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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Things to Do in Zurich This Weekend and What’s Coming Soon

The Event and Wedding Fair in Oerlikon

The Event and Wedding Fair takes place at the Messe in Oerlikon on 12th and 13th January from 10am – 6pm each day.  It’s not just aimed at those who are getting married. Whether you’re planning a wedding, a party or an event, or simply want to get some inspiration there is plenty of food for thought.  For more information check out our previous post.

Wedding Fair at the Messe in Oerlikon

The Meiyintang Collection of Cinese Ceramics at the Rietberg Museum

After the six-month rebuilding programme, the Museum Rietberg reopens its Chinese collection with the presentation of more than 600 objects from the world-famous Meiyintang Collection of Chinese ceramics in the splendid, freshly refurbished galleries. Among other treasures, the collection includes eggshell-thin cups from the Neolithic period, colour-glazed horses and magnificent vessels from the Tang dynasty, as well as exquisite bowls with transparent glaze from the Song period. The exhibition opened on 11th January.  For more information.

Meiyintang Chinese Ceramics at Museum Rietberg

Chavin Exhibition at the Rietberg Museum

Also at at the Rietberg the Chavin Exhibition  explores Peru’s mysterious temples in the Andes and runs till the 10th March.  Click here for a video sampler and more information on the exhibition.

Chavin Exhibition Zurich

Paul Gaugin at the Kunsthaus

“The Prints” exhibition showing work by Paul Gaugin is on at the Kunsthaus till 20th January. Click here to read our previous post.

Skiing

The forecast looks ok for a good weekend skiing but do check out our Practical Info page to  see the latest on al the nearest ski resorts to Zurich and check the webcams before you set off too!

Skiing in Flumserberg

COMING SOON:

The Mercedes-CSI horse show “Golden Moments” 25th – 27th January

Mercedes Benz CSI Golden Moments

This is an equestrian show with a difference and it also features the CSI “expo” or exhibition, with lots of attractions for the whole family. If you’re interested in learning more about the type of entertainment on offer check out this video. Tickets start at CHF 68 – so for the horse lovers amongst you, do take a look here.

British artist Joanne Finnegan’s First Major Solo Exhibition

Joanne Finnegan has her first major solo exhibition at the American Women’s Club Zurich on February 2nd to March 30th. Joanne’s paintings highlight the beauty of the Swiss Alps through vibrant, strong colours and on February 2nd she has the opening Vernissage from 6:30 to 9pm. www.joannefinnegan.com

Joanne Finnegan paintingsOrel Fussli’s Book Club Event in English – Kazuo Ishiguro “Never Let Me Go”

Join a discussion about this highly praised novel. From the acclaimed author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, a moving novel that subtly re-imagines our world and time in a haunting story of friendship and love . Moderation by Jill Prewett (of Nuance Words, columnist and author of “Behind Closed Doors” and “Raw Material”). This free event will take place at Orell Füssli at 8.30pm on 31st January at The Bookshop, Bahnhofstrasse 70, 8001 Zürich. There is also a free Greek Olive Oil and delicatessen tasting event in the Cooking Department at another Orell Fuessli shop in Kramhof on Saturday 12th, 19th and 26th from 10am – 6pm. For more information.

Book Club Event at Orell Fussli

Chagall, Modern Masters at the Kunsthaus

Also showing is “Chagall, Modern Master” which runs from 8th February – 12th May at the Kunsthaus Zürich. it features some 90 paintings by Marc Chagall (1887–1985), one of the best known and most popular artists of the 20th century. His images of Russian village life, floating figures, flying cows and roosters are world-famous.The exhibition focuses on the period 1911 to 1922 – a formative era in Chagall’s artistic career. It covers his sojourn in Paris before the First World War, his trip to Berlin and his exhibition there in 1914 at the Galerie Der Sturm, as well as the period spent in his native Russia. In addition to normal opening hours, the Chagall exhibition is also open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Marc Chagall Exhibition at the Kunsthaus

For more information check here.

