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 Dreikönigstag

Dreikönigstag – 6th January

This weekend it is Epiphany on Sunday 6th January, which is celebrated in Switzerland with the baking of the special Dreikönigskuchen, or “Three Kings” bread. The bread is actually made of balls of sweet dough, sometimes with raisins, stuck to a central larger piece of dough to make a kind of “crown shape” and baked in the oven. Tradition has it, that if you are lucky enough to find a small king (usually the small white plastic kind!) in your piece of bread, you get to be crowned “King for the Day”  and can be absolved of washing up and clearing and other household chores for the day  … AND you get to wear a paper crown for the day too! Good luck and enjoy your rule!

Dreikönigskuchen

6th January is also the traditional day for taking down your Christmas decorations and tree. Check with your recycling / rubbish calendar as sometimes you can leave your tree out in the street for collection / recycling.

Photo13 Exhibition at the Maag Haalle

Photo13 takes place at the Maag Halle in Zurich, near Hardbrücke until the 8th January from 11am – 8pm each day. It is a great opportunity to view some fabulous photography and there are also lectures on photography from famous and world-renowned photographers. Entrance cost CHF 15 (lectures extra). For further information read our previous post about the event or check the website.

Photo13 Zurich

Free Ice Skating – “Gratis Auf Glatteis”

Heuried and Oerlikon ice rinks are offering another “Gratis auf Glatteis” ice skating event at their ice rinks this Sunday from 10am – 7pm. So if you’ve never been before and wanted to try it out for free – why not take advantage this Sunday 6th? Not only is the entrance free, but the skate hire too. If the previous event they had in November is anything to go by, this is sure to be a popular event! For more details (in German) check the website.

Paul Gaugin at the Kunsthaus

If you fancy visiting a museum or art gallery why not pop into the Kunsthaus to view “the Prints” exhibition showing work by Paul Gaugin which is on till 20th January? Click here to read our previous post. Or indeed, “Chagall, Modern Master” which runs till 8th February?  For more information check here.

Chavin Exhibition at the Rietberg Museum

The Chavin Exhibition at the Rietberg explores Peru’s mysterious temples in the Andes and runs till the 10th March. For more information.

Skiing

And of course there is skiing to be had!  Check out our Practical Info page for information on various ski resorts near to Zurich and check the webcams before you set off too!

Whatever you do, have a great weekend!

Snow scene in Switzerland © NewInZurich.com

Photo credits: Bruce Gilden at Photo13, NewInZurich