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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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November 2016
9CHF

INSIDER – OUTSIDER

9 November 2016 - 11 June 2017
Musée Visionnaire, Predigerpl. 10, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

INSIDER - OUTSIDER9. NOVEMBER 2016 - JUNE 11, 2017 The exhibition INSIDER - OUTSIDER shows over 100 works by important representatives of the art of outsider. It is common to all the protagonists and protagonists that their works are attributed either to the kind of breed, to the kind of Naïve or to the outsider art. But what does that actually mean? Who is an outsider here? Is the term Art Naïve still contemporary? When is an artist a kind…

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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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April 2017
10CHF

Gramazio Kohler

1 April - 16 July
MuDa, Pfingstweidstrasse 101, 8005 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

The two architects Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler combine the physics of architecture with digital logic. With their work, they conceive spatial relationships and contextual behavior through programming.

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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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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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12CHF

Troxler to the Power of Three

5 May - 25 June
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. Niklaus Troxler is among the most versatile poster designers of the present day. On the occasion of his 70th birthday, the museum honors him with a presentation of selected works, accompanied by posters by his daughters Annik and Paula Troxler.

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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

Pentecostal tour: Tomás Saraceno / Jürg Stäuble

4 June
Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Selnaustrasse 25, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

For each exhibition block, the Museum Haus Konstruktiv offers regular public guided tours: the public discovers the diverse world of ideas of the artists, receives background information on the current exhibitions and can look at modern and contemporary art. The guided tour is included in the museum entrance iCHF 16/12. We are looking forward to your visit.

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«Counter Space Beton-Inkubator» – Hannes Oswald & Sebastian Stich

7 June - 27 August
Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Selnaustrasse 25, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

COUNTER SPACE: STICH & OSWALD Inauguration of the COUNTERSPACE CONCRETE INCUBATOR on the PREVIOUS OF THE MUSEUM HOUSE CONSTRUCTIVE The model in real size can be visited until August 27, 2017. The concrete incubator is a thinking model, a test room, a walkable monument and a materialized utopia. It arises from the question: What lies between the fallows, gaps, vacancies of a city and a design for eternity? What could be an eternal use? The architects Hannes Oswald & Sebastian…

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Demonstration: From the hand puppet to the Javanese group

7 June
Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland + Google Map

Demonstration of different puppet types with Hana Ribi, theater researcher. Included in the price, no registration required

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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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60CHF

DIY Bit Badge Workshop

11 June
MuDa, Pfingstweidstrasse 101, 8005 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

DIY Bit Badge Workshop Sunday 2nd April 2 - 5.30pm Ages 8 - 101+ (Kids and Adults Welcome) Pixels, pixels everywhere - pixels, pixels you can wear (and make in this super cool workshop)! Pixels make up all the wonderful digital things we see all around us! Our DIY Bit Badge Workshop teaches you how to build your own super cool pixel badge that glows with your creation. Any subject of your wildest dreams (even robot faces) that light up…

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Guided tour: Tomás Saraceno / Jürg Stäuble

11 June
Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Selnaustrasse 25, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

For each exhibition block, the Museum Haus Konstruktiv offers regular public guided tours: the public discovers the diverse world of ideas of the artists, receives background information on the current exhibitions and can look at modern and contemporary art. The guided tour is included in the museum entrance CHF 16/12. We are looking forward to your visit.

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Aperomix – MuDA Zurich

13 June
MuDa, Pfingstweidstrasse 101, 8005 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Museomix CH starts with a new format in Zurich: MuseomixKids! In cooperation with MuDA, this will take place for the first time in Switzerland. Children are mixing up the museum and in the autumn holidays 2017 they can let their creativity free in the museum in 4 days under professional supervision. The first information event for all interested parties will take place on 13 June 2017 at the MuDA in Zurich in the form of an aperitif. Free drinks and…

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Panel discussion: From village to world city: the brand St. Moritz

14 June
Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland + Google Map

With Cordula Seger, cultural scientist, Dr. Hans Peter Danuser von Platen, former curatorship director of St. Moritz, now strategy consultant, author and columnist

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Guided Tour «Facetious Ideals»

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

! Tour held in German language ! The exhibition at the Park-Villa Rieter shows around 60 miniatures on the subject of «Women in Indian Painting». On display are works from 15-19. From different workshops from the foot of the Himalayas to the Dekkan. With great attention to detail, the painters adorned their wives, wrapped them in magnificent robes, and gave them delicate facial features. They do not come from real life, but represent beauty ideals and dream pictures. At the…

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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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Performance: summit storm

25 June
Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland + Google Map

An improvisational theater in the exhibition With Simone Schwegler and Sven Stickling, actor The actors go on a hike through the mountains and valleys of the Swiss tourism world. They interact with the audience as well as with the exhibition space and are inspired by the poster subjects. At 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm.

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July 2017
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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August 2017
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Scenes and Sequences – Intervention von huber.huber

16 August - 17 October
Graphische Sammlung ETH Zürich, Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Exhibition opening: Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 6.00 pm followed by summer party The Graphische Sammlung ETH Zürich has in its possession a large number of extensive sequences and series. It is always a huge challenge and an even greater responsibility for curators to make a selection. For the jubilee exhibition marking the 150th anniversary of the ETH’s Collection of Prints and Drawings the Zurich-based artist duo Markus and Reto Huber (*1975) will be taking on this delicate task. In the…

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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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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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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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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
Free

Learning to Draw – From Artist’s Training to Aesthetic Education since 1500

8 November - 23 December
Graphische Sammlung ETH Zürich, Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

In the final exhibition during the jubilee year to mark the 150th anniversary of the Graphische Sammlung ETH Zürich, the collection is being made available to a group of students from Zurich University, who will create an exhibition and exhibition catalogue on the subject of “Drawing Lessons – From Artist’s Training to Aesthetic Education since 1500”. The historical angle, which focuses on the teaching of drawing until about 1800, is contrasted with current methods at the ETH Zürich. This will…

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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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