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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
CHF16

A Forgotten Maverick — Marlow Moss

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

The British artist Marlow Moss (born 1889 in Kilburn, London, died 1958 in Penzance, Cornwall) is one of the few representatives of constructive art of the first hour. In 1919 Marjorie Jewel, a rebel against traditional art and gender, took her female baptism name Marjorie Jewel and called Marlow, she cut her hair short, and began to wear riding trousers and shirt. Her art is inspired by Piet Mondrian's neoplasticism, which she expands in relief and sculptures. One of their…

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CHF25

Osiris – The sunken secret of Egypt

10 February - 12 August
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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April 2017
Free

Artist talk with Peter Emch

4 April @ 12:30 - 13:15
Helmhaus Zürich, Limmatquai 31, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Talks with Peter Emch, who is represented in the exhibition "Eternal Presence" and shows his coverings of Chinese woodcuts from the 18th century by Leng Mei. +info

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Free

The Osiris Mysteries – Mit Kurator Franck Goddio (in Englisch)

5 April @ 19:30 - 20:30
Museum Rietberg, Gablerstrasse 15, 8002 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Two important ancient Egyptian cities have been discovered underwater: Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus. They have been totally submerged due to natural catastrophes. The Mysteries of Osiris: The Mysteries of Osiris. The Mysteries of Osiris. The discovery and the archaeological excavations of these sites. Lecture about the exhibition: «Osiris - The Lost Secret of Egypt» Www.osiris-zuerich.ch More information at: www.rietberg.ch/agenda +info

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May 2017
CHF23

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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June 2017

Under the eyes of the public. Otto Münch – Sculptor, image

6 June
Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaft (SIK-ISEA), Zollikerstrasse 32, Zürich, 8032 Switzerland + Google Map

!In German language Department of lic. phil. Thomas Müller, Cantonal Heritage Conservation Zurich, Head of Documentation Participation in the event is free, no registration is required. Otto Münch (1885-1965), a Saxon-born artist from Saxony, has left an extensive oeuvre that is omnipresent in the Limmatstadt and beyond. During more than 50 years in the former studio of Arnold Böcklin in Zurich-Hottingen outstanding works, of which the bronze doors at the Zurich Grossmünster are the most important. MOre: http://www.sik-isea.ch/de-ch/Aktuell/Aktuell/Veranstaltungen/Archives-on-Stage-Otto-Münch Picture: In…

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Family workshop: Isis und Osiris

10 June
Museum Rietberg Zürich, Gablerstrasse 15, Zürich, 8002 Switzerland + Google Map

What underwater explorers had harbored and restored from the depths of the sea off the coast of Egypt had been lost for centuries. Today the objects tell us the myth about the deities of Isis and Osiris. The ceremonies in honor of the dead Osiris returned to life play an important role. After the exhibition visit, the participants create their own underwater world with hidden treasure in the studio. For children from 5 years. Meeting point: Emerald CHF 10 /…

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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
CHF23

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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September 2017

Full moon tea ceremony

6 September
Museum Rietberg Zürich, Gablerstrasse 15, Zürich, 8002 Switzerland + Google Map

In Japan the autumn full moon is called the most beautiful moon in the whole year. Already a thousand years ago this full moon night at the imperial court was celebrated with music, poems and a tea ceremony. With teamaster Soyu Mukai Read more: bit.ly/2w9MXEy

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Public Lecture: «Conversing with the Gods»

8 September
Museum Rietberg Zürich, Gablerstrasse 15, Zürich, 8002 Switzerland + Google Map

The lecture revolves around the artistic journey of the 18th century painter Manaku, who came from a family of artists that lived in a little village in the hills of nothern India. Endowed with soaring imagination and great painterly skills, Manaku (meaning 'ruby') was capable of painting giant rings of time upon timeless waters, envisioning the world of gods and demons littered with cosmic battles and earthly triumphs, but also gazing, with tender eyes, upon the world of two lovers.…

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“Othello” – Kathakali meets Shakespeare

23 September
Museum Rietberg Zürich, Gablerstrasse 15, Zürich, 8002 Switzerland + Google Map

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 -…

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