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We define historical art as art, which is more than 100 years old. You will also find exhibitions of 20th century avant garde in this category.

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February 2017
25CHF

Osiris – The sunken secret of Egypt

10 February - 16 July
Museum Rietberg, Gablerstrasse 15, 8002 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

This spectacular exhibition shows 300 statues and ritual objects, sarcophagi and idols from sixteen centuries retrieved from the depths of the Mediterranean off the Egyptian coast. The exhibits originate from the legendary cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, which became submerged in the eighth century AD. They provide answers to many age-old questions. The exhibition tells the mythical story of Osiris, the Egyptian God of rebirth, ruler of the underworld and hero of a mystical cult. It describes the sensational archaeological…

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May 2017
23CHF

Mexican Graphic Art

19 May - 27 August
Kunsthaus, Heimplatz 1, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Who said the Kunsthaus only holds Swiss art? A collection of Mexican graphic art donated to the Kunsthaus Zürich by the Swiss photographer Armin Haab comprises works by 65 artists who were born or lived in Mexico. Now, an exhibition presents selected pieces from this collection, centring on important prints produced in a variety of techniques from the late 19th century to the 1970s. Many of these works on paper are being shown for the first time in Switzerland. They…

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July 2017

Tanabata «Starfestival»

1 July
Museum Rietberg Zürich, Gablerstrasse 15, Zürich, 8002 Switzerland + Google Map

Tanabata, the "Starfestival", is celebrated in Japan on July 7th. The festival has its origin in an old love story, in which a pair of lovers is separated by the Milchstrasse. Children and adults write a wish on a piece of paper. Attached to bamboo branches, it is to be fulfilled. The following 5 stations are offered at the festival: Japanese tea ceremony, crafting a bamboo toy, Yo Yo (water balloon) game, writing the wish list and the Tanabata story…

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30CHF

Indian Concert

2 July
Museum Rietberg Zürich, Gablerstrasse 15, Zürich, 8002 Switzerland + Google Map

The virtuosic singer Mitali Banerjee Bhawmik is regarded as an expert in classical Hindu music. Already at an early age she completed her vocal training and expanded her style with the teaching of the famous violinist Pandit V. G. Jog. The art of uniting different Gharanas together brings forth the brilliance of their knowledge learned by V.G. Jog. Far above the borders of India the singer appears in Asia, the USA and Europe and is now to be heard for…

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August 2017
23CHF

Cantastorie

25 August - 8 October
Kunsthaus, Heimplatz 1, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

The precious ‘Cantastorie’, a fascinating and unknown accumulation of images and image cycles, were handed down from one generation to the next in two families of minstrels and puppeteers from Naples and Foggia who used them to place great cultural issues literally before an audience. In a way they were the first comics, full of beautiful princesses, valiant knights, chaotic battles, gruesome tales and voracious monsters. Some 100 magnificently colourful masterpieces of folk art created in the first decades of…

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November 2017
23CHF

Praised and ridiculed French painting 1820 – 1880

10 November 2017 - 28 January 2018
Kunsthaus, Heimplatz 1, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, ‘plein air’ painting, Impressionism – these are still the main stylistic labels attached in the German-speaking world to French painting of the 19th century. The artists working in those styles – figures such as Géricault, Delacroix, Corot, Daumier, Millet, Courbet, Manet, Sisley, Monet and Renoir – turned their backs on the officially sanctioned painting of the era, with its academic and neoclassicist style. Yet despite their revolutionary approaches, many of them still adhered to tradition. Highly controversial…

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7CHF

The stratifications of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

30 November 2017 - 30 November 2018
Johann Jacobs Museum, Seefeldquai 17, 8034 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Using archaeological, ethnographic and cartographic methods, Tiffany Chung examines changes caused by war, human destruction, or natural catastrophes. Their deceptively beautiful maps and accumulations of finds unleash the experiences that extend under destroyed topographies like Saigon or Aleppo. (What can not be reconstructed in reality can bring art to light).

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