eurotripping: basel, zurich, lucerne, st. gallen.
My first stop in Switzerland was the city of Basel, where I stayed for a couple of nights. Although I missed out on Art Basel, I still got to see some cool art at the Kunstmuseum Basel and the Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Museum for Contemporary Art). Both are definitely worth visiting and it’s great that the ticket for the Kunstmuseum Basel also allows you to get into the contemporary art museum. I was so stoked on seeing Bruce Nauman’s “Sex and Death by Murder and Suicide" in person; I’m a huge fan of Nauman’s works that use neon light.
After Basel, I trained it to Zurich, which became my home base for the next handful of nights. I saw some more art, did some more sightseeing, and walked a lot around the city and the lake. It just so happens that I was in Zurich while the city’s biggest festival, Züri Fäscht, was happening. This festival happens every three years, so obviously I had to partake in the festivities. There was live music, a lot of food trucks, and an amazing fireworks show.
Whilst in Zurich, I also did a couple of day trips to some surrounding cities. I got to visit Lucerne, which was really beautiful, and St. Gallen. I had never heard of St. Gallen before, but I knew I had to make a trip there because the Dan Flavin “Lights” exhibition was at the Kunstmuseum there. Not all of the works that were at the mumok in Vienna were there, but there was enough to satisfy me.
Next up: France for the third time during this trip!