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Lifestyle, celebrities, entertainment and culture: Big names as well as rising stars are all under our spotlight. From the red carpet to the design world, we build bridges between Switzerland and the rest of the world.
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Tanya König
"Not a love story": an exhibition by Iouri Podladtchikov
He is known as a snowboarder, but Iouri Podladtchikov has other talents too. At "Au Premiere" in Zurich's main station, he is currently exhibiting his mostly black-and-white photography. Gallerist Christophe Guye tells us here what makes his work special.
Ana Maria Montero
From point A to point B: The storage and transportation of fine art is an art onto itself
Art Basel, the premier event of its kind in the world, attracts artists, gallery owners, dealers, and collectors looking to buy, sell, or simply enjoy the work. The logistics behind storing and transporting works of such high value is an art in and of itself. In this week's Spotlight, Simon Hornby, the president of the art logistics company Crozier, tells Ana Maria Montero what it takes to be an industry leader in the storage and transport services of fine art.
Tanya König
How to spot good art
The world's premiere contemporary art fair, Art Basel, kicked off this week. CNNMoney Switzerland's Tanya König asked galleries such as Galerie Urs Meile, Galerie EIGEN + ART, Rodeo, Catriona Jeffries, on their views on what constitutes a good piece of art.
Tanya König
How Zurich is putting itself back on the art map
With the world’s biggest art fair set to kick off soon in Basel, museums and institutions in Zurich are doing their part to attract a share of the visitors in the days ahead. We took a look at what the Zurich art scene is doing to lure in connoisseurs and collectors during Art Basel.
Martina Fuchs
"Dream Alone" is a dream come true for Swiss singer Anna Känzig
Up-and-coming 33-year-old musician Anna Känzig started playing the guitar at just age five. Today the Swiss singer is about to break through with her new single "Dream Alone", recorded at the legendary RAK studios in London. Martina Fuchs spoke to her about taking Swiss music to an international audience and the story behind her emotional new record.
Ana Maria Montero
Alvaro Soler makes the right moves onstage and online
He reached summer-hit stardom in 2015 with "El Mismo Sol," which was later covered by Jennifer Lopez. Now, three years later, his new single, "La Cintura"—with more than 40 million views on YouTube and over 30 million plays on Spotify worldwide—is poised to become yet another summer hit for the Spanish singer-songwriter. But as he explains to Ana Maria Montero in today's Spotlight segment, it's not only about keeping the beat onstage, it's also about making the right moves online.
Tanya König
The most expensive hot dog in the world
The most expensive hot dog in the world is sold by Jasmin Feierabend, founder of Happy Souls, in Switzerland. Tanya König met the women behind it and found out it's so pricey.
Ana Maria Montero
"Lipstick Leaders" portrait collection inspired by female power and success
Two years ago, artist Daniel Eisenhut embarked on a mission: to visit 100 female leaders from all over Switzerland at their place of work and draw their portraits. Done in black and white, each image received one final touch: a bit of lipstick. The portrait collection, entitled "Lipstick Leaders", will be making its debut in Zurich one week from today. Ana Maria Montero put the artist and one of his muses, Georgette Vun, under our spotlight.
Ana Maria Montero
WETA Workshop: bringing fantasy to life
What do films like "The Hobbit," "Thor: Ragnarok," "Power Rangers," and "Blade Runner 2049" have in common? The answer is the award-winning WETA Workshop, a special effects and prop company based in New Zealand. Recently, two of its crew visited Switzerland for Fantasy Basel and gave Ana Maria Montero a glimpse into their world.
Tanya König
Simon Baker on his directorial debut and Swiss connection
Australian actor Simon Baker, known for his role in the series "The Mentalist", has made his directorial debut with the film "Breath." Tanya König met the actor and director during the Zurich Film Festival and asked him about stepping out as a director and being a brand ambassador for Swiss watchmaker Longines.
Martina Fuchs
Swiss-Tibetan brewer predicts craft beer revolution
Swiss-Tibetan entrepreneur Sonny Gyalzur runs Shangri-La Beer, China’s largest independent brewery. The local beverage is brewed high on the Tibetan Himalayan plateau at 3,300 meters above sea level. Gyalzur is convinced that China is about to witness a craft beer revolution, but he tells Martina Fuchs that his brewery’s mission has a social side as well.
Tanya König
Extreme fashion in Zurich
In "Fashion Drive," a new exhibition at Kunsthaus Zurich, you'll find everything from 16th century codpieces to haute couture to today's street wear. It features extreme fashion in painting, in armor, and in film installations and shows just how much fashion has to do with power representation. Tanya König spoke to Cathérine Hug, the co-curator of the exhibit.
Tanya König
Keith Tyson: Art beyond ego
The British artist Keith Tyson is exhibiting in Switzerland for the sixth time, but it's the first time he's showing his work at the acclaimed gallery Hauser & Wirth. In a sit-down interview with CNNMoney Switzerland, he reflects on his childhood, technology, and on his latest work.
Tanya König
The legend of Faust told through modern ballet
The legend of Faust is one of the most celebrated stories in literature. The Zurich Opera will debut a ballet interpretation of the story choreographed by the renowned Edward Clug. In this exclusive peek at the production, CNNMoney Switzerland’s Tanya König and Valentina Winkler set out to learn about the challenges of telling a classic tale through narrative dance.
Martina Fuchs
The enduring appeal of Swiss heavy metal band Gotthard
After celebrating its 25th anniversary and releasing the studio album "Silver" last year, iconic Swiss heavy metal band Gotthard has embarked on its "Defrosted" tour across Europe. The group behind the 2002 hit "One Life, One Soul" has seen many ups and downs over the years. Co-founder and guitarist Leo Leoni spoke to Martina Fuchs about the thriving heavy metal scene in Switzerland, his band’s international success, and the tragic death of lead singer Steve Lee in 2010.
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