Tango with guidelines, art for reflection

NEUE FRICKTALER ZEITUNG (Newspaper of Frick valley, Switzerland) (excerpt)

…Bettina Costa, on the other hand, addresses her longing for her native country Argentina through tango. With the help of stencils, she sets a «Vereda del Tango – Km 11255» on the floor of the Kurbrunnenanlage. The street-art work on the forecourt represents the eight basic tango steps. The original «Vereda» (sidewalk) with the kilometer zero is located in front of a renowned dance school in Buenos Aires. Accompanied by tango music, the usable work animated the first couples to dance the night away on Friday evening…

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Art at the Hotel Euler

The Hotel Euler fulfills its philosophy of “customs, cuisine and culture”, amongst others, with temporary exhibitions of local and supra-regional known artists. The artworks, which are presented in the hotel’s “Art Passage”, enrich the elegant interior design of the Euler. So, your discovery journey of the cultural city Basel starts right at our hotel.



In collaboration with the curator Dr. Nadja Borer we present selected pieces from the recently created “Tango Series” of Bettina Costa from 2nd September 2016 till end of January 2017.

The exhibition includes poethic, pastel coloured acrylic paintings, as well as colourful, street art influenced collages. Main subject are tightly nestled bodies of Tango dancing couples. With her very own technique the artist succeeds in showing motion, passion and music in her works. They are like an invitation to Argentina to experience the magic of dancing Tango.


Bettina Costa was born 1965 in Rosario (Argentina). Since 2001 she lives in Switzerland.

Her journey as an artist started with a realistic style. Understanding that a picture has not exactly to look like the reality it illustrates, gave her wings for the world of abstraction. The topic “Tango”, which is the common theme in all of her current works, is inspired by the longing for her country of birth Argentina, the place of origin of this passionated dance.

She had to learn to love the tango

by Hans Christof Wagner — az Aargauer Zeitung (Leading regional newspaper of the Canton of Aargau, Switzerland)

Last updated 29.5.2016 at 5:41 p.m.

  • Bettina Costa (left) is pleased to be kicking off the new cultural initiative presented by city councillor Béa Bieber
  • Bettina Costa has brought together works in a wide variety of sizes and shapes for the exhibition
  • At the vernissage of the exhibition on Friday evening, city councilor Béa Bieber presented the city's new cultural initiative
  • Lia Jeker and Ozgur El turquito Demir showed a lot of passion while dancing
  • Many of Bettina Costa's works use the collage technique

© Hans Christof Wagner

She always thought that the dance from her homeland Argentina was something for old people. In the meantime, the artist from Rheinfelden has dedicated an exhibition to the tango.

She was born in Rosario/Argentina in 1965. However tango never played a role in her family. She remembers: «Whenever tango came on TV, we found it boring and even switched off.» But after having left her home country, the popular folk dance, closely associated with Argentina as the gauchos, the pampa and the beef steak, took a new dimension for her.
The melancholy of the tango’s lyrics and music reflects the pain of a generation that emigrated to Argentina at the beginning of the 20th century when they left their European homeland. «That’s when I realised that I am also an immigrant», says Bettina Costa, who lives in Switzerland since 15 years and since ten in Rheinfelden.
So he approached the subject artistically, as befits his profession, finding pleasure in the process. During three creative years (from 2014 to 2016), entire series have been created, which were exhibited in the Kurbrunnenanlage until yesterday Sunday.

Three creative years

The first cycle from 2014 are mainly abstract, style to which she had previously devoted herself most closely. Here, the bodies of the dancers are only dimly discernible and two-dimensional. But the range of the exhibition was immense: from miniature representations on corrugated cardboard to large-format works in acrylic with different focuses, colours and perspectives.

Charming: the sepia of the old tango guides in contrast to the colourful figures from magazines and fashion catalogues pasted on them, which made them appear even more trendy and fresh. Perhaps nothing could make Bettina Costa’s change of heart more obvious: «For me, tango today has nothing to do with old people, today it is fashion, youth and identity.»

New initiative of the city

The tango exhibition in the Kurbrunnenanlage was the prelude of a new municipal initiative: «Art meets music», initiated by Michelle Geser. «We would like to create a new medium, on a smaller scale, within the culture night», said city councillor Béa Bieber at the opening. And: «If it goes well, we’d like to do carry out two or three exhibitions a year.»

Art meets music – this was already the programme for Bettina Costa’s exhibition: in addition to the artistic examination of tango, there was also tango to hear and see: to original sounds from Argentina, the professionals Lia Jeker and Ozgur El turquito Demir showed that dance has nothing to do with old people.

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“Open studios” open their doors

NEUE FRICKTALER ZEITUNG (Newspaper of Frick valley, Switzerland)
Text: Nadine Freiermuth

Visit to studios of extravagant nature (excerpt)

That there is still a lot to see, was clear the past weekend.
For example, the artists Bettina Costa, Michaela Wehrlin-Bieli and Roy-Andres Hofer invited on Friday evening the public to a visit of extravagant nature: in their PILE UP studios at the Habich-Dietschy-Strasse in Rheinfelden, they showed their art in a mix of gallery, party and living environment and the initially stunned visitor found himself standing in the living room of the artist, a glass of prosecco in the hand, again – no longer capable of distinguishing an installation from an everyday object.
Roy Andres Hofer, with music played by a DJ, showed in his rooms – including his bedroom – his neon installations, while Bettina Costa presented her oversized acrylic paintings and Michaela Wehrlin-Bieli made room for the alienation of her rooms.

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