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The Zurich art scene likes to be playful and adventurous. Alternative spaces are on artssspot premises showing art without being a museum or commercial gallery.This includes both art schools, universities and artist-operated exhibition spaces, as well as cafes, shops and public space.

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September 2017

Phantom Theory

28 September - 20 December
ETH Hönggerberg, Stefano- Franscini-Platz 5, 8049 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Exhibition “Phantom Theory” 29 September – 20 December 2017 Opening 28 September 2017, 5.30 pm gta exhibitions, HIL, ETH Zurich, Hönggerberg Introduction by Sylvia Claus Using projects, manuscripts, lecture drafts, models, exhibition concepts and images from the gta Archives, the exhibition presents the rich spectrum of questions and differing narrations with which the institute has been preoccupied over the course of half a century and that have productively shaped architectural praxis. The aspect that connects all of the researchers at…

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November 2017

Learning to Draw – From Artist’s Training to Aesthetic Education since 1500

8 November - 23 December
Graphische Sammlung ETH Zürich, Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

In the final exhibition during the jubilee year to mark the 150th anniversary of the Graphische Sammlung ETH Zürich, the collection is being made available to a group of students from Zurich University, who will create an exhibition and exhibition catalogue on the subject of “Drawing Lessons – From Artist’s Training to Aesthetic Education since 1500”. The historical angle, which focuses on the teaching of drawing until about 1800, is contrasted with current methods at the ETH Zürich. This will…

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Julian Burkhard

9 November - 17 December
DIE DIELE, Sihlhallenstrasse 4, Zürich, 8004 Switzerland + Google Map


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Theft is Vision

17 November 2017 - 4 February 2018
Luma / Westbau, Zürich, Switzerland + Google Map

We are pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition THEFT IS VISION, a collaboration between gta exhibitions, ETH Zurich and LUMA Foundation. THEFT IS VISION With Cosima von Bonin, Maurizio Cattelan, Maria Eichhorn, Marie-Louise Ekman, Sylvie Fleury, Isa Genzken, Richard Hamilton, Charline von Heyl, Pierre Joseph, Valentina Liernur, Dan Mitchell, Mathieu Malouf, Malcolm Morley, Albert Oehlen, Betty Tompkins and Gili Tal Exhibition Architecture by Petra Blaisse / Inside Outside Curated by Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen Opening: Friday 17…

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Matthias RÜEGG «Vorwand»

17 November - 16 December
LOKAL 14, Anna-Heer-Strasse 14, Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

MATTHIAS RÜEGG «VORWAND» Opening Friday, 17 November 2017, 17- 20 clock Finissage Saturday, 16th December 2017, 1pm-4pm Opening hours Mon / Tue / Thu: 2pm-6pm, Sat: 1pm-4pm or by appointment The artist is present at the opening and at the finissage. You and your friends are cordially invited.

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Finally, you are in me – Özgür Kar and CANAN

18 November 2017 - 7 January 2018
Taylor Macklin, Luegislandstrasse 105, Zürich, 8051 Switzerland + Google Map

the pièce de résistance of their catering company was undoubtedly the burrata udder. larger than most burrate, it was the size of what you’d think of as an udder, a sack of stretched mozzarella skin filled with heavy creamed mozzarella, but with neat rows of nipples.

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The Locker Room Show

18 November - 22 December
Plymouth Rock, Luegislandstrasse 105, Zürich, 8051 Switzerland + Google Map

Khalid al Gharaballi Julien Ceccaldi Tom of Finland Christopher van Ginhoven Richard Hawkins Daniel V. Keller Ryan McNamara Rasmus Myrup Daniel Müller Rckay Steve Reinke Dean Sameshima Rico Scagliola & Michael Meier Philipp Timischl Ian Wooldridge

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December 2017


1 December 2017 - 20 January 2018
Schaufenster, Limmatstrasse 55/57, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland + Google Map

Exhibition from 1.12.17-20.1.18 Anna-Maria Bauer Sketches, designs, models and Franziska Schiratzki Paper objects, original prints Opening hours 24/7

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6 December - 16 December
Kulturfolger, Idastrasse 46, Zürich, 8003 Switzerland + Google Map

final chapter. barbara signer vernissage 6.12.2017 18 Uhr idastrasse 46

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Willy Spiller – Street Life NY/LA 1977-1985

7 December 2017 - 27 January 2018
Bildhalle, Stauffacherquai 56, Zürich, 8004 Switzerland + Google Map

WILLY SPILLER - STREET LIFE New York / Los Angeles 1977-1985 VERNISSAGE 7 DECEMBER FROM 18H Guest speaker: Tobia Bezzola Exhibition until 27th January 2018 "Willy Spiller is one of Switzerland's leading living photographers. Throughout and all around a man of the métiers, he shows that photography often mines deeper when it takes the surface seriously and that grandioses sometimes arise out of modesty. Spiller is a photographer of people and their stories, his pictures decipher the comédie humaine, he…

