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Conceptual art in Zurich is not difficult to find. The city likes the intellectual debate, and the art genre stands for the postmoderne and the convergence of art and science

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April 2017

Geraniums Are Never Red – Uriel Orlow

1 April 2017 - 6 June 2017
Corner College, Kochstrasse 1, 8004 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Opening on Saturday, April 1st, 4:30 pm 17: 00h Discussion between Uriel Orlow and TJ Demos In his exhibition at Corner College, Uriel Orlow sees the botanical world as a stage of history and politics. The work in the exhibition has been developed over the last two years and deals with the legacies of botanical exploration, plant migration, flower diplomacy and botanical nationalism from the dual viewpoints of South Africa and Europe. +info

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Leaves for Tears — Anne-Laure Franchette

28 April 2017 - 30 April 2017
TART, Gotthardstrasse 54, 8002 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Leaves for Tears an installation by Anne-laure Franchette "The first evening, we walked next to the park. They told me not to go in at night. So I went the next day. The entrance was taken over by a colony of pigeons. I walked through the park. It felt like an in between space, a mixture of domestication and wilderness. Narrow stony paths were borded by huge batches of nettle. A variety I had not seen before, with small green…

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May 2017
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Maja Bajevic

20 May 2017 - 13 August 2017

Opening: Friday, 19 May 2017 In a large overview exhibition, the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst presents the oeuvre of French-Bosnian artist Maja Bajevic (b. 1967 in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina). This exhibition concentrates on works from the last ten years, supplemented by newly produced pieces. Since the mid-1990s, Bajevic has worked on a very wide range of different issues, encompassing globalisation, inclusion/exclusion, exploitation, neo-liberalism and their reciprocal effects. At the same time, Bajevic also repeatedly raises the issue of personal identity and…

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Interhemispheric

27 May 2017 - 25 June 2017
Klara Kiss Zip Space, Seebahnstrasse 221, 8004 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Interhemispheric 27.5-25.6.2017 Paolo Chiasera Martina Mächler Eleonora Meier Interhemispheric refers to the region of the brain located in between the two hemispheres, the “room” which separates the two halves of the brain. That gap functions as a space of conjunction and separation at the same time, its spatial identity is given by the areas it brings together, or breaks apart, conferring to it a certain degree of autonomy. Starting from this definition, it is easy to understand the fluid, multiple…

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Residency Fabian Chiquet

30 May 2017

2. Residency by and with Fabian Chiquet: This Circle Is Your Circle, This Circle Is My Circle protest songs As I went walking I saw a sign there And on the sign it said «No Trespassing.» But on the other side it did not say nothing, This is what you and me. (Woody Guthrie, "This Land Is Your Land") "Reclaim Kreis 1" continues. The musician and video artist Fabian Chiquet, a Bernese musician, writes and composes protesters for and for…

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JÜRG STÄUBLE

31 May 2017 - 3 September 2017
Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Selnaustrasse 25, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Das Museum Haus Konstruktiv würdigt das rund 50-jährige, im Umfeld von Minimal Art, Land Art und Konzeptkunst verortete Schaffen des Schweizer Künstlers Jürg Stäuble (geb. 1948, lebt und arbeitet in Basel) mit einer umfangreichen, retrospektiv angelegten Einzelausstellung.

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June 2017

Finally Feyerabend!

1 June 2017
Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Should science advance - or does it simply run away from our real problems? If you are ready for the sharpest criticism of rationalism, which has ever been taught at the ETH, you would like to get to know the very first green French, if you like both Schumann and jazz and you also like drawing: Come to us on June 1st in Cabaret Voltaire! Start of the event: 21:00 Free entry / collection

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Counter Space Beton-Inkubator at Museum Haus Konstruktiv

7 June 2017 - 27 August 2017
Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Selnaustrasse 25, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Opening: June 7, 6pm June 8 – August 27, 2017 Counter Space: Stich & Oswald are the invited guests of Museum Haus Konstruktiv. The Beton-Incubator is a hypothesis, a working model, a walk-in monument and a materialised utopia. It is formed from the question: What could be (a) space in the 21st century? What lies in between the wastelands, gaps, voids of a city and an architect’s plan that always aims for eternity? What would be an eternal interim use?…

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Mief – Bernhard Hegglin & Andreas Selg

9 June 2017 - 28 June 2017
Galerie Bernhard, Hardstrasse 5, Zürich, 8004 Switzerland + Google Map

Bernhard Hegglin creates minimalist objects, which he likes to lean against the wall. For this exhibition he works with Andreas Selg.

