just so you know, today I was dressed like a highlighter, with a leaf in its hair.
i've always done that... nothing is just a dress, or an outfit. I'm always dressed up as something. Like here I was a watermelon, and there I was a firecracker. In this one I'm dressed like a birthday celebration, and here I am dressed as a squirrel.
The whole country seemed to be talking about a Vincent van Gogh exhibit in Basel. So I decided that I would go see it. You had to buy your ticket in advance so I was a little worried that they would be booked till closing but, I got a ticket, and a train ticket, and made my little way to Basel, where I met up with Veronique to see the exhibit.
I don't know about you guys, but Van Gogh makes me weepy. To think of his life, the desperation in his work, and the pain he felt from his depression, his dependency on his brother... just so many things. And as an artist, to never be validated by having your work purchased, or appreciated, seems deadly unto itself. Especially when it is something that he so obviously had to do. When he was at the mental institute in St. Remey, he produced 75 paintings in 70 days, and we are talking some of his most famous works...
it's hard for me to see his work everywhere. Hundreds of thousands of people will see this exhibit. Millions of people have seen Starry Night. You can buy Van Gogh paint by numbers, and get one of his paintings on a Visa Card or a shopping bag. Any mug, any magnet, any mousepad, has a good chance at having a Van Gogh painting on it.
I don't know him, obviously. It might be too idealistic, I tend to be too idealistic, but I would like to think that I would have been there for him, that I could have seen his work, helped him... or at least bought something. Or better yet, help someone today in a similar situation. I wonder how many people care. I would like to think that we all do, but would his life have gone the same if we all had cared about him... How many of the people who have Van Gogh Visa cards, think of him... really think of him. I hope that he has peace in knowing how well loved he is.
that's me on a soapbox.
The KuntsMuseum was incredible! What an amazing permanent collection! New favorite museum for sure. BUT! Each of the pieces have sensors on them, so if you get too close, an alarm goes off. Well, I am always up in a paintings business, so they must have tagged Veronique and me, because it seemed like we were always being followed, because we were always setting off alarms.... what are you going to do?
Basel is an incredibly beautiful city. It was a wonderful day filled with Lackerli, and delicious tapas. We stopped by the Paper Museum before closing, and walked along the river. Then ran to catch our train.
Basel is certainly a city that I could spend some time in.
I met a very sweet man in Montreux. I was looking in windows of shops, and this one caught my eye. I knew that it was a bindery! and the door was open! So I went and asked if I could come in. This sweet man welcomed me in, and we established that I did not speak French, and that he in turn did not speak English. Luckily I was with Isabelle, Veronique's lovely sister, who translated for us.
Through Izzy we talked about types of binding, and general book making all over the world. In his opinion Americans and Latins make over the top flashy books, and French, German and Swiss make simple straight forward books. He said, "no one wants to let the book speak for itself. The book should speak for itself."
I agree. It's like a good meal. Really good fresh ingredients, minimal but excellent care, make for a really good meal. Same with a good book. Really quality materials, minimal but expert execution, make for a good book. Nothing over the top, the book can do all the talking
I was glad to have met him. If I was in Switzerland I could go apprentice with him. Wouldn't that be cool?
it might seem silly, but one of the things that I really wanted to do in Switzerland was go see the Freddie Mercury statue. Since I was a very little kid I have loved Freddie Mercury, and Queen, and the love changed to a serious admiration at the beginning of the year when I became a little obsessed and essentially did a research project about Freddie Mercury, for myself. He was truly an incredible person, so gifted, and like most great artists, kind of tormented by it.
anyway... he spent the last few years of his life in Montreux, Switzerland, and they put up a statue for him after he died. It's easy to see why he loved it so much. It's easy to see why they loved him so much.
This truly has been a summer of life changing experiences. It started with Squam and all came around with Switzerland.
have many of you been to Switzerland? What an amazing, interesting, beautiful country! and to be completely honest, I knew very little about the place before going there, but it's just incredible. I went with my dear friend and honorary god mother, Veronique. The whole thing was just such an amazing experience and the time was filled with so many occurrences, that prove there are no coincidences, just a God who loves us.
here are some of my pics. After this weekend I will be back to normal, blogging like someone who knows how to blog, as opposed to what's been happening around here lately...
so i'll be back on Monday. Have a great weekend everyone! I'm happy to be back.
I have had so many opportunities to travel this summer. We live in such a beautiful world. Tomorrow, I leave for Switzerland. This is my last real trip of the summer, and I don't know if there could be a better way to draw it to a close. The clarity that I have sought over the past 6 months, is mine.
so I will be back in about 2 weeks, and I can't wait to share my trip with you.
here is a little peek of what I have been up to...
as always, it's my hope that you are well, and that you are happy.
It might seem funny, but I have so much love for all of you tonight.