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Kunsthaus Zürich

Welcome

Dear visitors

Join us in looking forward to our eagerly anticipated Francis Picabia retrospective, a production for the Zurich Festival that we have prepared in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Picabia – who famously observed that ‘Our heads are round so our thoughts can change direction’ – is an unjustly neglected artist who blended the pathos of high culture with the quirkiness of trash: an intelligent, maliciously acute and often hair-raisingly comic modernist one-off and a central figure of Dada. Following the success of our compact and highly informative exhibition on Tristan Tzara’s ‘Dadaglobe’ (which will soon be on display in New York), we are staging a cabinet presentation of key works and presenting the ambitious project to digitize the Kunsthaus’s truly astonishing Dada collection.

He is a leading artist from the Middle East who engages intensively with political and social issues: Akram Zaatari was born in southern Lebanon in 1966 and lives in Beirut. His photographs, films and video installations examine the impact of religious conflict and are now receiving their first solo exhibition in Switzerland.

Meanwhile, preparations for our next major exhibition are already in full swing: from the end of October, some 75 meticulously restored plaster sculptures by Alberto Giacometti will be receiving their first ever showing, exactly 50 years on from the death of Switzerland’s universally admired (and most expensive) artist. No less a figure than star photographer Peter Lindbergh, famous for portraying the world’s most beautiful women, is currently taking some new shots of the spectacular Giacometti plasters.

We hope to see you soon at the Kunsthaus and thank the many of you who have visited us already.

Christoph Becker

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