Art on Ice 2013 – Leona Lewis, 2Cellos (video) and Breathtaking Ice Skating

Leona Lewis, Art On Ice 2013

Leona Lewis

The premiere of Art on Ice 2013 opened on Thursday night in Zurich at the Hallenstadion in Oerlikon and the show was truly captivating. The headline act was Leona Lewis who was singing her greatest hits as the ice figure skaters danced and performed on the ice rink in front of the stage.

Art On Ice 2013

Having never been before I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect but I was enthralled by the beauty, skill and talent of the ice figure skaters.  It’s not surprising that the performances were so good, as the performers at Art On Ice all belong to the top echelons of the skating world and between them share a raft of World Championship and European medals.

Leona Lewis Art On Ice 2013

Leona Lewis

Florent Amodio performed impressive gravity defying moves on the ice.

Florent Amodio, Art On Ice 2013

Florent Amodio

The elegance and grace as the skaters waltzed across the ice to differing music from Leona Lewis, Seven, the 2Cellos year (who last year accompanied Elton John on his tour) was amazing and gave the performances variety and made them simply stunning to observe. Stephane Lambiel not only gave an amazing skating performance but also sang with Larissa Evans a special number entitled “Live Your Fantasy”.

Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte Art on Ice 2013

Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte

Adelina Sotnikova, Art On Ice Zurich 2013

Adelina Sotnikova

Sarah Meier looked totally at home at Art On Ice, having been a regular performer here for a number of years.

Sarah Meier Art On Ice 2013

Sarah Meier

The Singer Seven (Jan Dettwyler) performed opening songs together with Mummenchanz, the mime group or “magicians of silence” who perform on stage as two giant hands.

Seven and Mummenschanz Art On Ice 2013

Seven and Mummenschanz Art On Ice 2013

Florent Amadio and Maxim Trankov at Art On Ice 2013

Florent Amadio and Maxim Trankov

Later at the “after party” the performances continued, though this time the ice skating champions took a back seat and enjoyed a well deserved rest as some of the singers including Seven and the Two Cellos gave energetic and lively performances till the early hours.

Anna Cappellini, Lucas Lanotte & Shizuka Arakawa

Anna Cappellini, Lucas Lanotte & Shizuka Arakawa

Tatyana Volosozhar

Tatyana Volosozhar

Having played on stage, the 2Cellos, Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser went on to entertain a very enthusiastic audience at the After Show Party with their energetic interpretation of popular chart songs with their cellos.   Here is a video of the 2Cellos performing at the After Party and them performing a snippet of an AC DC number.

The 2Cellos at Art On Ice

The 2Cellos

Here is a video of Seven performing at the After Party

The two founders of Art on Ice in Zurich, Reto Caviezel and Oliver Hoerner and the Head of Marketing, Marc Lindegger, should take pride in an amazing show and the fact that Art on Ice Zurich is now sold out.  If you plan on going next year you can already reserve tickets for Art On Ice Zurich 2014.

To see the official Art On Ice 2013 Official Trailer click here.

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Free tickets to see John Thade in Concert & The Visitors Exhibition by Ragnar Kjartansson

Up for grabs! We have 5 x 2 sets of tickets for the concerts by the tenor John Thade to give away. Please show your interest by “liking” our Facebook page or if you are already a Facebook fan simply comment on our Facebook page or send us an email to newinzurich@gmail.com before the 8th February with your name and email address and you will be entered in the draw.
John Thade Concert

Following his Swiss premiere in November 2012 which was completley sold out, tenor John Thade is now back in Zurich for two concerts. The first takes place on the 9th February and the second on 9th March 2013 at the Jecklin Forum in Rämistrasse 30, 8001 Zurich. Both concerts start at 4pm , with the doors opening at 3.30pm. The musical repertoire of this American born singer who grew up in St.Gallen but now lives in Zurich, ranges from Viennese operettas to classic Broadway songs and he projects a great on stage presence as he intermixes his music with entertaining anecdotes. For more information please go to the John Thade website or the Jecklin website.

If this isn’t your cup of tea and you’re looking for something quirky and different why not pop along to the Migros Museum in Zurich and check out a “VideoInstallation” exhibition by the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson called “The Visitors”?

