Art and Culture in Zurich – the Kunsthaus, Helmhaus, AB Gallery and more…

The Kunsthaus

Everyone knows that the Kunsthaus in Zurich houses a fabulous art collection. At the moment current exhibitions include Paul Gaugin “The Prints”, which has been extended to 27th January, so you still have an opportunity to view it if you haven’t already. There is also an exhibition of work by Ferdinand Hodler, a Swiss painter from the late19th early 20th Century, which has just opened and will continue till 17th March. “Giacometti, The Donations” exhibition is also on until 17th February. The Kunsthaus is currently undergoing an extension designed by David Chipperfield Architects, which is due to be completed in 2017, allowing it the space to exhibit lots more work.

Giacometti The Donations at the Kunsthaus Zurich

Entry to the Kunsthaus is CHF 18 for adults and CHF 12 for concessions but it’s good to note that under 16s are admitted free of charge and as we’ve mentioned previously, there is free entry for everyone on Wednesdays. The Kunsthaus is open Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday from 10am to 6 pm and Wednesday to Friday 10 am–8 pm. It is closed on Mondays.

The Helmhaus Museum

The Helmhaus Museum in Zurich shows a lot of contemporary art, usually by Swiss artists. The current exhibition is entitled “Nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel” (After the game is before the game) and runs till the 27th January featuring work from the following artists: Anna Maria Bauer, Frank Bischof, Gabi Deutsch, Mark Divo, Cris Faria, Stella Glitter, Florence Jung, Björn Magnusson, Asia Andrzejka Naveen, PARK (Clarissa Herbst, Mario Marchisella, Dominique Rust, Michael Wolf), David Siepert. Entrance is free and the exhibition is open 10am – 6pm Tuesday to Sunday with late Thursdays till 8pm. Closed on Mondays. For more information.

Shahriar Ahmadi at the AB Gallery 6th February – 16th March

A selection of paintings by the Iranian artist Shahriar Ahmadi will be showcased at an exhibition at the AB Gallery in Zurich from the 6th February to 16th March. Ahmadi’s works often feature bold vibrant colours and are inspired by his Persian and historical heritage.  Works from his latest collection Kiss will be on display at the exhibition.

A work by Shahriar Ahmadi

The Kiss Exhibition by Shahriar Ahmadi at the AB Gallery in Klausstrasse 23, 8008 Zurich is open Wednesday to Friday from 12 noon – 6 pm and by appointment. For more information view the website.

You are invited to an Apero on Friday 6th from 5.30 – 8pm to view the collection.

Painting by Shahriar Ahmadi

Joanne Finnegan Mountain Paintings 2nd February – 30th March

Don’t forget, NewInZurich friend, Joanne Finnegan, will be exhibiting her paintings of Swiss Mountains at the American Women’s Club in Schoentalstrasse 8 in Zurich from  February 2nd to March 30th. She will be having a Vernissage on February 2nd from 6:30 to 9pm. For more information.

Joanne Finnegan mountain paintings Photos: Kunsthaus, Shahriar Ahmadi AB Gallery, Joanne Finnegan

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Social Media Marketing in Zurich – Ashley Ringger of Set Sails Media

Some of you missed the recent article we wrote about Ashley Ringger of Set Sails Media, so as it is the beginning of the New Year and some of you have expressed an interest in wanting to learn more about Social Media for your job or for your business,  why not read what Ashley Ringger of Set Sails Media has to say about her business which focuses on social media, content management and marketing. Why not get in touch with Ashley too for your FREE consultation. This article is also filed on the website under “Guest Blogs”.

Ashley Ringger, Set Sails Media, www.NewInZurich.com

NewInZurich: How new are you and Set Sails Media to Zurich?

Ashley Ringger: I’ve lived in Switzerland for three years and in Zurich for about two of those years. So I am still relatively new to Zurich. Living in Switzerland has been a bit of a transition as I come from California, but I’ve had some really great experiences in that short amount of time. Some of which I would have never had back home. One of them being starting my own business. Set Sails Media is still very new to Zurich – less than a year old in fact.

NiZ: Where did the inspiration for Set Sails Media come from?

Ashley: When I came to Zurich I started networking with other professionals in the area and realized there was a recurring question of “What is social media marketing and how can it help my brand?”. I’ve worked in general and social media marketing for several years and have studied human behavior and felt that I might be able to answer this question and offer my knowledge as a service to others. Social media marketing is often called “the modern day word of mouth” and I felt that business owners should have the chance to utilize all that Facebook, Twitter and the like offer.

NiZ: Why did you choose the name “Set Sails” for your business?

Ashley: There are a few reasons for the name. When a new business is starting out, they need to fill the sails of their metaphorical business ship to move forward. I want to help businesses set their sails in the direction of success. “Sails” is also synonymous with “sales” which is also really important for a business. And I also have a personal connection to the ocean having grown up close to it.

NiZ: Who could benefit the most from your services?

