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Kunsthaus Zürich

Idea | Form | Content

The Idea
The Kunsthaus Zürich enjoys international renown. Since 1787, its patrons have ensured that art is collected and exhibited in Zurich, and today the Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft, with more than 21,000 members, is the largest art association in Europe after the Tate in London. Now the Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft is lending its support to a new undertaking: the creation of a museum for the 21st century. The New Kunsthaus is to be inaugurated in 2017.

The Form
David Chipperfield’s design, a clear geometric volume flooded with light, lends ascetically elegant form, landmark status and tremendous appeal to the Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft’s idea of a museum for the 21st century. Together with the existing Kunsthaus building it will constitute Switzerland’s largest art museum.

The Content
The New Kunsthaus is a gateway to the world of art, in all its rich and varied forms. It reflects and shapes contemporary trends and builds on the existing strengths that make the Kunsthaus Zürich collection unique. It fosters a culture of exchange and involvement. With a series of greatly enhanced facilities, the New Kunsthaus opens up a vibrant public space in the heart of Zurich, reinforcing the loyalty of existing patrons and drawing in new visitors.