Hamiltons Removals is THE place to come if you are looking for competitive removals from the UK to Switzerland, and Switzerland is a great place to be moving home to, particularly if you are a lover of art and literature. You may already know of some of the great artists and literary geniuses to hail from this part of the world, you may even have read some of their books or seen some of their great works in galleries here in the UK or abroad.
Moving to Switzerland, particularly with children, presents you with the ideal opportunity to visit some of the places that these great artists have highlighted. In this article we have put the spotlight on some of the most famous names and, in some cases, some of the museums or art galleries that you can visit to see their work at first hand.
Written by Johanna Spyri, this book and later its televised production, was set in The Swiss Alps and centres on Heidi, a young girl who is raised by her aunt after the untimely death of her parents. She is taken to live with her grandfather, a bitter and reclusive man who has no time for the other members of his village. It’s the story of how this charming young girl wins his affection and helps to mend the rift he created between himself and his neighbours. The village of Oberrofels, near Maienfeld, has since been renamed “Heididorf” (Heidi’s town) and, as you might expect, there is a small museum here which is dedicated to the book and its characters.
Swiss Family Robinson
Written by Johann David Wyss, this fictional piece has more to do with Swiss values than with Switzerland itself. A Swiss family are shipwrecked on their way to Australia. They salvage what they can from their stricken vessel, including farm animals and supplies, and begin a new life for themselves on a seemingly deserted island. It was written as an educational tale of survival, good animal husbandry, and cooperation, with lessons in natural history and the physical sciences. The book has been re-written, added to, and abridged many times over the past two centuries. It has been made into a film and serialised for television.
Paul Klee (1879–1940)
Born in Münchenbuchsee in Switzerland, his works are greatly prized and shown in some of the finest galleries in the world including the Tate in London and the Kunsthaus in Zurich. Among his most recognised works are pieces entitled "They're Biting", "Comedy", "A Young Lady's Adventure" and "The Protector". In these, and his other works, you can see the inspiration of a number of different artistic movements including expressionism, cubism, and surrealism.
Le Corbusier (1887–1965)
Born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris in the Jura Mountains of north-western Switzerland, Le Corbusier was a talented architect and designer as well as a painter and writer. He dedicated his professional life to designing and creating better living spaces within crowded cities. Starting with houses and office blocks, he then went on to redesign whole towns and cities. He was known in some circles as the first Brutalist, as he was, at least in part, responsible for the tower block revolution of the early 1950's.
Hans Rudolf Giger (1940 – 2014)
Born in Chur, Switzerland, Giger is perhaps best known for his work on the set of the smash-hit movie Alien. One of the world's best in his field, Giger's mastery of the art of Fantasy Realism has led him to create some of the most stunning imagery of its kind. So unusual is his artform that more than 20 books have been published on the subject, and a museum dedicated to his paintings, sculptures, furniture and film designs, has been opened in Chateau St. Germain, in the Swiss city of Gruyères.
Jean Tinguely (1925 – 1991)
Tinguely was a painter and sculptor best known for his kinetic art or “metamechanics”. In his productions he highlights the absurdity of overproduction in modern day society. His art-in-motion works include a sculpture that virtually destroyed itself, the remains of which can be viewed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and one entitled, “Study for an End of the World No. 2”, which actually exploded, as it was supposed to, representing the demise of our planet.
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