Ragnar Kjartansson The Visitors
Set in a mansion in upstate Manhattan it depicts the artist, his friends, and residents performing a “feminine nihilistic gospel song” with various musical instruments being played in different rooms. “The Visitors” is an act of homage to friendship—and also, to the Swedish pop band ABBA. If you’re interested you need to be quick as it finishes on Sunday 27th January. For more information go to the website.
Photos: © John Thade and  © Ragnar Kjartansson

Art and Culture in Zurich – the Kunsthaus, Helmhaus, AB Gallery and more…

The Kunsthaus

Everyone knows that the Kunsthaus in Zurich houses a fabulous art collection. At the moment current exhibitions include Paul Gaugin “The Prints”, which has been extended to 27th January, so you still have an opportunity to view it if you haven’t already. There is also an exhibition of work by Ferdinand Hodler, a Swiss painter from the late19th early 20th Century, which has just opened and will continue till 17th March. “Giacometti, The Donations” exhibition is also on until 17th February. The Kunsthaus is currently undergoing an extension designed by David Chipperfield Architects, which is due to be completed in 2017, allowing it the space to exhibit lots more work.

Giacometti The Donations at the Kunsthaus Zurich

Entry to the Kunsthaus is CHF 18 for adults and CHF 12 for concessions but it’s good to note that under 16s are admitted free of charge and as we’ve mentioned previously, there is free entry for everyone on Wednesdays. The Kunsthaus is open Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday from 10am to 6 pm and Wednesday to Friday 10 am–8 pm. It is closed on Mondays.

The Helmhaus Museum

The Helmhaus Museum in Zurich shows a lot of contemporary art, usually by Swiss artists. The current exhibition is entitled “Nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel” (After the game is before the game) and runs till the 27th January featuring work from the following artists: Anna Maria Bauer, Frank Bischof, Gabi Deutsch, Mark Divo, Cris Faria, Stella Glitter, Florence Jung, Björn Magnusson, Asia Andrzejka Naveen, PARK (Clarissa Herbst, Mario Marchisella, Dominique Rust, Michael Wolf), David Siepert. Entrance is free and the exhibition is open 10am – 6pm Tuesday to Sunday with late Thursdays till 8pm. Closed on Mondays. For more information.

Shahriar Ahmadi at the AB Gallery 6th February – 16th March

A selection of paintings by the Iranian artist Shahriar Ahmadi will be showcased at an exhibition at the AB Gallery in Zurich from the 6th February to 16th March. Ahmadi’s works often feature bold vibrant colours and are inspired by his Persian and historical heritage.  Works from his latest collection Kiss will be on display at the exhibition.

A work by Shahriar Ahmadi

The Kiss Exhibition by Shahriar Ahmadi at the AB Gallery in Klausstrasse 23, 8008 Zurich is open Wednesday to Friday from 12 noon – 6 pm and by appointment. For more information view the website.

You are invited to an Apero on Friday 6th from 5.30 – 8pm to view the collection.

Painting by Shahriar Ahmadi

Joanne Finnegan Mountain Paintings 2nd February – 30th March

Don’t forget, NewInZurich friend, Joanne Finnegan, will be exhibiting her paintings of Swiss Mountains at the American Women’s Club in Schoentalstrasse 8 in Zurich from  February 2nd to March 30th. She will be having a Vernissage on February 2nd from 6:30 to 9pm. For more information.

Joanne Finnegan mountain paintings Photos: Kunsthaus, Shahriar Ahmadi AB Gallery, Joanne Finnegan

What’s on in Zurich this Weekend and events coming up …

An exciting weekend in and around Zurich! Not only is the city looking so pretty bathed in a blanket of snow, but the mountains have lots of fresh powder and it looks like there may be more on the way. Check this page and scroll down to “Skiing” for some nearby ski-resort suggestions and ski reports and do read our visit to Atzmaennig. We’ve also got a short photo report on Flumserberg. Do check our Winter information sheet which we prepared earlier in the Season with some tips for your ski trip and dealing with the snow.

But if you’re staying in Zurich on Saturday afternoon why not “Say Something Nice”?

