The Kunsthaus Zürich has a major collection of international and Swiss art, among them many Switzerland artists from the 18th-19th century such as Füssli, Hodler and Böcklin.
Apart from the regular collection, the Kunsthaus also shows temporary exhibitions, often highlighting private collections for the general public.
The Kunsthaus is one of the most rewarding experiences in Zurich. It holds one of the finest collections of 20th century art that I have experienced. This is not to say that there are not other worthy pieces within the Kunsthaus from other periods for there are many. Rembrandt, Rubens, Hals and El Greco are all represented but most of these works are relatively minor. There is also a large collection of Swiss work but to be honest there are few noteworthy Swiss artists that the casual art viewer will be familiar with.
On the top floor of the gallery is the stupendous collection of 20th century works. All different styles are represented here from Surreal, Cubism to Dada. Therefore there is something for everyone. For me, I thought the works by Picasso and Chagall was the highlight of the museum as some of my favourite pieces of these artists are here. Also represented are Dali, Miro, Segal, Kandinsky and Bacon. You will also find the largest collection of Munch's works here outside of Scandinavia The Kunsthaus also has the largest collection of sculptures by the famed Swiss artist, Alberto Giacometti. Oddly enough many of these works were not there during my visit because they were at an exhibition in Basel. I saw them there instead. Of note for Canadians like me, you will find one of our 20th century artists represented here (sadly I come across few Canadian works in major art houses in Europe) that being a piece by photographer Jeff Wall of Vancouver.
The Kunsthaus is open Tuesday to Sunday.
The art museum in Zurich is incredible the best 15 Swiss franks I spent for sure!! really amazing collection and so well shown this has got to be one of the best collections in Europe. I really love the work of Edvard Munch who the founding father of Expressionism and with a dozen paintings the Kunsthaus hosts the largest collection of his work outside Norway. Also if you like impressionism and post impressionism they have an amazing collection with artist like Paul Cézanne Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat.
Sat/Sun/Tues 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wed–Fri 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Cost was 15 SF
Zürich has forty-five museums, of which this Kunsthaus (meaning "Art House") is one of the largest.
They have been doing lots of renovation work here in the last few years, but the main departments have now re-opened: the Old Masters on the first floor, the Impressionists and the Classic Modern on the second floor.
With more than 40,000 items, the Kunsthaus is a significant world player in the contemporary art world. As well as an extensive collection of Swiss artists, the museum boasts the most important collection of the works of Giacometti, a small but comprehensive collection of world contemporary art as well as works from Impressionists, the Golden Age of Dutch painting and Old Masters.
Along with the collection, the gallery presents a number of temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
Open Wednesday-Friday, 10am-8pm; Saturday/Sunday/Tuesday 10am-6pm (closed Mondays)
Admission charges: 18 Swiss Francs/16 (concessions) includes collection and temporary exhibitions.
The Kunsthaus is the leading art museum/gallery in Zürich. It hosts a remarkable collection of international art: highlights are Dutch and Italian Baroque, Swiss paintings from the 19th/20th centuries, a large collection of Alberto Giacometti's works, but also French Impressionists and more modern art.
You can see one of Ferdinand Hodler's famous works when walking up the main staircase (pic 1). Pic 4 shows one of Giacometti's typical sculptures. And I had to post pic 5 just for the reason that it depicts a scene from my home town, Dresden.
If you’re in Zurich and looking for an incredible cultural experience, look no further than the Kunsthaus. It has an unbelievable collection of art throughout the centuries, but it’s primarily their collection of 20th (and late 19th) century at that blew me away. Here you can have an intimate and up-close look at works my the major artistic influences of the last century: Pollock, Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, Chagall, Munch just to name a few. The impressive collection is also accented by special exhibitions that change every several months. They are also famous for their collection of works by Giacometti. They accept reservations for private guided tours by phone.
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Adults: CHF 10.00
Students, apprentices, those attending school: CHF 6.00
Wednesdays are always free.
Additional admission for special exhibitions vary.
Zurich's top address for art (at Heimplatz). Paintings, sculptures and graphic art, predominantly from the 19th and 20th centuries. Alberto Giacommetti Foundation, Dada Collection, Collection of the Foundation for Photography.
Highlight: Rodin's "Gate of Hell".
Admission 6SF ($3.30)
Tues-Thurs 10am-9pm, Fri-Sun 10am-5pm
Definitely a MUST to all art lovers.You'll see different art and painting works of some famous artists as well as Alberto Giacometti collections.