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Kunsthaus Zürich

Modern Art

The Kunsthaus has always fulfilled a dual role as both exhibition centre and museum, in which exhibitions of new art have always set the tone, and it was in this vein that the first museum retrospective of Picassos was held in 1932. The success of this and a subsequent exhibition of the work of Ferdinand Léger in the following year enabled the Kunsthaus to acquire an important work of art from each of these artists, just as it had in 1925 when it acquired a painting by Matisse for the collection. In the post-War period additional purchases were made to enhance and extend the collection to cover groups of work by Mondrian, Klee, Chagall and the Surrealists; since 1980 the Kunsthaus has widely documented DADA, the movement that began in Zurich in 1916.

Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944)
Schwarzer Fleck, 1921
Oil on canvas, 138 x 120 cm
Acquired 1947
© ProLitteris
Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944)
Schwarzer Fleck, 1921
Oil on canvas, 138 x 120 cm
Acquired 1947
© ProLitteris