Ashley: I target my services to small businesses and those who are their brand – artists, therapists, tour guides. I would say that anyone who has a service or product they want to market, I could help them lay the groundwork. Even those who has started their marketing and just need a clearer direction, I can help them “reset their sails” so to speak.

NiZ: What are your services?

Ashley: Social media marketing management is my main focus, but I also do brainstorming and strategy development, content writing for blogs and newsletters, public relations and training. If there is something I can’t do, I usually know someone I can refer my clients to.

NiZ: What do businesses struggle with the most in regards to social media?

Ashley: One common barrier to successful social media is time. A business owner has so many things to worry about that finding the time to write content, post it and follow-up with fans can be overwhelming. Many of my clients rely on me to source information, post it in the “personality” of their business and monitor to see how fans react. And it doesn’t stop there. Social media is indeed social! You have to develop relationships with others online just like you would in person. This means being consistent and relevant to what’s going on in your industry

To get in touch with Ashley for your FREE consultation, visit Set Sails Media’s website or email her: ashley@setsailsmedia.com

This Weekend In Zurich … heading for the New Year!

Weather Zurich

 

 

 

 

After a dull, rainy day in Zurich on Friday the forecast is for a little sunshine this weekend – so perhaps a chance to go for a hike, stroll round town, get to the shops and check out the sales?  If you want to know the shopping hours do take a look at our NewInZurich Christmas / New Year Shopping Guide to check the dates as there are special opening times around the New Year’s holiday. Or why not head for the ski slopes and get some skiing in? Or perhaps you fancy going to see a circus or a show? There are still a few tickets left for Salto Natale before it ends its run on 2nd January and also for Swiss Christmas in Oerlikon. We have some more details about the shows in a previous post which you might like to read.

Salto Natale Zurich

Maybe though, you fancy relaxing after all the festivities of the past few days and you’re planning on saving yourself for a great party atmosphere in town with the firework display in Zurich on New Year’s Eve.  Click here to read all about Zurich’s New Year celebrations.

New Year's Fireworks in Zurich

 

 

 

 

 

 

And just to prove that we did have some good weather earlier in the week, here is a view taken from just outside Zurich. Have a great week whatever you do! We wish you a “guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!” Happy 2013!

View over the mountains from Zurich

Spotlight Zumikon

Today we’re taking a look outside Zurich for a change and covering some interesting events taking place in 8126 Zumikon over the next couple of weeks.

Florita Flowers Zumikon, Florists

On Monday 19th November there is a Vernissage at Florita, the florists in the Dorfplatz in Zumikon highlighting all the special Christmas decorations, wreaths, flower arrangements and more to help make your Christmas really special.  The “Adventvernissage” takes place in the shop itself from 4pm – 8pm.  Why not pop by for a spot of inspiration?

Andre Beccio, Galerie Milchhuette Zumikon

On Wednesday 21st November Andre Becchio is presenting an exhibition entitled “Objekte in Holz”, “Objects in Wood” at the Galerie Milchhuette in Zumikon from 6pm until 8pm and on Thursday 22nd there will be the “Finissage” of the exhibition from 6pm – 8pm. For more information.

On Saturday 24th there is a Christmas wine tasting event at the Triangel Restaurant in Zumikon from 11am to 4pm organised by Real Wines.  Admission is free.  Why not drop in to sample a glass or two?

On Saturday 24th November and Tuesday 27th November there are “Young Engineers” trial workshops taking place at Gymboree in Zumikon aimed at children aged 5 to 10 years old helping them explore engineering, physics and maths in a fun environment. For more information

ICS Christmas Market Zumikon

On Thursday 29th November there is the annual ICS Christmas Market taking place in the Gemeindesaal in Zumikon Dorfplatz from 11am till 6pm.  There will be a raffle, tombola, stalls selling jewellery, clothes, cookies, cakes and more.  Most of all there will be an amazing selection of presents for all the family.  Don’t miss this great event! Free entry and everyone welcome! All proceeds will be going to two charities: the the SMD School in Nepal which gives an education to children from villages in the Himalayas who would not otherwise receive one, and to Sozialwerke Pfarrer Sieben which works with the homeless and vulnerable in Zurich.

ICS Christmas Market, Zumikon

Open Day at the Kunsthaus in Zurich – free entrance 27th October 2012 – Tag der Offenen Tur

This coming Saturday 27th October is a special day at the Kunsthaus in Zurich as they are having an open day for which they are laying on a special programme featuring particular exhibits, guided tours throughout the building, previews of the new extension, music, readings and quizzes and lots more! You can even take a peek behind the scenes of the gallery itself. What’s more – entrance is free!   Don’t miss a great day out for the whole family!

