Peter Bichsel is staying at home, cooking extensively and reading classics

, (1494Pantagruel`s Essen, aus `Pantagruel`, François Rabelais-1553), Illustration von Paul Jonnard-Pac; Poking fun at George III, James Gillray 28 July 1792 © Historic Royal Palaces

Manfred Papst: How are you spending your days – now that you no longer write at all?
Peter Bichsel: I don’t need a lot to happen. I like the boredom. I have no difficulty with it. I am good at sitting there and doing nothing and feeling glad that I am alive. I live alone here in the house, get up early in the morning and immediately start cooking, rather elaborately, a whole meal. Then I eat and lie down again.

Freely translated from NNZ am Sonntag, 29 March 2020

With our new ‘Culinarium’ Ganz Landscape Architects celebrate dedication and passion for daily life, or in other words, as expressed by Carlo Scarpa: “Man muss auch ‘Gourmet’ sein, wenn man ein guter Architekt sein will” [To be a good architect you also have to be a gourmet].



feasibility study for ‘Florina’

Our work with landscapes also frequently leads us to assignments with a historical context. Through the physical experience of walking the location, we explore the site with its spatial qualities, its vegetation and materiality. We go to archives and look for old plans and documents. The knowledge gained is then put together in texts, plans and pictures, and from this we develop a design concept for the work.

A few days ago, we had the privilege of presenting a client with a feasibility study for ‘Florina’, an architectural ensemble of historic buildings on Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee). As structural changes are planned, Ganz Landscape Architects was engaged for this delicate task. First, we gained an overview of the history of Florina, focusing on the design language, the structural materialization and the use of plants. From this we derived appropriate development suggestions for the future handling of the Florina ensemble and its gardens.


Leichtigkeit und Schwere – Lightness and Heaviness – Sculptures, models, drawings, and plans

Studio Exhibition Jürg Altherr

As the Jürg Altherr studio exhibition held last October has received a great deal of interest, the rooms at the Schlieren gasworks site are being reopened to the art-loving public. The exhibition is well worth seeing. Showing Altherr's habitat and laboratory, it gives visitors a another look at the stage and place of collection and smorgasbord of things.

AZB Arbeitsgemeinschaft Zürcher Bildhauer [The working group of Zurich's sculptors (AZB)]
Turmstrasse 5
8952 Schlieren

Saturday, 29 February, 12 7 p.m.
Sunday, 1 March, 12 – 5 p.m.


Olafur Eliasson: Symbiotic seeing

Olafur Eliasson at the Kunsthaus Zurich, January 2020

Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson (b. 1967) is one of the most important artists working today. The Kunsthaus Zurich is now presenting a large solo exhibition, for which Eliasson has developed new works. At the centre is a large installation that touches upon an important subject in our time: the relationship and interplay between human beings and the other life-forms and species on Earth.

Eliasson’s works are often evocative of scientific configurations and deal with physical phenomena of nature, such as light, water, movement and reflection. The artist is interested in perception itself and invites us to view the world and ourselves with fresh eyes, to sense and smell and probe things anew and thus in a new way. For Eliasson, art must also be socially relevant. Themes and concerns such as climate change, migration and the handling of our planet’s resources play a central role in his work. The exhibition has been created exclusively for viewing at the Kunsthaus Zurich.

17 January – 22 March 2020
Curator: Mirjam Varadinis

Kunsthaus Zurich
Heimplatz 1
8001 Zurich

Tues, Fri–Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wed, Thurs 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.