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Kunsthaus Zürich

Welcome

Dear visitors

‘Our heads are round so our thoughts can change direction.’ Ours certainly is – and we hope yours is too. So if you haven’t yet had your fill of Dada, fear not: ‘Supplément’ in the cabinet offers up the highlights of our globally popular Dada collection. Among them is a key work of collage: the celebrated ‘Huth Picture’ by high priest of Dada Kurt Schwitters, which we were recently delighted to receive as a bequest from Sigfried and Carola Giedion. As Zurich’s summer of culture reaches its peak, we present a major exhibition on one of the most unusual artists of the modern era, who also came up with the quotation at the start of my comments. In our Bührle gallery we’ve mounted a full-scale, multi-faceted and fascinating Francis Picabia retrospective that is far more than just Dada. Still hungry for more? The Museum of Modern Art in New York is currently hosting the much-praised Dadaglobe exhibition from Zurich. After it finishes at the Kunsthaus, the Picabia exhibition will also be heading for the Big Apple. Meanwhile for those who’ve had enough Dada, there’s a chance to rediscover Hans-Jakob Oeri. We reveal that two centuries ago, Zurich was home to an artist who was famed across half of Europe: a shrewd art mediator and businessman who was in every way a match for his modern-day counterparts. At our General Meeting in May we set out how the new and, soon, greatly enlarged Kunsthaus is preparing for the future. We had the pleasure of welcoming some new honorary members: the collection of Ferdinand Knecht will be staying at the Kunsthaus, so that we can continue to enjoy the exquisite Old Masters currently gracing our gallery.
There is also a fine addition to our collection of Félix Vallotton: in memory of its former chairman Hans-Ulrich Doerig, the Vereinigung Zürcher Kunstfreunde has acquired a key painting from the artist’s early period. We would like to thank all the members of the VZK as well as one of our long-standing patrons for her generous gesture – not forgetting a major Vallotton collector who is offering us his invaluable assistance. Much to our amazement, some one hundred thousand people came to see our Pipilotti Rist exhibition, with the youngest visitors especially being impressed and captivated by the dazzling variety of the installation and, in particular, the wonderful ‘Pixel Forest’. We and the artist were delighted by this record-breaking success. The Kunsthaus is extremely fortunate to have so many patrons who have offered us their kindness and support in recent times, expressing their solidarity with our institution and its work. Their numbers continue to grow. In November we will be laying the foundation stone of the New Kunsthaus. If you’d like a foretaste of what’s coming take a look at our new architectural model, which is accurate down to the last detail!

Christoph Becker

Christoph Becker
Photo © Severin Jakob
Christoph Becker
Photo © Severin Jakob