Etwas nettes sagen, say something nice

This is an initiative born of some volunteers from the Hub in the Viadukt in Zurich and which started in New York organised by the Guggenheim Museum together with “Improv Everywhere”. In German it’s called “etwas nettes sagen” and it starts at 2pm in the Lindenhof in the centre of Zurich there will be a megaphone set up and you can pop by and say something nice for the whole of Zurich to hear!

Etwas nettes sagen, say something nice

Read more information about Say Something Nice here

And there are some great the events in town this week:

Tango Fire

Tango Fire Zurich

Tango Fire, an exciting Latin dancing group from Buenos Aires in Argentina opened its doors at the Maag Halle this week and the shows continue until the 27th January. A full-on vibrant and colourful show, it features 10 talented dancers, 5 of whom are Tango World Champions. It should be an amazing evening explaining the history of the tango accompanied by live music.  For more information.

The Original Cuban Circus

The Original Cuban Circus

Another exciting event coming up is the Original Cuban Circus performing live at the Volkshaus from the 24th to the 27th January. Featuring unicycles, clowns, acrobats, dancers, fire-eaters and lots more it’s sure to be a treat for the whole family. Tickets available here. 

Zurich Tanzt 2013 online registration closes on 20th January for auditions for the play “The Show Must Go On” by Jérôme Bel at Schiffbau. Auditions take place at Club Plaza on 27th January. The organisers are looking for 26 diverse people from the Zurich Area, who want to dance on stage for the opening piece. If you’re interested, you can register here up until 20th January.

Mercedes Benz CSI Golden Moments

Mercedes Benz CSI Golden Moments

This equestrian event is bound to be of interest to horse lovers and takes place at the Messe in Oerlikon from the 25th to the 27th January. For more information please read our previous post.

Pure Beauty Spa Opening Party

Our friends at Pure Beauty Spa are celebrating the opening of their new salon in Zollikerstrasse 82 in Seefeld, Zurich with an opening party on Thursday 31st January at 6pm . Lots of special offers and treats and an opportunity to see what is on offer. For more information. 

pure beauty spa zurich

Hallenbad City

Fancy a swim? Did you know that after being closed for renovations for two and a half years the Hallenbad City in Sihlstrasse 71 reopens this Saturday 19th January from 6am – 10pm.

Hallenbad City Zurich

T I P E Publishing Event 26th January

The independent publishing event for aspiring writers is taking place at the Volkshaus in Zurich from 9am – 1.30pm on Saturday 26th January. For more information read here.

Book Club at Orell Fuessli 

Book Club Event at Orell Fussli

Kazuo Ishiguro’s book “Never Let Me Go” will be discussed at the book club taking place at Orell Füssli at 8.30pm on 31st January at The Bookshop, Bahnhofstrasse 70, Zurich. This is a free event and will be moderated by Jill Prewett, author of “Beyond Closed Doors” and “Raw Material”.

Joanne Finnegan’s Mountain Paintings at the AWC

Joanne Finnegan is exhibiting her paintings at the  American Women’s Club Zurich on February 2nd to March 30th. Join her at the Vernissage on February 2nd from 6:30 to 9pm. www.joannefinnegan.com

Joanne Finnegan

Whatever you do, have a great weekend and a fabulous week ahead!

Photos: Joanne Finnegan, Stadt Zurich, Orell Fuessli, Mercedes CSI, Improv Everywhere, Tango Fire and The Original Cuban Circus.

Things to Do in Zurich This Weekend and What’s Coming Soon

The Event and Wedding Fair in Oerlikon

The Event and Wedding Fair takes place at the Messe in Oerlikon on 12th and 13th January from 10am – 6pm each day.  It’s not just aimed at those who are getting married. Whether you’re planning a wedding, a party or an event, or simply want to get some inspiration there is plenty of food for thought.  For more information check out our previous post.

Wedding Fair at the Messe in Oerlikon

The Meiyintang Collection of Cinese Ceramics at the Rietberg Museum

After the six-month rebuilding programme, the Museum Rietberg reopens its Chinese collection with the presentation of more than 600 objects from the world-famous Meiyintang Collection of Chinese ceramics in the splendid, freshly refurbished galleries. Among other treasures, the collection includes eggshell-thin cups from the Neolithic period, colour-glazed horses and magnificent vessels from the Tang dynasty, as well as exquisite bowls with transparent glaze from the Song period. The exhibition opened on 11th January.  For more information.