Cinema

And if you just fancy taking it easy and watching a good film at the cinema, check here to see what films are running.

Photo credits: Event and Wedding Fair, Zurich Kunsthaus, Museum Rietberg, CSI Mercedes, Joane Finnegan, NewInZurich

British, American and Romanian Artists at Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever visited the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst?  Now is a great time to go as with the newly renovated Löwenbräukunst-Areal, the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst finally has a permanent framework for its temporary collections.The first three collections are dedicated to contemporary work in sculpture. The first collection features works by British artists Phyllida Barlow and Mark Leckey, and American scultptor Jimmie Durham and Romanian artist Daniel Knorr.

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

 

 

 

 

 

In fact if you fancy learning a little more about the Museum, and practising your German at the same time, there is a curator’s tour of the Museum (in German) taking place this Thursday 22nd November at 6.30pm, led by the Director of the Museum, Heike Munder.

The Museum itself is located at: Limmatstrasse 270, 8005 Zurich

Photos: courtesy of  Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

Edward Degas Exhibition at Fondation Beyeler in Basel till January

Degas Exhibition, FOndation Beyler, Basel

Fancy a trip outside Zurich to see some of the work by the acclaimed artist Edward Degas? Until the 27th January his work will be on show at the Fondation Beyeler in Basel.

Alongside van Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin, Edgar Degas (1834-1917) is considered one of the major pioneers of modern art. Yet Degas exhibitions are a rare occurrence. After putting Impressionism behind him in about 1880, Degas reached the undoubted culmination of his art in his daring and unique late work. The Fondation Beyeler’s comprehensive exhibition is devoted to this late work with its richness of techniques and motifs, presenting renowned depictions of dancers and jockeys, female nudes and landscapes.

There is even a “Degas Soirée” on December 7th 2012  from 6pm – 9 pm with reduced admission fees for visitors up to age 25 as well a “curator’s tour” in German too.  To read more about this click here. Alternatively you could sign up for the special tour of the collection together with a 3 course meal at the gallery.  For tickets click here.

Photos: MySwitzerland.com and Fondation Beyeler

6 Things to do in Zurich this Weekend!

Lots going on this weekend in and around Zurich and it looks like it will be a good one whether it snows or not. A few things to keep you busy:

1. Open Day (Tag der Offenen Tur) at Zurich Kunsthaus – the gallery is open to everyone for free and lots of special activities including music, tours, competitions etc will be laid on to entertain you and please scroll down to our previous post on this topic for more information. Don’t miss this great opportunity: kunsthaus.ch

Photo: Kunsthaus.ch

2. Continuing with the “art theme” there is also the exhibition of young Swiss artists in Winterthur jungkunst.ch which looks like a great occasion to view aspiring Swiss artists in a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy, music, shopping and food and drink. Love this picture by Alain Poussot:

3. Jelmoli Style Days continue with a Family Day in the children’s department with special offers, family photo shoots, a special family breakfast in the newly opened Sopra restaurant and 10% discount on many items across the whole store.

4. On Saturday evening there will be an “apocalyptic evening of fun and food” with a reading in English by Justin Cronin, author of “The Twelve” at Orell Fuessli bookstore at 8:00 p.m. Entrance free. For more information click here. This is part of the “Zurich Liest ’12” initiative which you may have seen advertised on billboards around Zurich.  From October 25th to 28th, the international literary festival «Zürich liest 2012» there will be 140 literary events and more than 200 writers from Switzerland, Germany, Europe and overseas in Zurich and Winterthur «Zürich liest» is a well-known literary festival in the German-speaking world and project is run by the Zurich booksellers and editors association (www.zbvv.ch).For more info in English click here: Zurich Liest ’12

5. On Sunday there is the Family Halloween Day at the Jucker Pumpkin Farm in Seegraben from 11am till 5pm.  For more information scroll down to our previous post on the pumpkin farm and it’s “Olympic”pumpkin exhibition or click here to go to the website (in German)

Photo: Jucker Farm

6. And if you’re feeling thirsty why not taste some wine at the Coop Weinmesse at the Schuetzenhaus in Albisguetli.  It’s closed on Sunday but it is open on Saturday 27th from 2pm – 10pm. For free entrance (worth CHF 20) click on this link and download the coupon under the Zurich Albisguetli heading. Prost!