For more information (in German only as this does not appear on the English version of the webiste) click here: And for a programme of the day’s events (also in German) click here:programmheft_tag_der_offenen_tuer2012

Photo: Kunsthaus Zurich

LUMAS Zurich – Night Lights Exhibition

Photo: ©Sandra Rauch, www.lumas.ch

If you enjoy photography this is one not to miss! From 19th October to the 4th November, LUMAS Zürich is hosting an exhibition featuring photography that highlights the mysterious interplay of darkness and light in the most dazzling cities of the world. The normal daytime city streets and architecture become exciting and colourful after dark offering an insight into a different world. This fabulous photographic exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through the world of the night by six artists, H.G., Esch, Christophe Jacrot, Stephen Haley, Sandra Rauch, Horst & Daniel Zielske in a most fascinating way. The gallery is in Marktgasse 9 in Zurich and the opening times are Monday to Friday 10 – 7pm , Saturday 10 – 6pm and Sunday 1pm – 6pm. The Vernissage takes place on Thursday 18th October from 7pm – 9pm. Entry free. For more information (in German) and to view the website click here.

Photo courtesy: http://www.Lumas.ch

Clothes, Music, Circus, Food … in Zurich this week

A few things going on this week that you might be interested in:

There is a sale of “Trendies” and “Maysense” clothing for both children and women taking place at Zollikon Gemindesaal today and on Thursday 4th October from 9.30 – 18.00. Do take a look and see if you can snap up some bargains.

This Saturday 6th October an Indie rock band from the UK called the Skinny Machines is playing at the Big Ben pub near Hardbrucke in the evening from around 8pm onwards.  Entrance is free and if you want to find out more about them please click here. 
Skinny Machines in Zurich on www.newinzurich.com

Don’t miss all the fun of the fair as Circus Monti is on for a few more days until Sunday 7th October with trapeze artists, clowns and acrobats from all over the world. The circus takes place in a big top located at Kasernenareal in Zurich and for more information and to book tickets click here.

The food and wine festival “Gourmesse.ch” is taking place from this Friday 5th – Monday 8th at the Kongresshaus in Zurich.  More information to follow in our next post.

More Cow Parades down the Mountains in Switzerland

If you haven’t made it to the mountains to watch one of the “Aplabfahrt” or “Alpabzug” where the cows come down the mountains and parade through the streets after spending the Summer months on the higher pastures it’s still not too late.

“Colourful headgear – what all well dressed cows are wearing this time of year!”        Which one is your favourite?

Last Saturday we visited the Alpabzug in Flumserberg and watched as the beautifully decorated cows with their flowers and ribbons paraded through the streets to the waiting crowds. There was a carnival atmosphere in the village as both locals and visitors alike congregated in the marquee to taste local delicacies with or without one of the highly alcoholic “Kafi Uberraschungs” that were on offer. As soon as the cows arrived the crowds rushed on to the streets to welcome the cows home with the accompanying herdsmen dressed in traditional costume.

Even the locals didn’t want to be outdone in the hat department:

There was also a Cheese Market featuring cheeses made from local milk.

This Saturday  29th September, the Alpabzug in Engelberg takes place at 10 – 12 at Viktoriagärtli with the market going on from 10 till 5pm.

The Alpabzug in Elm takes place on 7th October at 14.30pm in Elm. Again lots of traditional costumes, decorated cows and plenty of fun. More information can be found on Elm’s website.

Photos: © NewInZurich

Swiss Webcams – over 1,400 webcams all over Switzerland

Ever thought of making a journey but not sure what the weather would be like at the other end? Or you have a destination in mind but would like to take a peek first.  Then swisswebcams.ch website is definitely for you.

With over 1,400 Swiss landscapes there is almost certainly a webcam close to  the area you are thinking of visiting.  For example, if you wanted to look at lakes in the Zurich area, simply  search on this criteria et voila:

Additional webcams are being added all the time and they cover cities, villages, golf courses, camping sites and lots more. In fact this “insider view” is particularly useful in the ski season when the weather you are leaving behind can be totally different to that in your intended destination!

Photos: Swisswebcams.ch

Slow Up 2012 along Lake Zurich from Meilen to Rapperswil and Schmerikon

Did you cycle, skate, walk or run in the Slow Up on Sunday? The sun was shining and there were all forms of non-motorised transport on display – even a horse and trap.

Slow Up Zurich 2012 from Meilen to Rapperswil, NewInZurich.comIf you missed this event or if you enjoyed it and want to take part in another Slow Up please check here for details of the next Slow Up event which takes place in Schwyz – Swiss Knife Valley.  In fact there are Slow Up events all over Switzerland.  We are at the end of the 2012 schedule but check on this link for details for the rest of the year and for future events next year.

Slow Up 2012 in Rapperswil, NewinZurich.com

Refreshment stops on the Slow Up 2012 from Meilen to Rapperswil, NewInZurich.com

The Slow Up also passed through one of the many “chilbis”taking place all over the Zurich region at this time of year.  This one was in Mannerdorf.

Chilbi in Maennerdorf, Slow Up through Maennerdorf 2012, NewInZurich.com