Meiyintang Chinese Ceramics at Museum Rietberg

Chavin Exhibition at the Rietberg Museum

Also at at the Rietberg the Chavin Exhibition  explores Peru’s mysterious temples in the Andes and runs till the 10th March.  Click here for a video sampler and more information on the exhibition.

Chavin Exhibition Zurich

Paul Gaugin at the Kunsthaus

“The Prints” exhibition showing work by Paul Gaugin is on at the Kunsthaus till 20th January. Click here to read our previous post.

Skiing

The forecast looks ok for a good weekend skiing but do check out our Practical Info page to  see the latest on al the nearest ski resorts to Zurich and check the webcams before you set off too!

Skiing in Flumserberg

COMING SOON:

The Mercedes-CSI horse show “Golden Moments” 25th – 27th January

Mercedes Benz CSI Golden Moments

This is an equestrian show with a difference and it also features the CSI “expo” or exhibition, with lots of attractions for the whole family. If you’re interested in learning more about the type of entertainment on offer check out this video. Tickets start at CHF 68 – so for the horse lovers amongst you, do take a look here.

British artist Joanne Finnegan’s First Major Solo Exhibition

Joanne Finnegan has her first major solo exhibition at the American Women’s Club Zurich on February 2nd to March 30th. Joanne’s paintings highlight the beauty of the Swiss Alps through vibrant, strong colours and on February 2nd she has the opening Vernissage from 6:30 to 9pm. www.joannefinnegan.com

Joanne Finnegan paintingsOrel Fussli’s Book Club Event in English – Kazuo Ishiguro “Never Let Me Go”

Join a discussion about this highly praised novel. From the acclaimed author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, a moving novel that subtly re-imagines our world and time in a haunting story of friendship and love . Moderation by Jill Prewett (of Nuance Words, columnist and author of “Behind Closed Doors” and “Raw Material”). This free event will take place at Orell Füssli at 8.30pm on 31st January at The Bookshop, Bahnhofstrasse 70, 8001 Zürich. There is also a free Greek Olive Oil and delicatessen tasting event in the Cooking Department at another Orell Fuessli shop in Kramhof on Saturday 12th, 19th and 26th from 10am – 6pm. For more information.

Book Club Event at Orell Fussli

Chagall, Modern Masters at the Kunsthaus

Also showing is “Chagall, Modern Master” which runs from 8th February – 12th May at the Kunsthaus Zürich. it features some 90 paintings by Marc Chagall (1887–1985), one of the best known and most popular artists of the 20th century. His images of Russian village life, floating figures, flying cows and roosters are world-famous.The exhibition focuses on the period 1911 to 1922 – a formative era in Chagall’s artistic career. It covers his sojourn in Paris before the First World War, his trip to Berlin and his exhibition there in 1914 at the Galerie Der Sturm, as well as the period spent in his native Russia. In addition to normal opening hours, the Chagall exhibition is also open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Marc Chagall Exhibition at the Kunsthaus

For more information check here.

Cinema

And if you just fancy taking it easy and watching a good film at the cinema, check here to see what films are running.

Photo credits: Event and Wedding Fair, Zurich Kunsthaus, Museum Rietberg, CSI Mercedes, Joane Finnegan, NewInZurich

Visit to Photo13 at the Maag Halle in Zurich


Maag Halle, Zurich

There are two more days left to visit Photo13 in Zurich so if you haven’t been already, there’s still time this Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th January from 11am – 8pm.

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As well as viewing some amazing photography there are also inspirational lectures available to attend given by world renowned photographers such as Steve McCurry, who took the iconic photograph of the “Afghan Girl” with the beautiful green eyes, which featured on the cover of the National Geographic magazine back in 1985 and has since become world famous. Steve McCurry will be speaking on Tuesday at 8pm after the exhibition has closed and is sure to be an enthralling speaker.

Morgan Schmid, Photographer at Photo13

Photo13

We went on Friday and not only had the chance to see some sensational photography by Swiss photographers exhibiting at Photo13 such as Morgan Schmid, Oliver Look, Nicholas Zanvi and many more, but also to talk to them about the techniques they used to create their photos and what inspires them.

