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.
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…Find out more »
Sadanam Balakrishnan, one of the probably most important contemporary masters of this ancient art form, travels to Zurich with his internationally acclaimed ensemble for two guest appearances exclusively at the Museum Rietberg. In this unforgettable theater performance Kathakali meets Shakespeare. The unusual encounter of a western theater icon with top artists of Indian dance tradition. Introduction in German by Pavel Jiracek, operatic dramaturge "Kathakali" Colors, drama, music and dance: Kathakali is one of the classical theater traditions of South India -…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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).Find out more »