Zurich: The city of art

Posted Aug 10, 2011 by Bryen Dunn
One on the most interesting things to do while travelling is to discover the artistic side of a city or town. Whether it be via local galleries or national exhibitions, there's a unique culture beneath.
Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zürich
Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zürich
Zürich has always been a magnet for artists, authors and great thinkers, and has inspired people down through the ages who have found freedom of speech and peace here. They wrote history, and their histories still fascinate people today. Here's a brief update on Zurich's scene.
Kunsthaus Zürich presents: Miro Monet Matisse – the Nahmad Collection. From October 21, 2011 to January 15, 2012, the Kunsthaus Zürich will for the first time present an exclusive exhibition of masterpieces from the private collection of the Nahmad family. The exhibition will feature over one hundred paintings by Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky, Monet, and many others. The second generation of the Monaco-based Nahmad family collects great art. Single-mindedly and with an expert eye, art dealers from Syria have for decades been selling as well as acquiring paintings and sculptures, with the result that, alongside a flourishing international art trade, a first-class collection has been established. Never before have the masterpieces which make up this unique private collection been seen together.
Haus Konstruktiv
The Haus Konstruktiv is located right by the Main Railway Station. The museum houses concrete art, conceptual art, and design. Here, visitors can admire the original Rockefeller Dining Room by the Swiss artist Fritz Glarner. It represents one of the rare remaining original examples of concrete interior design. Nelson A. Rockefeller personally commissioned Glarner to design the dining room for his New York City apartment.
Museum Rietberg
One of the most important collections of non-European art in Europe can be admired at Museum Rietberg. Otto Wesendonck, industrialist, mason, and promoter of Richard Wagner, commissioned the construction of the villa high on a green hill. After a 3-year reconstruction, the Museum Rietberg reopened its doors in 2007. The architecturally spectacular ‘Smaragd’, as the new museum building is known, consists of a glass pavilion. This blends perfectly into the ensemble of existing villas.
About Zurich
From 2001 to 2008, Zürich was accorded top ranking as the city with the highest standard of living for seven years in succession. In 2009 and 2010 Zürich was rated 2nd, right after Vienna. The renowned human resources consultants, William M. Mercer, analyzed 320 cities based on 39 different criteria, including leisure and relaxation, safety, cleanliness, political and economical stability, and medical care. Visitors particularly appreciate the astounding cultural and gastronomical diversity, as well as countless possibilities for enjoyment, relaxation and recuperation for all the senses. As one of the world’s leading art centers, Zürich is home to over 50 museums and more than 100 art galleries. The city offers a wealth of artistic highlights, from the birthplace of the Dada art movement to the largest collection of Swiss cultural history, right through to Le Corbusier’s last work.
STAY - Hotel Otter - You’ll find this hotel for artists, models, the young and the young at heart at the center of the Old Town near the pedestrian zone between fashion boutiques and bookstores. Individually decorated rooms. Live the colourful life in Zürich.
DINE - The Restaurant Kronenhalle was once a meeting point for musicians, actors, literati and artists. Some of them paid with works of art, with the result that today guests can dine at this establishment – a popular haunt among the rich and famous – under genuine Chagalls, Picassos and Mirós. A more modern style of art can be admired in the small Spiegelsaal (Mirror Room) at the Restaurants Segantini. Here, the sun shines whatever the weather; the installations by multimedia artist Ugo Rondinone, sculpted from thousands of mirror fragments, together with the reflected orchids, radiate a touch of exotic glamour.
Visit ZürichTourism for other exciting things to do while there.