The second edition of Zurich Art Weekend provided some foreplay ahead of Art Basel. Alex Scrimgeour runs us through Zurich's standout shows, where he spotted painted angels, art games, vagina dentatas, and Don Quixote's horse.
A good lunch can be as hard to find as a great artwork. The gallery owner Gregor Staiger knows where to go. He recommends the best socialist breakfast, a very old restaurant, the paradessence of Swiss food and a few places to explore the very famous Badi (bathing) culture. Plus: he is also hosting a bar with the gallery's neighbours during the opening of Manifesta.
In Zürich Mathis Altmann was involved in founding a number of artist-run spaces, such as Paloma Presents and New Jersyy, whose influence spread far beyond Switzerland. From his temporary home in sunny California, and before his upcoming presentation at Paramount Ranch 3, he reminisces about studios past and shows us his cement-covered current space in Los Angeles.