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Shana Lutker – SNAFU

9 June 2017 - 16 July 2017
Barbara Seiler Gallery, Limmatstrasse 270, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland + Google Map

Snafu \sna-ˈfü, ˈsna-ˌfü\ noun 1. A badly confused or ridiculously muddled situation: A ballot snafu in the election led to a recount. Origin: (military, slang, euphemistic) Acronym of status nominal all fucked up or situation normal all fucked up (fouled up)

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Try again – Andreas Weber

16 June 2017 - 22 July 2017
Kiosk Tabak, Mutschellenstrasse 2, Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

«Try again. Fail again. Fail better.» The tragicomic Samuel Beckett quote is taken as a manual and printed with stencils on various picture carriers, over and over again, often barely readable. In the subsequent videoperformance, the monotypes are discreetly discarded in a cheerful dance.

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Tracey Rose: Art Thou Not Fair: KniggerKhaffirKhoon aka ‘KKK’

28 June 2017
Kunsthaus Zürich, Heimplatz 1, Zürich, 8001 Switzerland + Google Map

Tracey Rose (* 1974) reflects in her work cultural, economic and political differences and inequalities of our time. She is particularly interested in her home country of South Africa and the role and history of the (African) woman. Art Thou Not Fair: KniggerKhaffirKhoon, aka 'KKK' deals with questions of racism, slave trade and the postcolonial heritage, as well as the representation of African Americans, Africans and particularly South Africans. The three actresses are inspired by Steve McQueen's 12 Years a…

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Roman Signer – Travels

29 June 2017 - 28 July 2017
Häusler Contemporary Zürich | Stampfenbachstrasse 59, 8006 Zürich, Stampfenbachstrasse 59, 8006 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

"We decided to travel to Poland. Cross and cross ... We told ourselves the road should be our university. "Roman Signer Before the holiday season begins, Häusler Contemporary Zurich presents with great joy a selection of Roman Signers «travel photos». The unconventional images, which were created parallel to his famous «Zeitskulpturen» since the late 1970s, were only presented to a broader public in 2006. With the sculptor's eyes, they show how the most common things can unfold a poetic, sculptural…

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Allan Kaprow / San Keller Yard – From zero to one hundred

29 June 2017 - 27 July 2017
Kunsthaus Zürich, Heimplatz 1, Zürich, 8001 Switzerland + Google Map

San Keller stages a reinterpretation of Allan Kaprow's factory yard from 1961: The visitors enter an empty training room with mirror wall, ballet bar and 48 car tires in a rack. It is up to them how to contact the tires. Every week a dancer offers a training with the tires for the visitors. Visitors should leave the training room as they found it. Further data: June 29th: 18.30-19.45 hrs 6/13/20/27 July: 10.15 - 11.30 hrs Information: http://action.kunsthaus.ch

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July 2017
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Guided tour in English: Tomás Saraceno / Jürg Stäuble

9 July 2017
Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Selnaustrasse 25, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Museum Haus Konstruktiv offers conducted public guided tours through the current exhibitions. The members of the public discover the artists’ diverse world of ideas, and receive a great deal of fascinating background information. We are looking forward to welcoming you. Included into the museum admission (CHF 16/12).