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7 December 2017 - 28 January 2018
Corner College, Kochstrasse 1, Zürich, 8004 Switzerland + Google Map

An exhibition of the Art Work(ers) research project by ECAV / Ecole Cantonale d’Art du Valais. Curated by Robert Ireland, Petra Köhle and Federica Martini. With contributions by Donatella Bernardi, Christopher Füllemann, Patricio Gil Flood, Robert Ireland, Petra Köhle, Federica Martini, Christof Nüssli, Aurélie Strumans, Nicolas Vermot-Petit-Outhenin. Texts by Leah Anderson, Andrea Bellini, Donatella Bernardi, Mabe Bethonico, Chrisantha Chetty, Robert Ireland, Alexandros Kyriakatos, Federica Martini, Guillaume Pilet, David Romero, Marcella Turchetto, W.A.G.E. 8 December 2017 – 28 January 2018 Opening:…

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SchoffelArt Rewind 2017

7 December - 23 December
Kafi Schoffel, Schoffelgasse 7, Zürich, 8001 Switzerland + Google Map

The SchoffelArt year 2017 comes to an end. "Rewind" is the name of the retrospective of the artists who exhibited in the Schoffel in 2017. Seven artists and photographers present their work in Zurich Niederdorf: Emanuel Roth (Zürich) Cindy Rose (Florida/USA) - Andreas Demeter (Hong Kong) - Ursina Hasler (Zürich) - Alan Maag (Zürich) - Christof Vetsch (Zürich) - Corso Bertozzi (Zürich) - The exhibition is open during the regular Kafi Schoffel opening hours…

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Marco Fedele di Catrano – The Day’s Bow

7 December - 17 December
Kunstraum Walcheturm, Kanonengasse 20, Zürich, 8004 Switzerland + Google Map

Vernissage, from 18:00 clock Installation "The Day's Bow" by Marco Fedele di Catrano Book presentation, 18:30 "Portrait of Jennie" by Marco Fedele di Catrano and Vitaly Patsyukov, published by NERO (Roma) Performance, 9:30 pm "Announcement", performance by Stefano Benini Opening hours installation 7th - 17th December 2017 Wednesday - Friday, 15: 00-18: 00 Saturday, 14: 00-17: 00 closed: Friday, December 15, 2017

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2. Kirstine Roepstorff & Matyás Chochola Side Step: Nadim Abbas

8 December 2017 - 27 January 2018
Last Tango, Röntgenstrasse 6, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland + Google Map

2. KIRSTINE ROEPSTORFF & MATYÁS CHOCHOLA SIDE STEP: NADIM ABBAS Opening: 08.12.17 17:30-20:00 08.12.17 – 27.01.18 The many shades of darkness are the topics at hand in Last Tango’s latest curatorial pairing between Kirstine Roepstorff and Matyáš Chochola. An urge to find truth and solace in darkness is the shared sentiment. Denmark’s representative at the Venice Biennale this year, Roepstorff and laureate of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award, Chochola come together to exhibit new and older works consisting of paintings, sculptures,…

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Exhibition Master Theses

8 December 2017 - 16 January 2018
Departement Architektur, ETH Zürich, Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5, Zürich, 8093 Switzerland + Google Map

The exhibition of the master's theses of the fall semester 2017 is open to visit from December 8, 2017, at the ETH Hönggerberg.

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Underground – at Waldhuus / Best of Visarte Zürich & guests

9 December 2017 - 7 January 2018
Waldhuus, Kurhausstrasse 18, 8032 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Opening: Saturday, December 9, 2017, 17-22.30 UNDERGROUND in the forest hut best of visarte zürich & guests Guests: Corner College, The Hall, Kunsthaus Aussersihl, The Museum of the Unwanted Concept / Curation: Daniela Minneboo & Sandra Oehy Bar: Sandi Paucic + Team DJ: Monica Germann At the end of the year, visarte zürich presents a great overview of Zurich's diverse artistic life underground at the Waldhuus. This year, our exhibition will take place in a very special place: in the…

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Word Up!: «twentysevenpoemsforgettinghigh andforgettingdowntoo»

12 December
Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

premiere Poetry performance by James Massiah (UK) The poet and musician, who believes in the force of poetry and the electrifying atmosphere that comes from live performances, explores ideas about mortality, sex and religion in his poems. For his performance at Cabaret Voltaire James Massiah will float in the space between music and poetry and present with «twentysevenpoemsforgettinghighandgettingdowntoo» a dynamic set of poems. For more about James Massiah see:

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Open Painting Tuesdays

12 December
Die Staffelei, Rieterstrasse 30, 8002 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

No need to buy a ticket in advance, just pay as you paint :) You can walk in any time. There is also a Migrolino and a pizzeria (DonLeone) near by if you'd like to grab something. Every Tuesday September - November! Let's have a colorful fall together :) What is open painting? Freestyle brushstrokes of your own - Start, continue or finish your painting project! We've got loads of paintings at our studio. If you need some inspiration, we're…

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On a withered branch a crow

13 December - 17 December
Vein Contemporary, Anemonenstrasse 42, Zürich, 8047 Switzerland + Google Map

The next exhibition is coming! This time with Anita Semadeni, Luisa Fumagalli and Josefin Walker. Vernissage on 13.12.17 (Wednesday) from 18.00 clock! Exhibition duration: 14. - 17.12.17 from 14.00 - 20.00.

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Quote Club: Viscosity

13 December
Kulturfolger, Idastrasse 46, Zürich, 8003 Switzerland + Google Map

Join us for the ninth session of Quote Club where we will delve into different readings of Viscosity. We will read excerpts from texts by Michel Serres, Timothy Morton, and others. Excerpts from selected texts will be provided in the space and can be found here:

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The Paloé Robles Project – A show about motivation and practice

14 December 2017 - 27 January 2018
BALTSprojects, Bernerstrasse Nord 180, Zürich, 8064 Switzerland + Google Map

DECEMBER 14, 7 PM, motivational speech by CJ Beatty, The Baseball Motivator & former professional Baseball player. DECEMBER 15, 6-7 PM, workshop with CJ Beatty, further info: a project with Tyson Robles and WALDRAP Renate Walter and Sebastian F. Lippok. Tyson Robles is a passionate baseball player and coach. Together with architects Renate Walter and Sebastian F. Lippok of WALDRAP he initiated the transformation of the exhibition space into a baseball practice field. They installed a batting cage and…

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Tangier: Final Critiques Inclusive Urbanism II/ Migration

14 December
MAS Urban Design – Professur Marc M. Angélil ETHZ – ONA J25, Neunbrunnenstrasse 50, Zürich, 8093 + Google Map

The MAS program is tackling questions of migration and urban space, within the framework of ‘Inclusive Urbanism.’ Arguing that urban design is an innovative, resilient, and politically powerful tool for architects and planners to address such complex matters, and moving away from emergency solutions (e.g. refugee camps, transit centers), we explore the notion of ‘staying’ with Tangier as our operative site. Students of the MAS Urban Design will present their final projects for 'Inclusive Tangier' to an array of guests…

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Ygrg14x: reading with the single hand II

14 December 2017 - 25 January 2018
Mikro, Sihlquai 125, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland + Google Map

Dorota Gawęda & Eglė Kulbokaitė YGRG14X: reading with the single hand II Opening: 14th December 2017 18:00 Performance: 14th December 2017 19:00 Duration: 14th December 2017 - 25th January 2018 - Open 24/7 “The pornographic book functioned as an interface where interior space, subjective thought, physical pleasure, and imagination unfolded for the first time with the practice of individual reading. The experience of reading demanded a silent corner, but also created a breach with the surrounding space: swallowed up by…

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Julius John Alam: Zurich Conversations

16 December
Corner College, Kochstrasse 1, Zürich, 8004 Switzerland + Google Map

I am a Lahore based artist. I received a Bachelors of Fine Art degree from the National College of Arts, Lahore in 2013 and a Masters of Fine Art degree from Parsons the New School for Design in 2016, where I studied on a Fulbright Scholarship. I have exhibited at Participant Inc, New York, 1×1 Gallery, Dubai, 12 Gates, Philadelphia, Gallery of Light, DUCTAC, Dubai, Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Koel Gallery, Karachi, Sanat Initiative, Karachi, Taseer Art Gallery, Lahore, and Rohtas…

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Thus I Spoke: «Untitled Speech – Cabaret Voltaire», premiere

19 December
Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Performance by Adriana Lara (MX) Curated by Michelangelo Miccolis (IT) Adriana Lara will develop a site specific performance for this last evening of the first season. More about Adriana Lara see:

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100 best posters 16 — Zürich

22 December 2017 - 15 January 2018
Master Design Communication ZHdK, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste / Master Design Kommunikation, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland + Google Map

Vernissage of the exhibition «100 best posters 16 Germany Austria Switzerland» in Zurich December 22, 2017, 6:30 pm ZHdK - Zurich University of the Arts Cascade, 5th floor Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstr. 96 8031 Zurich exhibition 11.22. - 15.01.18 Open daily 9 - 21.00 clock Admission is free - Greeting Patrik Ferrarelli Curator of the 100 best posters 16 in Zurich Bettina Richter, Curator Poster Collection Museum of Design Zurich Martin Woodtli, Jury member of the «100 best posters 16»

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