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Several museums and foundations and most galleries in Zürich specialize in contemporary art. The galleries often present national artists or emerging art, while museums bring international art exhibitions or propose re-readings of their collections.

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February 2017
16CHF

Original/ghost/variety/shifted/double/echo — Andrew Bick

9 February - 7 May
Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Selnaustrasse 25, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Andrew Bick (born 1963 in Coleford, Gloucestershire, lives and works in London) is one of the most important contemporary painters working in the tradition of constructive art. In the interplay of free and geometric shapes, he amalgamates in his technically complex and multi-layered images drawing and painting, line and surface, transparency and opacity, colored and pale, glossy and matte surfaces into a mysterious whole. Colorful triangular and trapezoidal shapes, painted colored surfaces as well as sharp-edged white, gray and black…

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12CHF

You you you – Liz Magor

18 February - 7 May
Migros Museum, Limmatstrasse 270, 8005 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Opening: Friday, 17 February 2017 In her native Canada and beyond, the artist Liz Magor (b. 1948) is regarded as one of the most influential contemporary sculptors; the oeuvre she has built since the 1970s has guided an entire generation of younger artists. Her art investigates the culture of production and value and the associated ambivalent relationship humans have with consumer goods. The retrospective focuses on sculptures and installations the artist created in her studio in Vancouver over the past…

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April 2017

Kunstsalon at Tart Zürich

7 April @ 08:00 - 29 April @ 17:00
Tart, Gotthardstrasse 54, 8002 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Vernissage: FR, 7.04.2017, 6 pm - 9 pm Finissage: SA, 29.04.2017, 12 o'clock - 5 o'clock Always DI-FR from 12.00 - 19.00 h and SA 12.00 - 17.00 h We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Kunstsalon Zürich from April 8, 2017 - April 29, 2017! The artists are Carol May (CH) John Trashkowksy (CH) SHIREEN (CH) Andrea Ebener (CH) Mark Inderbitzin (CH) Kerstin Klein (DE) Lisa Birch (DE) Art.Mann (DE) Taina (CH) ELF (CH) Ona (CH). In…

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Exhibition ‘incorporate’ — Maia Hänny

12 April - 28 April
KunstRaum R57, Röschibachstrasse 57, 8037 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Vernissage Wednesday 12 April 17-21 clock opening hours Wednesday - Friday 5 - 7 pm, Saturday 2 - 5 pm Finissage Friday, April 28 - 8 pm The artist is present at the vernissage and on Friday in the exhibition. To eat - the most natural process in the world? The basic human need forces us to introduce something foreign into our own body and transform it. Eating is vital, but it also has something menacing: our body opens, becomes vulnerable,…

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Free

Jeroen Visser

25 April @ 19:30 - 23:00
Kunstraum Walcheturm, Kanonengasse 20, 8004 Zürich + Google Map

Jeroen Visser presents his new electro-acoustic compositions, in which he experiments with innovative ways, including live performances with mobile phones and spatial locations of sound. With his works Visser, who works at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology of the ZHdK, not only offers the interpreter a new approach to the audience, but also the audience. +info

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May 2017
Free

Reaper. Richard Hamilton and Sigfried Giedion

3 May - 25 June
Graphische Sammlung ETH Zürich, Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

2017 will mark not only the 150th anniversary of the Collection of Prints and Drawings. The Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) of the ETH Zürich will also be celebrating its 50th anniversary, and this has prompted a cooperation. The starting point of the exhibition is the print series “Reaper”(1949) by the famous English Pop Art artist Richard Hamilton. It was produced as a reaction to Sigfried Giedion’s book “Mechanization Takes Command” of 1948, in which the…

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Free

Dear, I have no objection to anything! — Dominik His

4 May - 6 May
TART, Gotthardstrasse 54, 8002 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

"DEAR, I HAVE NO OBJECTION TO ANYTHING!" Shortshow with DOMINIK HIS 4 May 2017 - 6 May 2017 On Thursday, May 4, 2017, 6 pm, Dominik His will be present for free days with us in the TART. Dominik His' objects consist of found materials, often also of plaster, PU-montage foam, silicone or clay, he works processively and leaves the development of a sculpture often physical and chemical conditions of the materials. Thus, they may be partially crushed, broken, or…

