Art & Eyewear in the Swiss Alps: STEIMANDLI with Götti

Standing out in the mountainous area of Andermatt in Switzerland is Steimandli: the new sculpture by Ugo Rondinone is a landmark for the region. I explore the art & breathtaking beauty with Götti Switzerland.



The trip

The pulsing region of Andermatt coupled with an iconic STEIMANDLI artwork of Ugo Rondinone caught my attention for further exploration.
The region is currently going through fascinating developments. As such it is slowly but steadily developing into an international tourism destination.
On a sunny day we made our way by from Zurich. Wearing my rimless Perspective sunglasses by Götti Switzerland & with several bottles of water, we made our way to Andermatt. The drive from Zurich is swift, passing the lakes of Zug as well as Vierwaldstädter See/ Lake Luzern, before entering the breathtaking rocky area of Andermatt. One of the entrepreneurs actively involved is Mr Samih Sawiris, who has actively invested in the region.

The nature is pristine..

The art

Ugo Rondinone`s new artwork belongs to the series Human Nature, and is built out of stone. It shall symbolise the impressive development of the Andermatt region as an international holiday destination.
Having seen the sculpture only on several pictures, I was astonished by its size. It is over 7 meters high and is placed in a roundabout before entering Andermatt.
I personally think it fits greatly the breathtaking views of the region, showing the diversity of cultures in the Urserental: combining Swiss with international cultures, old with new (norms & traditions), as well as drawing parallels of humans to the impressive & unique rocky landscape of the region.

The eyewear

A pair of sunglasses was certainly an important factor of the exploration to the Swiss Alps: Götti Switzerland`s rimless sunglasses fit perfectly the minimalistic, powerful as well as art related characteristics of the project.
The Red Dot design winning brand manufactures everything by hand, and counts art powers such as Hans Ulrich Obrist, as its ambassadors. I am wearing the rimless round Perspective glass in black which come in a beautiful packaging by artist Bruno Bischof.
Not only it fits my face impeccably, but I share the same values with the brand which are minimalistic, innovative and design oriented. Also, they are made of titanium and are super light & comfy to wear, while hand-made in Switzerland.

Ugo Rondinone

Ugo Rondinone is no stranger to the international art scene. The Swiss-born artist (Brunnen/SZ) has been developing polymorphic work (sculpture, installation, painting, photography and video) since the mid-1980s. His work is focused on human beings, their psyche and their emotions. What is more, his artworks are influenced by art history, land art, literature, theatre or music and also to popular culture. I have repeatedly shared some of his artworks around the world on my Instagram.

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How to get to Andermatt:

My tip: You can easily park your car at Gotthardstrasse close to the sculpture where there is plenty of parking space.



Trenta Optik
Augustinergasse 30
8001 Zürich

Götti Store 
Mühlenplatz 1
6004 Luzern

Take care & write to you soon.

P.S. Special thanks to Michelle & Caroline, NEUTRAL Zurich



Andy meets Christian Herdeg

Christian Herdeg (b. 1942 in Zurich, lives and works in Zurich) has spent over forty years devoted to the medium of light. As one of the first Swiss artists to have used fluorescent tubes, he is a pioneer of light art.


Whether you live in Zurich or not,  you may have come across Christian’s light art in one way or another. The light artist has devoted over forty years to the medium of light, exploring the relationship between light, color, surface, volume and space.

In the past year, I have come across several of his art works, both offline and online.

His retrospective solo exhibition at Museum Haus Konstruktiv as well as his exhibition at Galerie Lange & Pult made me further explore the work of this artist. His work Sieben Lichtkörper, 1982 (seven bodies of art), next to Zurich Paradeplatz is being seen by thousands of people on a daily basis. It was especially created for UBS.

What particularly strikes me, is minimalistic character of his work and that focuses on the essentials: Herdeg experiments with the colour spectrum within the neon tube.
I also consider fascinating how Christian is somehow an “autodidact”, starting off in photography (for many years he lived in the United States and Canada as a free photographer), he gradually shifted to experimenting with fluorescent tubes.

