play by the famous Tunisian theater and film director Fadhel Jaïbi. The story, co-authored by his partner, actress Jalila Baccar, describes in an almost prophetic way the fall of former Tunisian president Ben Ali. The play was shown at the Zürcher Theater Spektakel. (Raffaella Rossello, swissinfo.ch/SF)
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Art from waste – swissinfo

In 2004 he caused Switzerland’s biggest art scandal. This year Thomas Hirschhorn is one of the country’s official representatives at the Venice Biennale international art exhibition. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Michelangelo’s terminator – swissinfo

Michelangelo destroyed many of his drawings and sketches later in life, thinking that only the perfect ones should survive him. This is partly the reason why the attribution of his work is quite controversial. Art historians believe there are about 600 drawings by Michelangelo. Swiss professor Alexander Perrig says only about 100 are authentic. (SF Kulturplatz/swissinfo.ch)
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