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The well-known art museums in Zurich are: Graphic collection ETH, Johann Jacobs Museum, Kunsthalle Zurich, Kunsthaus Zürich, Migros Museum, MuDA, Museum of Design, Musée Visionnaire.

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February 2017
25CHF

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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May 2017

Schweizer Pressfoto 17

4 May - 31 July
Landesmuseum Zürich, Museumstrasse 2, Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

«Swiss Press Photo 17» is bringing together the best Swiss press photos of 2016 at the National Museum Zurich. The exhibition captures momentous events in photographic images offering unique perspectives on the year’s milestones. An international jury will choose the best-in-show photos in six different categories and the exhibition prize winners. Around 90 photos will be on display covering News, Daily Life, Swiss Stories, People, Sports and World.

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12CHF

Sigurd Leeder – Traces of Dance

5 May - 30 July
Museum für Gestaltung, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, 8005 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Although a fleeting form of art, dance often leaves behind its traces of experience that continue to exert an effect. The international dancer, teacher, and choreographer Sigurd Leeder (1902–1981) left a variety of such traces. He belonged to the reform movement of expressive dance; self-taught, through his own efforts he acquired his knowledge of movements that focus on expressiveness. Leeder regularly communicated and exchanged ideas with Rudolf von Laban, and together with Kurt Jooss devised a teaching method with unique…

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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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12CHF

CV – Michael Riedel

19 May - 12 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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Tomás Saraceno

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

The internationally acclaimed Argentine artist Tomás Saraceno (born 1973, lives and works in Berlin) will be shown for the first time with a large solo exhibition in Switzerland. With his space-filling installations, which arise at the interface between art, architecture and natural science, he questions future forms of a "more-than-human" coexistence. Vernissage 31.5.2017. From 6.45 pm: Andreas Durisch, President of the Foundation for Constructive, Concrete and Conceptual Art, and Sabine Schaschl, Director of the Museumhaus Konstruktiv

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16CHF

JÜRG STÄUBLE

31 May - 3 September
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

Counter Space Beton-Inkubator at Museum Haus Konstruktiv

7 June - 27 August
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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23CHF

Action!

23 June - 30 July
Kunsthaus, Heimplatz 1, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

After the heyday of happenings and art actions in the 1960s and 1970s, a young generation of artists is revisiting the medium of performance and expressing an interest in ephemeral and processoriented forms of art. ‘Action!’ examines this phenomenon and transforms the large exhibition gallery of the Kunsthaus into an action space with live performances, works in which visitors themselves become actors, and restagings of iconic historical performances. The focus of the exhibition is very much on the live element:…

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

29 June - 27 July
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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Alexandra Pirici: Signals

30 June - 30 July
Kunsthaus Zürich, Heimplatz 1, Zürich, 8001 Switzerland + Google Map

Filter bubbles and algorithms characterize today the information flow. What social and electronic mechanisms make it possible for information to be transmitted virally around the world, for example, a recording of holidaymakers who meet refugees on the beach? Alexandra Pirici examines these questions and gives visitors the opportunity to select the 30 most relevant stories from a selection of stories and images. The algorithms and scoring systems normally used by the big search engines turn Pirici upside down. Five performers…

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July 2017

Rimini Protokoll: Top Secret International (Staat 1)

2 July - 30 July
Kunsthaus Zürich, Heimplatz 1, Zürich, 8001 Switzerland + Google Map

In times of global surveillance scandals, alleged no-spy agreements and whistle-blower affairs, the audience in Rimini's interactive section, Top Secret International (State 1), enters the global network of state secrets and secret services - the state in the state. In the collection of the Kunsthaus Zürich, the participants - not to be distinguished from other visitors - are themselves an unobtrusive observer and secret agent. Duration: 1h 45 min. Information and reservation: http://action.kunsthaus.ch

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

2 July - 30 July
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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12CHF

