Panorama - Waters
The popular special stamp series on the theme of nature in Liechtenstein is being continued with two bodies of water. The panorama motifs by photographer Dietmar Walser were once again selected in a nationwide photo competition organised by Fotoclub Spektral. The two panoramic views are both divided in the middle, thus producing four stamps. They show the area of "Schwabbrünnen" (left and right, face value: CHF 1.00 each) and the "Valünerbach" stream (left and right, face value: CHF 1.00 each) and are found twice each on an eight-stamp sheetlet.
Liechtenstein is predominantly home to flowing waters. Besides the River Rhine and the Inland Canal, there are numerous smaller streams. The Valünerbach stream flows through the picturesque landscape of Liechtenstein's Alpine and local recreation area as well as Lake Gängle in Steg/Triesenberg at 1,300 metres above sea level.
In addition, the small state also has some standing waters such as small lakes and ponds, for instance in the Schwabbrünnen nature reserve in the municipalities of Eschen, Planken and Schaan. The nature reserve, which, as important wetlands, was officially declared a protected area in 1962, is a paradise for noble crayfish and white-clawed crayfish, water scorpions, dragonflies and is home to numerous amphibians as well as muskrats, grey herons, kingfishers and little grebes.
150th Birthday of Egon Rheinberger
Philately Liechtenstein is commemorating the 150th birthday of architect and artist Egon Rheinberger with a three-part souvenir sheet (†1936). Born in Vaduz in 1870, Rheinberger moved to Munich to study art after completing his grammar school education. He pursued his interest in medieval castles at a young age on various journeys. It was on one of these journeys that he produced the "Sketch of the Maultasch Ruins near Appiano" in South Tyrol (face value: CHF 1.30).
However, Egon Rheinberger made a name for himself especially as an architect. In 1899, he began working for Prince Johann II of Liechtenstein and carried out work on Liechtenstein Castle and Kreuzenstein Castle in Lower Austria.
The reconstruction of Gutenberg Castle in Balzers from what were previously ruins, which was initiated and carried out by Rheinberger between 1905 and 1912, is of great significance to the Principality of Liechtenstein. This is evidenced by the second stamp on the souvenir sheet depicting a section of a "Wall Painting in Gutenberg Castle" (face value: CHF 2.20). A "Portrait of Egon Rheinberger" (face value: CHF 2.80) rounds off the special issue with hot foil embossing in gold designed by Hans Peter Gassner.
SEPAC - Art from the State Collection
A work by American artist Matt Mullican from the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein adorns Liechtenstein's SEPAC stamp this year. The association of thirteen small postal operators in Europe issues stamps on common themes every year. This year the stamps are works of art from state collections. The original "Untitled (Indian Banner: World)" (face value: CHF 1.50) from 1982 is a printed cotton banner measuring over two by two metres. It shows a stylised globe in a red frame. The Kunstmuseum collection houses several works by the artist, who was born in California in 1951. Life and death, living space and society as well as perception of the world are themes that Matt Mullican uses to reflect his experience of the world. In order to create a system of order and explain social structures and phenomena, he has created his own, very individual cosmology, which he translates into drawings, pictogram collections and imaginary urban structures, and whose central motifs run through his entire oeuvre. In doing so, colours, forms, signs and models create his system of visual symbols.
Summer Olympics in Tokyo
After 56 years, the Summer Olympics are returning to the Japanese city of Tokyo. From 24 July to 9 August 2020, at least 206 nations will compete with over 11,000 athletes in a total of 33 Olympic sports and 50 disciplines. To this end, the old Olympic Stadium dating from 1964 was demolished and replaced by a new building costing around 1.1 billion euros. The building, which will be used for the opening and closing ceremonies as well as for athletics and football, holds 68,000 spectators. As always, Philately Liechtenstein commissioned an artist from the host country to design Liechtenstein's Olympic stamps. Keiko Yamano painted the two motifs "Synchronised Swimming" (face value: CHF 1.70) and "Judo" (face value: CHF 2.80) in acrylic. The artist worked as a university lecturer for linguistics in Japan until 2000. Faced with her own mortality due to a blow to her health led her to painting. She produces most of her works in oil using traditional Japanese colours, but she also masters the art of calligraphy. She mainly shows her works at exhibitions in her home city of Tokyo.
Due to the corona crisis, the Summer Olympics, which would have been held in Tokyo from 24 July to 9 August 2020, have been postponed for one year and will now take place from 23 July to 8 August 2021 under the title "Tokyo 2020" – something that has never happened before in the long history of the Olympic Games. Since this decision was taken only after all our products had gone to press, we are unfortunately no longer able to stop issuing stamps for the 2020 Summer Olympics. This means that the stamps will nevertheless be issued on 2 June 2020 as announced.
For this reason, you will be holding stamps that are quite rare in your hands on 2 June 2020. Stamps in your collection with the date on which the Olympic Games never took place will always remind you later of the memorable year 2020, when a worldwide pandemic went down in history.