Matthias Maier | Stories | Week 21 | Basel towers appearing while approaching the city


The vernissage of my upcoming exhibition is getting closer and this week I hung up the pictures for the exhibition.

The week began with a focus on art. Since Monday was a public holiday and the weather was sunny and warm, I decided to take another day off from the office. So after my morning run and breakfast on the balcony, I hopped on my bike and cycled out to Fondation Beyeler. A new, experimental presentation of contemporary art has been taking place there since Saturday, both in the surrounding park and in the museum itself. I really liked this exhibition. On the one hand, the installations in the garden – which Cloud Chronicles repeatedly shrouds in mysterious clouds – and on the other, the combinations of different works of art to create something new. I also found Cyprien Gaillard’s 3D film Retina Rivalry very touching. All in all, a few hours to escape and with lots of emotions that only art can trigger. 

Matthias Maier | Thomas Schütte @ Fondation Beyeler
Matthias Maier | Tree in the mist
Matthias Maier | Man studying art works

Art encounters at Fondation Beyeler

Back to wet

The sunny Monday was followed by more mixed days, but somehow we have gotten used to it and even in the wet and the gray there are moments and views that are beautiful.

Matthias Maier | Wild carrot on a bench
Matthias Maier | Stories | Week 21 | Reflecting Roche towers

Basel moments

Let’s get started

On Wednesday, I brought the pictures for my exhibition “Sichtweisen”, which starts next Wednesday, to Laufen and spent the afternoon hanging them all up. The exhibition comprises 42 works that have been created over the last few years. The preparations have taken a lot of time over the last few weeks. On the one hand, a lot of planning and organization was necessary, on the other hand the implementation itself, picking up the frames, framing the pictures and so on. Wednesday was the big day when I could see if what I had envisioned would look the same in reality. I had selected the works I wanted to exhibit based on photos I had taken of the exhibition space and worked out a hanging plan. In addition, I had never before seen all the pictures together and framed in the way I had imagined. So it was a lot of imagination over a long period of time, which then turned into reality on Wednesday. After just under six hours, I was finished and was able to walk through my exhibition for the first time. That was another emotional art moment and I was satisfied. The result looks just as I had imagined! Now I’m looking forward to the opening next week.

Matthias Maier | Stories | Week 21 | Hung paintings on my exhibition in Laufen

Alpine Landscapes united together for the first time

The little pleasures of everyday life

The rest of the week, including the weekend, was then lost in the usual work and obligations that are called everyday life. Not that they are bad, but they are just days that you take with you without specifically remembering them. Nevertheless, they contain many small moments of great happiness. Meetings and conversations with dear friends, for example. Or good food that you cook for yourself and – in order to really enjoy the food – an hour of sport every day. I particularly appreciate my jogging laps, where there is always something beautiful or interesting to discover. Friday it was a three-country run through Germany, France and Switzerland. It really makes Basel a special place where you can easily do that in an hour’s run.

Matthias Maier | French architecture
Matthias Maier | French suburb
Matthias Maier | The gate into Switzerland behind french blackberry blossoms

Impressions from France

Main Image Basel towers appearing while approaching the city