Aline and the Invention of Love
The beautiful young lady who lives in the small, ivy-clad palazzo on top of the hill is regarded as a little strange or eccentric. The "sciora" as they call her in the small village of Comolognos in the Ticino, receives lots of visitors: men and women in outlandish costume, artists who laugh loudly and seem to have little respect for tradition. Hans Arp is among them, Ignazio Silone and Kurt Tucholsky, too. With some she takes trips to the countryside, with others she has love affairs. Everyone in Zurich knows her name, she is interested in all things new, exciting and unconventional. Aline Valangin belonged to the most ardent initiators of the artistic avant-garde. She knew them all: James Joyce, Elias Canetti, Max Ernst and Meret Oppenheim. And they loved this woman, her energy, her intelligence and her boundless zest for life.