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An Art-to-Art Journey Through Switzerland

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Bob Preston of Swiss Panache has created an itinerary that provides a fascinating introduction to two aspects of Switzerland. Its famous artists, and art collections, as well as the precise craftsmanship that makes Swiss watches and clocks coveted around the world. Writer Gretchen Kelly looks at some of the stops on Bob's itinerary.
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2533 Evilard, Switzerland
Charles-Edouard Jenneret, better known as Le Corbusier, was born at La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1887. In 1912, at age 25, the architect built La Maison Blanche for his parents who lived there until 1919. The building was restored in the early 2000s and...
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Pilatusstrasse 10, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland
"We don't have a collection, we just have nice pictures," art dealer and collector Siegfried Rosengart was found of telling people. Rosengart's "nice pictures" include 60 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings and 32 oils and 50 drawings...
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Route de Bâle 63, 2800 Delémont, Switzerland
You may not think of Swiss Army knives as art, but you might after spending time with all the parts and pieces that go into each one at the Wenger Factory. There have long been two official Swiss Army knife brands: Victorinox and Wenger. Those two...
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Rue des Musées 29, 2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Over 4,000 timepieces from many different eras are on display at this museum, which even includes some larger than life outdoor sculptures/clocks in the adjacent park. The collection was begun around 1902 and to say it's comprehensive is an...
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Grossmünsterplatz, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
The Grössmunster is one of Zurich's famous four historic churches, and easily its most recognizable with its twin towers a distinguishing feature of the city skyline. (They haven't, however, been universally loved. Richard Wagner famously compared...