Victor Carrasco

7 July - 13 August
Museum für Gestaltung, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, 8005 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

In the entrance hall of the Toni-Areal a 140 m2 wall is reserved for Museum's presentations. Since 1881, the traditional Swiss firm Ruckstuhl has been producing high-quality carpets made from natural fibers. The Spanish designer Victor Carrasco presents a project that achieves a balance between colorfulness, texture, and proportion. +info

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Three stories from Zurich

11 July - 23 December
Musée Visionnaire, Predigerpl. 10, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

We cordially invite you to the vernissage of the new exhibition "Three Stories from Zurich" in the Musée Visionnaire. Short introduction: 18.30 clock This exhibition is devoted to three urban origins, which are closely linked to Zurich and have been artistically active for many years. The Musée Visionnaire shows some of Hans Krüsi's works, which have never been seen before, from the estate in the Kunstmuseum Thurgau in Ittingen, fairy tales and comics by Emil Medardus Hagner and geometric color…

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August 2017

Comic-Strip by Serpentina Hagner

24 August
Musée Visionnaire, Predigerpl. 10, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Serpentina Hagner drew the adventurous life story of Father Emil Medardus Hagner. A story full of wit, tragedy and cunning. They have opted for the transitories that were in the first years of the 20th century. One of the main characters of this biography, Emil Hagner's grandmother Pauline, fascinates with her unrivaled temperament, her energy and her perversity with which she fights a rich industrialist. Serpentina Hagner, * 1956, lives in Zurich and has been drawing comics since 1993 as…

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12CHF

Design Studio: Processes

25 August 2017 - 7 October 2018
Museum für Gestaltung, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, 8005 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

How is a chair, a lamp, or a typeface developed? How do designers approach the design process? What kind of cultural and social relevance does design have? The Museum für Gestaltung is launching the Design Studio as a place for active examination, where current and historical design themes can be discussed and tested by visitors themselves. By focusing on processes, the museum presents the contexts in design through exemplary models, projects, and designs, and illustrates the procedures in both design…

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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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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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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
12CHF

Highlights ZHdK

2 September - 21 September
Museum für Gestaltung, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, 8005 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

The museum is contributing an exhibition featuring design work and visual art to the general ZHdK Highlights program of concerts, performances, and presentations. +info

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25CHF

The long night of museums

2 September
Zürich, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

The LONG NIGHT 2016 is over. It was a cozy late summer night, when thousands of visitors were able to enjoy the varied offerings of the Zurich museums and visited a wide range of collections, permanent and special exhibitions. On Saturday, September 2nd, 2017 it is time again. In the Long Night of the Zurich Museums, the approach routes should be short. The VBZ Züri line supports good ideas and contributes to the fact that you can enjoy the culture…

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Lecture: The Amazons of stage design

6 September
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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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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October 2017
12CHF

The Happy Show – Stefan Sagmeister

28 October 2017 - 11 March 2018
Museum für Gestaltung, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, 8005 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

What is happiness, who can find it, and what can we do for our personal luck? New York-based graphic designer and typographer Stefan Sagmeister has intensively investigated these big questions. “The Happy Show” presents the results of his personal research into happiness. Highly emotional information graphics, video documents of his individual experiments, or installations that visitors can participate in: the Austrian designer’s sensual image worlds encourage the public to increase their own feeling of happiness. With handwritten comments left on…

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MyCollection – Stefan Sagmeister

28 October 2017 - 11 March 2018
Museum für Gestaltung, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, 8005 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

The Museum für Gestaltung has amassed over 500,000 objects in its collections. This immense repertoire serves as a basis for the project series MyCollection, a new version of which is now presented by Stefan Sagmeister. The Austrian graphic designer is currently examining the theme of “Beauty”. Having taken a thorough look in the archive, he presents his personal selection of objects from the collection and comments on them. They include pieces that are generally regarded as well-designed and beautiful. Sagmeister…

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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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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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