Kunsthaus Zurich

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Kunsthaus Zurich, old building on Heimplatz (2011)

The Kunsthaus Zürich is a Swiss art museum in the immediate vicinity of the Schauspielhaus on Heimplatz in Zurich .


Kunsthaus Zürich, seen from Heimplatz (around 1920)

In 1787 the circle of artists and enthusiasts from which the Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft emerged met for the first time. The museum building was opened in 1910, the architect was Karl Moser . Since then, the building has been expanded several times - including the large exhibition hall opened in 1958, planned by the Pfister brothers and financed by Emil Georg Bührle - and completely renovated from 2001 to 2005.

New building

In 2020, an extension with a usable area of ​​13,000 square meters is to be opened, which corresponds to an expansion of the Kunsthaus by more than 80%. On July 4, 2012, the Zurich municipal council (city parliament) approved the extension, which was largely financed by taxpayers' money, and the project was approved in the referendum on November 25 of the same year.


The Art Nouveau staircase with a painting by Hodler (photography from 2010)

The Miró garden, the lecture hall and the open restoration studio are on the ground floor. One of the most important art collections in Switzerland from the 13th century to the present is located on the first and second floors.

The international focal points include the largest Munch collection outside Norway and the most important and extensive collection of works by Alberto Giacometti . The Kunsthaus also houses pictures by Pablo Picasso , Claude Monet , Giambattista Pittoni , Marc Chagall , Vincent van Gogh and the expressionists Oskar Kokoschka , Max Beckmann and Lovis Corinth . In addition to Pop Art (e.g. Andy Warhol or Richard Hamilton ) are u. a. Works by Mark Rothko , Mario Merz , Cy Twombly , Joseph Beuys and Georg Baselitz represented.

Medieval sculptures and panel paintings (e.g. by Hans Leu the Elder ) as well as paintings from the Dutch and Italian Baroque (e.g. Domenichino and Rembrandt van Rijn ) are just as much a part of the collection as highlights of 19th and 20th century Swiss painting by Johann Heinrich Füssli , Giovanni Segantini , Ferdinand Hodler or Félix Vallotton . Zurich concrete figures (e.g. Max Bill , Fritz Glarner , Verena Loewensberg ) and contemporary Swiss artists such as Pipilotti Rist and Peter Fischli / David Weiss as well as photography and installations are also represented.

Since 2006, the exhibition concept has also included the presentation of important private collections, initially the Merzbacher Collection under the title Festival of Color, the Emil Georg Bührle Collection in 2010 and The Nahmad Collection owned by the Nahmad art dealer family in 2012 .

There are regular events in which the museum offers a look behind the scenes with workshops, performances , music and guided tours.


Christoph Becker has been the director of the Zürcher Kunsthaus since 2000 . Vice-Director is CFO Hans Peter Meier. The curators include Christoph Becker, Jonas Beyer, Philippe Büttner, Sandra Gianfreda, Cathérine Hug and Mirjam Varadinis (as of 2017).

Exhibitions (selection)

Works from the collection



  • The new Kunsthaus 2001–2019. Ed .: Simple Society Kunsthaus Extension. Zurich August 2018 ( divio-media.net [PDF; 118 kB, accessed on September 24, 2019]).

Web links

Commons : Kunsthaus Zürich  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ History of the Kunsthaus. In: kunsthaus.ch, accessed on September 24, 2019.
  2. Kunsthaus extension. (No longer available online.) In: kunsthaus.ch. 2016, archived from the original on March 4, 2016 ; Retrieved September 24, 2019 (chronology from November 25, 2012 to August 3, 2015; originally retrieved on August 3, 2012).
  3. Zurich votes. 11/25/2012. Kunsthaus extension in Zurich. (PDF; 1.7 MB) In: stadt-zuerich.ch, September 19, 2012, accessed on September 24, 2019.
  4. ^ Kunsthaus extension: people from Zurich say yes to the extension. In: Tages-Anzeiger . November 26, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
  5. The museum. About us. Extension. In: kunsthaus.ch, accessed on September 24, 2019.
  6. ^ Kunsthaus Zürich (ed.): Plan .
  7. Curators of the Zürcher Kunsthaus ( Memento of May 11, 2012 in the Internet Archive ), description of their areas of work on the museum's website.
  8. ^ Ania Mauruschat: Exhibition at the Kunsthaus Zürich: Europe not left to politicians. Review in Deutschlandradio Kultur , June 11, 2015.
  9. Valeska Peschke: The message from Amikejo. In: amikejo.net. Retrieved April 15, 2016 .

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