 

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Maag Halle, Zurich

Entrance to the exhibition is CHF 15 and the lectures cost extra. For tickets click here and for more information on the event itself go to this page. The picture below is of Albert Watson who took the world famous photo of Steve Jobs, giving a talk to a packed lecture hall on Friday evening.

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Photo13 in Zurich from 4th – 8th January

If you love photography don’t miss Photo13 at the Maag Halle in Zurich organised by photoForum.  The exhibition is on from 4th to 8th January from 11am  – 8pm each day and features some superb Swiss photography.

photo13 Zurich

As well as viewing some amazing photography there are also inspirational lectures available to attend given by world renowned photographers such as Albert Watson, who took the world-famous portrait of Steve Jobs.  Entrance to the exhibition is CHF 15 and the lectures cost extra. For tickets click here and for more information on the event itself go to this page. It’s sure to be a feast for the eyes!

photo13 Zurich

Museum fur Gestaltung – “The Magic of Things” – Magie Der Dinge

Museum der Gestaltung Exhibition the magic of things

“The Magic of Things” explores a by-and-large obsolete advertising strategy in the area of the product poster: banal, everyday objects – butter, a sewing machine or shoes – are presented as desirable objects that entice us to buy them. Free from any further context, in the poster they acquire a sensual presence and magic aura. The product poster had its heyday in Switzerland in the 1940s with designers such as Niklaus Stoecklin, Peter Birkhäuser or Otto Baumberger. But soon the isolated focus on the product was no longer enough – the feelings associated with the objects grew increasingly important in advertising. Today the magical depiction of things is experiencing a kind of renaissance: the culture poster presents familiar objects detached from their context and reveals their special aesthetic. In addition to the posters the exhibition presents photographs and advertising films from the epoch of the product poster. They reveal different approaches to advertising products, some of them parallel and some very different.

The exhibition runs Tuesday – Sunday from 10am – 5pm, Wednesdays till 8pm at the Museum fuer Gestaltung until the 6th January. On Sunday 23rd December at 11am there will be a guided tour by the artist Gabriela Disler of this exhibition in German.

Museum fur Gestaltung, Magie der Dinge

Are you going to “Heiliger Bimbam” Christmas Market and Night Shopping 7th – 9th December?

Heiliger Bimbam in Zurich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fancy doing your Christmas Shopping somewhere different? Why not try the Heiliger Bimbam Market?  From the 7th – 9th December it will be at the Plaza with an array of local designer stalls, changing daily, and there will also be night shopping in districts 3 and 4 with concerts, exhibitions, readings and tastings and plenty of Gluhwein on offer.

Opening Friday7th from 5pm – 10pm,  Saturday 8th from 1pm – 9pm and Sunday 9th from 1pm – 7pm. At the Plaza and in Districts 3 and 4

There will also be another Heiliger Bimbam event on 21st – 23rd December at the MAAG Halle and in District 5. For more information (in German). For the NewInZurich Guide to Christmas Markets.

The Plaza Zurich
Photo Credit: Heiliger Bimbam

Book Signing with JJ Marsh and Sunday Shopping in Zurich

 

 

 

 

 

 

The British author JJ Marsh (also known as Jill Prewett) was one of the three female entrepreneurs delivering an inspirational talk at the Powerhouse Event in Zurich on Tuesday and on Sunday 2nd December she will be at Orell Fuessli between 4pm and 5.30pm signing copies of her latest novel “Raw Material”, a crime thriller, which is set all over the UK from deserted Pembrokeshire beaches, through to the shadowy underpasses of North London and in to the remote Irish countryside. Jill’s first novel, “Behind Closed Doors”, based in Zurich, was the first novel in this detective series and both books would make ideal Christmas Presents.

Why not pop over to Orell Fuessli this Sunday to meet the author in person and to pick up a signed copy – and how about some Christmas shopping at the same time?  Don’t forget this Sunday is one of the Special Shopping Sundays in Zurich where the shops will be open from 11am – for more information on Sunday Shopping click here.

*** Prize Draw **** We have a signed copy of each book up for grabs – the draw will take place on Sunday 8th December – simply show your support for our Facebook page or post to enter.

Photo: courtesy of Orell Fuessli