The Kunsthaus Zürich is an art museum which history dates back to the 18th century and that currently presents one of the most relevant collections of art in Europe and Switzerland.
The Kunsthaus is housed in an early 20th century building in Zurich, designed by architect Karl Moser, a new addition by the British architect David Chipperfield is planned to be realized in the near future.
The museum collection, divided into many thematic sections, is large and quite comprehensive. The painting and sculpture section spans in time from the Renaissance to present day and is further sub-divided in chronological sections: Late Gothic painting; Dutch and Flemish painting, including works by Rembrandt, Rubens, van Dyck and Jan Brueghel the Elder; Italian Baroque and Venetian 18th century, including works by Domenichino, Canaletto, Guardi and Bellotto; Swiss painting, including Hodler, Segantini, Vallotton, Giovanni and Augusto Giacometti; Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, with masterpieces by Géricault, Manet, Monet, Cézanne, van Gogh and Bonnard; Nordic Expressionism, including a large selection of works by Edvard Munch and Oskar Kokoschka; Modern art, with works by Mondrian, Klee, Chagall, the Surrealists, Léger, Matisse and Picasso; the Giacometti section comprehends the most important museum selection of works by the Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti; the Art since 1945 collection includes works by Tinguely, Twombly, Beuys, Kiefer and Baselitz. Along with the painting and sculpture sections, the Kunsthaus Zürich also houses a notable print and drawing collections, with 80,000 works ranging from the fifteenth century to present day and a large photographic collection, with images by Man Ray, Duchamp, Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Stieglitz, Constantin Brancusi, Maurizio Cattelan and Adreas Gursky, among others. Finally the museums also have a relevant video-art section where also works by Vito Acconci, John Baldessari, Joseph Beuys, Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik, Pipilotti Rist, Richard Serra and Bill Viola are included.
The Kunsthaus Zurich organizes high-quality temporary exhibitions, alongside with educational programs, guided tours, special events, and summer workshops for adults and children.
At the museum a library, a shop, a café and an outdoor garden are available to the visitors.
Review by Riccardo Bianchini, Inexhibit
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