From the Curator and the artists

4 Videos

1 Min


Why ReCollect!

2 Min


Ida Ekblad / Matias Faldbakken

2 Min


Daniela Ortiz

3 Min


Hulda Zwingli

Ida Ekblad / Matias Faldbakken


Where is the exhibition located?

At the Moser-Building 2nd floor and at the Chipperfield-Building 1st floor. See our interactive visitor guide!

At first glance, the works of Matias Faldbakken (b. 1973) and Ida Ekblad (b. 1980) appear very different. But the pair are united by an interest in object-based art – both its possibilities and its problems. They also share an attitude to art-historical material that is part enthusiastically affirmative, part slapdash. This approach of ‘homage–cum–neglect’ is a productive force in both their practices. It opens up spaces for critique, humour and experimentation. Ekblad bulldozes into the traditional male spaces of large-scale painting and bronze sculpture with her energetic and fearless output. Faldbakken counterbalances his reticent visuals – what he calls ‘imaginative dissent’ – with a more generous, free-wheeling fiction writing.

For ‘ReCollect!’, the two are working together for the first time, creating a joint installation where they interpret selected works from the Kunsthaus Collection, as seen through their own hands-on activity. Their gestures will open up new viewpoints on the ways in which museum holdings are normally exhibited.

Second installation, new in the Chipperfield building

For their second instalment of ReCollect!, Oslo based artists Ida Ekblad and Matias Faldbakken have hung one of their favourite works from the collection, Francis Picabia’s Cure-dents (Toothpicks, c. 1924), opposite four painted bronze sculptures by Ekblad. Faldbakken has then ‘measured’ the distance between Picabia and Ekblad using a VHS-copy of the 1983 splatter film1 Stage Fright.

Images: Matias Faldbakken / Ida Ekblad, Installation view «ReCollect!», Kunsthaus Zürich, 2023, Photo: Franca Candrian, Kunsthaus Zürich

Daniela Ortiz


Where is the exhibition located?

At the Moser-Building 1st floor. See our interactive visitor guide!

Daniela Ortiz (b. 1985, Peru) creates visual narratives that question hegemonic power structures and the capitalist system, and critically examine concepts of nationality, social class and categorizations based on racialization. Ortiz, who created her first theatre piece with the Neumarkt ensemble in Zurich in 2023, uses her work to explore racism as well as historical and present-day forms of colonial exploitation. To distance herself formally from a Eurocentric aesthetic of conceptual art, she often uses craft techniques and works with ceramic, embroidery and, for ReCollect!, hand tufting. In her new project for the Kunsthaus Zürich, Ortiz reflects on the centuries-old and conflict-laden history of land ownership and exploitation. With the help of Hans Sebald Beham’s prints from the Kunsthaus Collection, she blends past and present and draws parallels between the German Peasants’ War, the history of revolutionary land reforms in the Global South, and current troubles in European agriculture.

Images: Daniela Ortiz, Installation view «ReCollect!», Kunsthaus Zürich, 2023, Photo: Franca Candrian, Kunsthaus Zürich

Hulda Zwingli


Where is the exhibition located?

At the Moser-Building ground floor. See our interactive visitor guide!

Hulda Zwingli is an anonymous collective of female artists from Zurich which scrutinizes and denounces sexual inequality in the art world and the public space. It was founded on 14 June 2019, women’s strike day, and has since published regular Instagram posts on the topic as well as staging actions in the public space. The label combines the first name of a historical Swiss art collector, Hulda Zumsteg (Kronenhalle), with the surname of the Zurich Reformer Zwingli. Ever since it was set up, Hulda Zwingli has criticized the Kunsthaus Zürich for the underrepresentation of female artists in its collection and programme. Now, the collective has delved into the stores and brought out some treasures by Alice Bailly, Amanda de Leon, Annie Stebler-Hopf, Else Thomann-Buchholz, Grandma Moses, Helen Dahm, Irmgard Micaela Burchard-Simaika, Lavinia Fontana, Margherita Osswald-Toppi, Maria Lassnig, Marianne von Werefkin, Mary Kelly and Sophie Schaeppi. They have compiled the results of their research here.
In combination with these, Hulda Zwingli is showing some snapshots of its own protest actions along with the works of like-minded contemporary artists (Alice K. Roberts, Andrea Ritter, Brigit Meier, Elisabeth Eberle, Ruth Righetti, Seline Fülscher and Ursina Roesch). A single historical loan – a work by Anne Marie Jehle (1937–2000) – complements the presentation.

Images: Hulda Zwingli, Installation view «ReCollect!», Kunsthaus Zürich, 2023, Photo: Franca Candrian, Kunsthaus Zürich


The Collection

The ReCollect! exhibitions are included in the Collection PLUS ticket.