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

British art at the Kunsthalle & Zurich Art at Helmhaus

With the International Art Festival starting in Zurich next Friday and the art theme in mind, you might be interested to know that British artist Helen Marten has an exhibition at the Kunshthalle Zurich entitled “Almost the Exact Shape of Florida” which runs until the 4th November. Marten has created a group of works interweaving diverse forms of media – from sculptures to wall pieces and floor works – all in a comprehensive exhibition. Marten pokes fun at the idea of ownership and dishonesty in materials, the relationship of object to artefact and of package to product.

OPENING HOURS:
TUE/WE/FRI 12–6 PM, THUR 12–8 PM, SAT/SUN 11 AM–5 PM, MO CLOSED Further information and images available on request by telephone 0041 44 272 15 15 or e-mail presse@kunsthallezurich.chAnd at the Helmhaus exhibition in Zurich entitled X-Malerei there are 150 works encompassing various aspects of Zurich painting. Some pieces are old, some new, some familiar and others forgotten. The X in the title represents the power of seeing things from different perspectives. The exhibition features the work of the following artists:

Tina Braegger, Florian Bühler, Prafull Davé, El Frauenfelder, Clare Goodwin, Bettina Graf, Dieter Hall, Christoph Hänsli, Valentin Hauri, Jahanguir, Vera Ida Müller, Ann Nelson, Giampaolo Russo. For more information (in German) click here. Helmhaus is situated at Limmatquai 31, 8001 Zurich and the exhibition is open Tuesday – Sunday from 10am – 6pm and on Thursday from 10am till 8pm. Closed on Mondays. Entrance free.

 

In and around Zurich this Weekend….

Here’s a quick round up of things on in and around Zurich this weekend:

On Sunday 7th there is the Alpabfahrt in Elm at 2.30pm.  For more information click here.

Circus Monti is on 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 Gourmesse.ch – fine food and wine from all over Switzerland in Zurich is on at the Kongresshaus todayfrom 11am to 9pm and on Sunday 7th and Monday 8th from 11am – 8pm.  As well as food, wine and champagne tastings, there are also show kitchens with top chefs demonstrating their skills and there are restaurants there too.

The Zurich Bierfest is on at Zurich Hauptbahnof until Saturday 13th October with plenty of beer a fun atmosphere.  It’s advisable to make reservations if you can but there are sometimes seats availble if you’re passing by.  For more information and to make a booking click here.

Or why not visit the Museum of Rietberg and see the exhibition of Women in Japanese Woodblock prints which runs till 14th October?

Long Night of the Museums – Die Lange Nacht der Zuercher Museen

Next Saturday 1st September the “Long night of the Museums” begins in Zurich at 7pm. It means that with one ticket costing just 25 CHF you have the opportunity to visit up to 40 museums in Zurich.  Well, ok, that’s probably not physically possible – but you should be able to visit a few!  The 40 Museums taking part are listed below, simply click on each one to learn more.  Alternatively click here to find out more about the event (in German). The ticket also includes public transport within Zone 10 (and the night supplement too if you stay out long enough!)  and there will be dedicated “museum trams” for the evening. In addition, there will be special events laid on at many of the museums. Tip: Take time to plan your route once you’ve decided which ones to visit, and be aware that some museums have limited capacity and get booked up early! Please note that Migros Contemporary Art Museum has had to withdraw from the event. Enjoy the night!