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August 2017
Free

Jan Hostettler «Vision»

24 August 2017 - 8 October 2017
DIE DIELE, Sihlhallenstrasse 4, 8004 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

DIE DIELE SHOWS JAN HOSTETTLER "VISION" VERNISSAGE: 24.08.2017 // 18:00 EXHIBITION UNTIL 08.10.2017 SIHLHALLENSTRASSE 4, 8004 ZUERICH http://WWW.DIEDIELE.CH http://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/DIEDIELE

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Daniel V. Keller – Komponenten am Bürgersteig

24 August 2017 - 21 September 2017
Binz39 Foundation, Sihlquai 133, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland + Google Map

Final exhibition Atelier scholarship Daniel V. Cellar COMPONENTS ON THE SINGLE Opening: Thursday, August 24, from 6 pm Exhibition: 25 August to 21 September 2017 Concert and finissage: Thursday, September 21, 8 pm Circumstances Record Recording Session Curator: Irene Grillo

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September 2017

Lecture: The Amazons of stage design

6 September 2017
Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland + Google Map

Alexandra Exter and the female Russian theater art of the avant-garde Lecture with Tatiana Arquint, art historian Included in the price, no registration required

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Yael Wicki – Dead Reckoning

14 September 2017 - 29 September 2017
Mikro, Sihlquai 125, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland + Google Map

Dead-Reckoning As A Methodology Of Emancipation Through Navigation In Times Of Struggle Inspired by Johanna Hedva’s ‘Sick Woman Theory’ I take a big breath, slowly and steady. I breath in and out, deep into every fiber of my body. I take another breath, only focusing on the air that travels through me, from my head to my toes. Than slowly I lift my foot and place it carefully in front of me, thoughtfully searching for my balance, before letting my…

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Komplizen

22 September 2017 - 14 October 2017
Tart, Gotthardstrasse 54, Zürich, 8002 Switzerland + Google Map

22 September to 14 October The accomplice. A partner through thick and thin. A confidant, a victim, an accomplice. The complicitness makes her shadowy past from the past visibly. Over the past decades, more and more legitimate complications have been observed - networking is building visible and invisible bridges between places, people and potentials. Is this networking a never-ending time-spirit, an indispensable attitude on the way to successful projects? Or is it simply the lived realization that cooperation creates the…

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Subsurface scattering

29 September 2017 - 25 October 2017
Art Container, Park Pfingstweid, 8005 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Event Duration: 29.09.2017 - 25.10.2017 by Thomas Knüsel and Lukas Geisseler Opening on 29 September, 7 pm In his works Lukas Geisseler deals with sociopolitical and economic questions. From his research, drawings are created which soberly link structures of global and local contexts. For example, in the series "displaced", he traces the lines of waffle exports from Switzerland and asylum applications to Switzerland for several years. Thomas Knüsel questions questions about the relationship between subjective perception and scientific certainty. From…

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October 2017

Performance 4 Evenings: «No Title No Work», premiere

3 October 2017
Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Performance by Christian Falsnaes (DK), with Søren Berner (DK) Curated by Søren Berner (DK) What happens when people have to give up control and simply give in to instructions and orders? Christian Falsnaes addresses a highly current topic as he wants to make visible the mechanisms of following authoritarian orders that organize society but that we normally don’t recognize. His works are based upon the interaction between audience and artist and deal with rituals, social dynamics and group behaviour in…

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3. Fiona Banner & Peter Voss-Knude Side Step: Pio Abad

7 October 2017 - 2 December 2017
Last Tango, Röntgenstrasse 6, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland + Google Map

3. FIONA BANNER & PETER VOSS-KNUDE SIDE STEP: PIO ABAD 07.10.17 – 02.12.17 Opening 07.10.17 from 17:30 An affinity for the semiotics of conflict becomes immediately apparent in Last Tango’s fourth exhibition: Fiona Banner with her longstanding use of found and transformed military aircraft to examine the ways in which conflict is mythologised through popular culture and Peter Voss-Knude with his work that musically relates to the life of the soldier. The material and the human aspects of conflict are…

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Martina-Sofie Wildberger – I want to say something

13 October 2017 - 29 October 2017
Corner College, Kochstrasse 1, 8004 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Martina-Sofie Wildberger I WANT TO SAY SOMETHING Une prise de parole 13 - 29 October 2017 Opening Friday, 13 October 2017 at 19:00h Performance I WANT TO SAY SOMETHING with Martina-Sofie Wildberger, Tobias Bienz and Denise Hasler. Friday, 27 October 2017 at 13:30h As part of the trans-local Sympodium What’s Wrong with Performance Art?, Martina-Sofie Wildberger's Artist Talk Performance as Book. Book as Performance in conversation with Georg Rutishauser. The project is part of the Corner College platform Transferences: The…

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How to Cure Your Swiss Illness?

