With more than 20,000 members, the Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft forms the basis of the Kunsthaus’s activities. Members’ annual fees make a substantial contribution to exhibitions and also support acquisitions. The Kunstgesellschaft’s annual report is publicly accessible and contains information about its management, programming committee, organization and business, as well as all activities. The Kunsthaus Zürich has stood on Heimplatz since 1910, in a progressively expanded ensemble of buildings of great architectural quality. All properties are owned by the independent Stiftung Zürcher Kunsthaus, a foundation which makes them available for use by the Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft.
The Kunsthaus Zürich receives annual subsidies from the city and canton of Zurich amounting to some forty percent of its total budget. It generates additional income through admission fees and retail sales as well as rent, so that on a long-term average basis its operations are 55 percent self-financed. The Kunsthaus also receives substantial support from numerous companies, foundations and private individuals, enabling it to provide a wide-ranging programme to the public that would otherwise be impossible.
The Vereinigung Zürcher Kunstfreunde (Society of Zurich Friends of Art), an independent patrons’ association founded in 1917 with some 800 members today, provides additional funds for the acquisition of works of art.