I present some of my favourite artworks.

Take care & write to you soon.

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Me and my team had the honour to attend the 48th edition of Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland. Art Basel is one of the most prestigious art fairs in the world and features nearly 300 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. More than 2,500 artists present their paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, video and editioned works.

As the only Swiss Art Blog represented, I present my favourite works & impressions from the exclusive Media reception.

Art Basel announced its gallery list for the 48th edition in Basel, Switzerland, taking place from June 15 to June 18, 2017. This year, 291 international galleries present works ranging from the early 20th century to contemporary artists (click here for the full list of galleries attending).

The Basel show, whose Lead Partner is UBS, presents galleries from 34 countries and six continents. UBS has been supporting the fair for more than 20 years.

I attended the media reception & preview and here are some of the vast impressions of the preview day.


Before entering the Unlimited section, Barbara Kruger’s red work Untitled (Our people are better than your people) caught my eye. While entering, Otto Piene’s huge inflatable sculpture Blue Star Linz transferred me into an under-the-sea-environment. This was just the start to the exploration of a very-well curated Unlimited Art Basel section by Gianni Jetzer:

Top 10 works which caught my attention:

  1. Imi Knoebel Konstellationen, 1975  

    Imi Knoebel Konstellationen

    Imi Knoebel Konstellationen, 1975 Galerie Bärbel Grässlin , Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder , Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac ©ANDYMEETSWARHOL

  2. Nick Cave Speak Louder, 2011 

    Nick Cave Speak Louder

    Nick Cave Speak Louder, 2011 Jack Shainman Gallery ©ANDY MEETS WARHOL

  3. Tobias Rehberger Performance of two lonely objects that have a lot in common, 2014  

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    Tobias Rehberger Performance of two lonely objects that have a lot in common, 2014 Galerie Urs Meile, neugerriemschneider

  4. Thomas Huber vis-à-vis II, 2014  

    Thomas Huber vis-à-vis II

    Thomas Huber vis-à-vis II, 2014 Skopia / P.-H. Jaccaud

  5. Julio Le Parc La Longue Marche, 1974
     Julio Le Parc La Longue Marche, 1974, Perrotin, Galeria Nara Roesler
  6. Julian Charrière + Julius von Bismarck, Objects in mirror might be closer than they appear, 2016

    Julian Charrière + Julius von Bismarck, Objects in mirror might be closer than they appear

    Julian Charrière + Julius von Bismarck, Objects in mirror might be closer than they appear, 2016, Sies + Höke, Galerie Tschudi ©ANDY MEETS WARHOL

  7. Subodh Gupta Cooking the World, 2017   

    Subodh Gupta. Cooking the World

    Installation view of ‘Subodh Gupta. Cooking the World’, 2017, Galleria Continua, Hauser & Wirth

  8. Sylvie Fleury Skylark 

    Sylvie Fleury Skylark

    Sylvie Fleury Skylark Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Karma International , Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac ©ANDY MEETS WARHOL

  9. Chris Burden Ode to Santos-Dumont

    Chris Burden Ode to Santos-Dumont

    Chris Burden, Ode to Santos-Dumont, 2015 Gagosian Gallery ©ANDY MEETS WARHOL

  10. Otto Piene Blue Star Linz, 1980 

    OTTO PIENE Blue Star Linz, 1980

    OTTO PIENE Blue Star Linz, 1980 Sprüth Magers Berlin ©ANDY MEETS WARHOL

Media reception

Remarks by:

  • Marc Spiegler, Global Director, Art Basel
  • Jürg Zeltner, President UBS Wealth Management
  • Gianni Jetzer, Curator Unlimited, Art Basel
  • Maxa Zoller, Curator Film, Art Basel
  • Samuel Leuenberger, Curator Parcours, Art Basel

Watch the video below:

The media reception was well structured, informative, yet not tiring. Particularly Maxa Zoller’s speech and inclusion of work’s by Andy Warhol in this year’s film programme was notable. Andy Warhol’s films are one of the program highlights of this year.


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Take care & write to you soon.

Pictures: Sebastian Magnani


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