February 23, 2010

February-March in Zurich

By Nicolas Bernheim

Coup de Cœur: The Bührle collection invades the Kunsthaus !
Emil Bührle was one the most famous swiss industrialist of the 20th century until his death in 1956. Being a enthusiast collector, he acquires numerous pieces of art from many different periods with a preference for the impressionists. Walking in the room from Kunsthaus dedicated to the exhibition is an absolutely stunning trip: here some little Juan Gris, there a sculpture by degas. The Van Gogh’s are impressive, specially the Semeur (1888) and there are just a a very small part of the show. It is hard to imagine what Mr. Bührle’s house was looking like when all those master pieces were in his living room. Our little preference goes to the Italian room full of Canaletto’s and Tiepolo’s and to the paintings of Gustave Courbet we actually rarely see.
Vincent van Gogh, Le Semeur, 1888, Foundation E.G. Bührle Collection, Zurich
Kunsthaus Zürich today, Photo Lutz Hartmann, © 2008 Kunsthaus Zürich
Our little extra advice:
If you visit the show on Sunday, you have to go and enjoy the brunch of the Kunsthaus restaurant (36CHF./pax, drinks included). Otherwise, 3 tram stops from the museum, you can enjoy the Bratwurst from the Sternen (http://www.vorderer-sternen.ch), probably the best in Switzerland.
Kunsthaus Zürich, Heimplatz 1, CH-8001 Zurich, www.kunsthaus.ch
To see :
Restaurant and Bar Kronenhalle
It might sounds strange to recommend the visit of a restaurant to our fellow arty friends but the Kronenhalle has a unique place in the history of art. The restaurant was built in 1862, and taken over bei the Zumsteg family in 1925. The family’s son, Gustav, transformed the place in the meeting point of the Zurich art and litterary scene over the time. You will find there paintings from Chagall, Hodler, Miro, Braque and Picasso. Some lamps were even designed by Alberto Giacometti himself ! This is a place which has become a compulsory stop for art lovers (even for just a coffee) in Zürich.
Marc Chagall dans le Restaurant Kronenhalle
Rämistrasse 4
CH-8001 Zürich
Telefon Restaurant +41 44 262 99 00
Telefon Bar +41 44 262 99 11
Guillermo Kuitca at Hauser und Wirth
Situated in the same building than the Migros Museum for Contemporary art, the gallery Hauser und Wirth presents until the 6th of March the work of Guillermo Kuitca. The installation is based on the stage Kuitca built for the Wagner’s Flying Dutchman in the Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires in 2003. You will find there paper works and sculpture. But the most interesting work is probably the sheet that have been worked on with watercolor and represents the different stages designs. Kuitca represented Argentina in the 2007 Biennale di Venezia
Guillermo Kuitca, Der Fliegende Holländer (Scrim Suite), 2008/2009, Archival dye printed silk organza and stainless steel armature, 243 x 396 cm / 95 5/8 x 155 7/8 in, each part, Courtesy Gallery Hauser und Wirth
Hauser & Wirth Zürich, Limmatstrasse 270, CH-8005 Zürich
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday, noon – 6 pm - Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm
Our little extra advice:
The building where Hauser und Wirth is located is the former Löwenbrau brewery. It welcomes numerous museums and galleries like Eva Presenhuber or the Contemporary lab of the Kunsthaus. It is located in the heart of the “Kreis 5”, Zürich’s new alternative and hip neighborhood.  You can enjoy great restaurants like “les Halles”, and also loads of bars and clubs that are located in former strip clubs and “Maison Close”, mainly on the Langstrasse.
Forthcoming in Zurich :
After a very interesting show from tatiana Trouvé, the Migros Museum will welcome “When Bodies get mirrored-an exhibition about movement, formalism and space “, a group show with works from Martin Soto Climent, Julian Goethe, Mai-Thu Perret and others as from the 6th of March. Two floors down, the Hauser und Wirth gallery will host the Henri Moore family’s work on paper collection as from March 27th.

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