Kunsthaus Zurich


in short

The Kunsthaus Zürich presents a richly varied exhibition programme along with its exquisit collection containing masterpieces of Alberto Giacometti and other Swiss artists, a Classical Modernist section complemented by Old Masters and Contemporary art.
Kunsthaus Zürich
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Kunsthaus Zurich

in detail

In 1787 a group of artists and art aficionados met for the first time; eventually this group grew into the Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft (ZKG) – the Association of Friends of the Kunsthaus Zürich. The museum complex was opened in 1910 and has since been expanded repeatedly, as well as being fully renovated in the last few years. Today it houses one of Switzerland’s most significant collections.
The collection begins with sculptures from the Middle Ages and late Gothic paintings. Italian and Dutch paintings from the 17th century are brilliantly represented with works by great masters such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Ruisdael, Claude Lorrain and Domenichino; works of similar high quality from the Venetian Settecento feature artists ranging from Tiepolo to Guardi. The Zurich painting movement from the period just after the Reformation offers novel and exceptional works including the brilliant eccentric Fuseli, who was a key influence on European Classicism.
The Kunsthaus holds a representative collection of 19th and 20th century painting, with landscapes by Koller and Zünd, the fantasy worlds of Böcklin and Welti, Jugendstil works by Augusto Giacometti and Vallotton, and the realist and avant-garde movements of the period between the wars and after World War II, as well as the latest trends. The comprehensive holdings of works by Ferdinand Hodler and Alberto Giacometti are exceptional, unmatched in quality and diversity anywhere else in the world.
French painting begins with a modest but important collection of paintings by Géricault, Corot, Delacroix, Courbet and Manet and culminates in the comprehensive series of paintings by Monet. Major works by Gauguin, Cézanne and Van Gogh lead to the major shift in style of around 1900 which can be studied well at the Kunsthaus Zürich: next to groundbreaking works by Bonnard and Vuillard as well as Matisse, Picasso, Léger and Chagall are numerous paintings by Edvard Munch, the precursor of the German Expressionists. The Kunsthaus holds the largest collection of works by Munch outside Norway. There are disconcerting yet entertaining examples of the DADA movement, which emerged in 1916 in Zurich and is represented by the artists Ernst, Miró, Dalí and Magritte as well as other Surrealists. The geometric constructive art of Mondrian and de Stijl was further developed by the group known as the “Zurich Concretists”: Glarner, Bill and Lohse.
The New York School of the post-war period is represented by its foremost artists – Pollock, Rothko, Newman – as is European and American Pop Art. The new painterly revival of the eighties manifests itself primarily in the outstanding group of works by Georg Baselitz. Especially prominent are the paintings and rare original sculptures by Cy Twombly and works by Bruce Nauman. Video installations and photographs by Fischli/Weiss, Pipilotti Rist and others lead us into the 21st century.

In 2012 agreements were signed with the Bührle and Looser Collections under which both will move into the expanded complex in 2017 – at which point the Kunsthaus will become one of the most important museums in Europe.
Kunsthaus Zürich
Exhibition: 23,00/18,00 CHF Collection: 16,00/11,00 CHF Combined ticket: 26,00/19,00 CHF (Audioguide incl.)
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Visitor entrance

Kunsthaus Zürich
Heimplatz 1
8001 Zurich
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Opening Times

10:00 - 18:00
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