18 October 2017 - 10 November 2017
Flux Laboratory Zurich, Utoquai 31, 8008 Zurich, 31 Utoquai, Zürich, Schweiz + Google Map

Flux Laboratory is happy to welcome Maëlle Gross for her first solo exhibition. Young Swiss of Greek descent, Maëlle is a multidisciplinary artist that puts forward a new reflection on the question of identity. After focusing on subject matters surrounding gender, mainly through the medium of video filming, she found her inspiration for new creations in the concept of nostalgia - one being away from his / her native country. The so called “Swiss illness” is linked to Dr. Johannes…

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Free

«Enact. Empower?» – Jasmina Metwaly

18 October 2017
Toni Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 94, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland + Google Map

«Enact. Empower?» Public talk series at the Department Art & Media, ZHdK, Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstr. 96, 8031 Zürich; for free, (lectures in English): Toni-Areal, 5th floor, 5.T09, 6 pm Jasmina Metwaly is an artist living and working in Kairo. Her recent (collaborative) projects address the aftermath of the Arab Spring in Egypt. Her work has been shown among others at the German Pavilion during the 56th Venice Biennale 2015. Since the 1960s art and art theory have been approximating activism. Ever…

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Leila Peacock

19 October 2017 - 18 November 2017
Binz39 Foundation, Sihlquai 133, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland + Google Map

A Charlatan’s Progress or the Virtues of a Lie Well Told. A Comic Tale Written for the Universal Improvement of Mankind. To Which Are Added Many Curious Half-Remembered Facts and Other Evidence. Related by Herself in Two Volumes. Opening: Thursday, October 19, 2017, from 6 pm Exhibition: 20 October to 18 November 2017 Finissage and artist talk: Saturday, 18 November, 5 pm

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Between two seas – Sandra Senn

27 October 2017 - 18 November 2017
Galerie sam scherrer contemporary, Kleinstrasse 16, Zürich 8008 Schweiz + Google Map

http://www.samscherrer.ch Exhibition opening Between two seas of Sandra Senn "I prefer to stroll or drift, like wet wood, whose fleeting home the river determines." With the lyrically, figuratively placed text on large-format paper, Sandra Senn, as a self-employed agency, describes the process of her painterly acting images, which sometimes appear to be supposed to be photographic images. They show chimerical objects and sculptures in the midst of seemingly natural landscapes. The predominantly brittle, archaic-looking stone figures, such as this, could…

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Performance 4 Evenings: untitled, premiere

31 October 2017
Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Performance by Kristoffer Akselbo (DK), with Søren Berner (DK) Curated by Søren Berner (DK) «In my artistic work, I have a special interest in hyperrealism and everyday objects, performative mechanisms and interaction with the viewer. The work is expressed in aesthetic meetings and time-based experiences. The content of my production is about a negotiation and exchange between views and work and how it reacts in the given context. My works ask questions about who we are, where we are and…

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November 2017
Free

Talisa Lallai – Lento Violento

2 November 2017 - 16 December 2017
BolteLang, Limmatstrasse 214, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland + Google Map

Talisa Lallai - Lento Violento 3rd November - 16th December 2017 Opening Reception 2nd November, 6 - 8 pm https://www.boltelang.com/exhibitions/current/ _____ BolteLang Limmatstrasse 214 8005 Zürich Switzerland T +41 44 273 00 10 F +41 44 273 00 12 info@boltelang.com http://www.boltelang.com Gallery hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 12 - 5 pm

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Willie Doherty

3 November 2017 - 22 December 2017
Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zahnradstrasse 21, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland + Google Map