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Free

Künstlergespräch: Liz Magor

4 May
Migros Museum, Limmatstrasse 270, 8005 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

moderiert von Heike Munder (Leiterin Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst und Kuratorin der Ausstellung) in englischer Sprache, Eintritt frei, mit anschliessendem Apéro Die kanadische Künstlerin Liz Magor (*1948) lebt und arbeitet in Vancouver. Ihre Arbeiten handeln von der Produktions- und Wertschöpfungskultur sowie den damit verknüpften ambivalenten Beziehungen des Menschen zu Konsumgütern. Ihre Skulpturen und Installationen sind allegorische Bildwelten aus gefundenen und in Brockenhäusern gesammelten Alltagsobjekten, die die idealisierten Naturvorstellungen der modernen Gesellschaft hinterfragen und die Mechanismen von Begehren und Sucht zeigen.…

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Vernissage zur Ausstellung im Kiosk Tabak — Christof Vetsch

5 May - 24 May
Kiosk Tabak, Mutschellenstrasse 2, Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Objects and photographs (exhibition from 5 to 24 May 2017) As if chance had had his hand in the work some compositions by Christof Vetsch. They are a stage for quite simple things, rust stains, foundry, a filed garment, flowers, mirrors and a piece of ginger. A part of a church bench, but also of objects, which one can not really recognize. In relation to others, they are brought to images that evoke associations or are simply a lure to…

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12CHF

CV – Michael Riedel

20 May - 13 August
Kunsthalle Zürich, Limmatstrasse 270, 8005 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Opening: Friday, May 19, 2017 German Artist Michael Riedel (*1972) has created a body of work that is readily misunderstood and can’t easily be compared with any other. Similar to a Doubling Charm, by which objects replicate by the slightest touch, starting a chain-reaction of reentries, Riedel’s artworks attest to an ongoing process of replication within the art system. His exhibition CV at Kunsthalle Zürich centers around the Curriculum Vitae or résumé, this obsessively stylized form of human measurement for…

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12CHF

Maja Bajevic

20 May - 13 August

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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August 2017
12CHF

God’s Children, God’s Poem – Jimmie Durham

26 August - 5 November
Migros Museum, Limmatstrasse 270, 8005 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Opening: Friday, 25 August 2017 In the work of Jimmie Durham (b. 1940 in Washington, Arkansas), the examination of societal and political topics, but also the issue of the representation of civilising values, historicity and societal identity, are of central importance. His installations and sculptures reflect on the status of the object between civilizing fetish and artwork, and are metaphors for the sometimes complex and problematic encounters between the human being, technology and nature, from different cultural perspectives. Durham became…

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12CHF

Cheryl Donegan

26 August - 19 November
Kunsthalle Zürich, Limmatstrasse 270, 8005 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Opening: Friday, August 25, 2017 The exhibition at Kunsthalle Zürich will be the first comprehensive presentation of Cheryl Donegan’s work in Europe. In her films, works, and projects, Donegan investigates the idea of painting, at first seemingly backwards or amiss. If there is an ostensible and assumed lack of professionalism, it offers, in the context of painting, an alternative to marketable virtuosity, generic abstraction, and banal references. We face an oeuvre of “as if” exploring the challenging relationship between thinking…

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12CHF

John Russell

26 August - 19 November
Kunsthalle Zürich, Limmatstrasse 270, 8005 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Opening: Friday, August 25, 2017 John Russell restages ideas of total hybridity of gender, nature, man and beast in his films, images, books, and installations ranging from real to virtual and fictional filtered through literature, theory, religion, and art. His fictions emerge in the middle of anarchy, vacuum, dystopia, where everything is possible and our lives mere networks. Satire meets historical painting meets science fiction, vision, and excess, and before we know it we come face to face with a…

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September 2017
10CHF

Qubibi

9 September 2017 - 28 January 2018
MuDa, Pfingstweidstrasse 101, 8005 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Qubibi, also known as Kazumasa Teshigawara, is an artist and designer, born in 1977 in Tokyo.   +info

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