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A Mecenas from Geneva

Entrance of the Barbier-Mueller Museum. Photo:

Josef Mueller was born in 1887 in Solothurn. At 20 years of age he made his way to Paris where he met the famous art dealer, Ambroise Vollard (1866-1939). He acquired paintings by Cézanne and put together a collection with extraordinary rapidity that, as early as 1918, included seven works by Cézanne, Matisse, Renoir, Picasso, … Read more » “A Mecenas from Geneva”

The Heart of Europe

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/98-1543), Erasmus, 1523. Kunstmuseum Basel, photo Wikipedia.

The city of Basel represents and confirms at micro level the existence and identity of Switzerland. A crossing and spring of rivers to the north and to the south of Europe, roads and mountain passes that connect Italy with Germany, the United Kingdom and the Low Countries. Basel experienced the Celtic tribe of Rauraci, Romans, … Read more » “The Heart of Europe”

The Oldest Federal Multilingual State

Map of the languages in Switzerland. Photo:Tschubby

Switzerland is the second oldest federal state after the United States of America. The federal constitution of 1848 was closely modeled on that of the USA. The cantons decided to elinquish part of their sovereignty to the central authorities in 1848. Most cantons have a long history, dating back to the middle ages up to … Read more » “The Oldest Federal Multilingual State”