Galerie Peter Kilchmann is pleased to present what is now the eighth solo exhibition by the artist Willie Doherty. He was born in 1959 in Derry, Northern Ireland. Today he lives and works in Donegal. His video works explore the artistic possibilities of the apparatus of film and in an era of 'post-truth' question what is real and what is unreal, what is true and what is false. Doherty’s latest two-channel video installation, which he produced in 2016 for the…

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Nicole Bachmann: I say

5 November 2017 - 1 December 2017
Corner College, Kochstrasse 1, Zürich, 8004 Switzerland + Google Map

Opening 5 November 2017, 17:00h Opening Hours Thu/Fri/Sat 16h – 19h Bachmann’s new video-audioinstallation examines the relationship between language, voice and power and the singular voice within the plural. The piece deals with negotiations of speech within a group and the exploration of the singular as well as the communal voice. The materiality of gestures and the spoken word become an embodied vocabulary through which the performers navigate the construct of language and affirmation of their own expression. This exhibition…

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Theatre of Sound: «I am not a Joke», 2017

7 November 2017
Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Performance by Olivia Hyunsin Kim (KR/DE), Magda Drozd (PL) and Co. aka The Kill Joys Curated by Philipp Cron (CH) The Kill Joys (Olivia Hyunsin Kim, Magda Drozd and Co.) examine feminist concerns, which they express through concert performances. In a DIY style and a dilettantish attitude, they scream about what is infuriating them. Through self-written lyrics they sing about current feminist and political topics and aptly give themselves a voice which is understood by others. For more about the…

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Word Up!: «Weird Séance», premiere

14 November 2017
Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Dyspraxic participatory performance by Daniel Oliver (UK) The performance project «Weird Séance» by Daniel Oliver is a series of raucous, deconstructionist, and roughly layered participatory performances about participatory performance. Each performance is haphazardly crowbarred into its site and context − rejigged, added to, undone and perverted. We are in the future looking back on the traumatic incident that occurred right here, in this space, during Daniel’s show. Returning to the site to partially reconstruct the tragic performance, to discuss blame,…

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Thus I Spoke: «Dying On Stage», 2015

21 November 2017
Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Performance by Christodoulos Panayiotou (CY), performed by dancer Jean Capeille (FR), Duration: 2 h 15 min Curated by Michelangelo Miccolis (IT) Christodoulos Panayiotou’s lecture-performance Dying On Stage is a meditation on the impossible theatrical representation of death. Taking as its starting point Rudolf Nureyev’s 1991 staging of the classical ballet «La Bayadère», which was choreographed whilst Nureyev’s health was critically deteriorating, Dying On Stage explores various literal, metaphorical, and symbolic deaths by examining the vicious relationship between the spectator, the…

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Sam Pulitzer – Shadow of the Problem as Such

24 November 2017 - 19 January 2018
Galerie Francesca Pia, Limmatstrasse 268, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland + Google Map

November 25, 2017 – January 19, 2018 Opening November 24, 6-8 pm

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Performance 4 Evenings: Last Perform

28 November 2017
Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Curated by Søren Berner (DK) The artist for this last Performance 4 Evenings curated by Søren Berner (DK) will be announced via website, newsletter and social media. Stay tuned and follow us there. For more see: http://cabaretvoltaire.ch/en/performance-4-evenings.html

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January 2018

Performance: Eat Me

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

ABOUT: Eat me challenges social norms in a western society obsessed with diets and self-presentation. Eat Me starts with Julie Peter gets tapped for half a liter of blood. The blood is made in to a traditional Danish blood sausage, which is baked and then fried. The performance will end with a dinner where the audience will be invited to eat the blood sausage and there by be a part of the art work. Vacuum packed blood sausage will be…

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Sabine Maja Bremermann

19 January
Kulturfolger, Idastrasse 46, Zürich, 8003 Switzerland + Google Map

First Chapter of Kulturfolger Luxury season 2018 deals with TIME - NEGENTROPY - RELATIVITY. It started on Sat 13-01-2018 6:00pm and it will end on Wed 28-03-2018 11:59pm. Second section of the First Chapter will take place on Fri 19-01-2018 6:00pm with Sabine Maja Bremermann. http://www.kulturfolger.ch

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