Lorenzo & his humble friends

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool

Tag: basel

Atomised individuals

Last year, Arianna and I went to the Fondation Beyeler in Basel. We saw an exhibition on Picasso’s rose and blue periods. We were planning to return this year for the exhibition on Edward Hopper. Our plans have had to adjust to a global pandemic, but we may still be able to pay a visit: the exhibition just re-opened and, unless things change, we could travel to Switzerland starting from early June.

In the meantime, Edward Hopper paintings have assumed a brand new meaning. As a recent article put it, we are all Edward Hopper paintings now. In his depictions of modern American life you may see very different things: sad loneliness, contented solitude, longing, hope, despair, isolation, meditation… The way you look at those images may tell something about your own experience with the lock-down.

Challenge #3: resurrection

Yet one another ridiculous challenge. Ten days ago I bought a little plant of basel which, of course, I was expected to water regularly. As I never did, Mindo is now saying that the plant is doomed to die painfully. I want to prove him wrong: from today I will start taking good care of her and I am sure she will get back to life. I bet in ten days she will have more leaves than she has now.

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