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Kunsthalle Zurich

The Kunsthalle Zürich pursues the goal of making contemporary international art accessible to a broad public in order to point out exemplary artistic developments of our time. Over the years the program of first larger solo presentations and thematical group shows aims at crystallizing an overall view. Single presentations of artists of a more recent generation form emphasis as qualitative and deepening argument with important contemporary artist personalities.

In addition to its exhibition program Kunsthalle Zurich functions as a platform for intellectual discourse offering an extensive array of lectures, artist talks, symposia and discussions thus aiming to make visible new ways of seeing through art.

Founded by an art society in 1985 the institution has established continuity of presenting 5 large scale and up to 5 smaller exhibitions a year, most of them accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue.
Some of the major solo exhibitions of the past years were dedicated to artists such as Isa Genzken, Rodney Graham, John Armleder, Dominique Gonzales-Foerster, Wilhelm Sasnal, Peter Doig, Rebecca Warren, Sean Landers, Terence Koh, Sarah Lucas, Laura Owens and Richard Prince amongst many others.
The Kunsthalle Zurich is supported through their members, friends and sponsors and from the City and the Canton of Zürich. Since 1996 it is permanently housed in the art centre of the Löwenbräu - a former brewery - together with the Migros Museum, the Daros Collection and important galleries for contemporary art.


31 MARCH – 20 MAY 2007

The American artist Nicole Eisenman (born 1965 in Verdun, France, lives and works in New York) has since the 1990s caught the eye with her figurative paintings that, playfully and with great artistic freedom, cross stylistic and compositional elements from the history of art from Renaissance painting to Modernism (but not Postmodernism) with comics, slapstick, TV culture, pornography and subcultural image strategies. The exhibition in Kunsthalle Zürich is the first comprehensive review of this artist in an institution. For their second touring venue, the almost 30 oil paintings and over 100 drawings will go on tour to Le Plateau in Paris in June.

Opulent group scenes, which go back to historical painting and the Social Realist wall paintings of the 1930s, appear next to portraits and mythological burlesques that are painted both in masterly style and in crude caricatures. What is central to Eisenman’s oeuvre is an excessive, drawing-based work complex that comprises all the classical picture genres and a wit formulated between the outrageous and the idiotic.

Nicole Eisenman’s work is an inspired and gleeful deconstruction of conventions in art and society and questions social models, above all by reversing female and male role clichés. At the beginning of the 1990s Nicole Eisenman made a name for herself with monumental murals and large-scale drawing installations in tune with her generation of artists who, in contrast to the dominance of photography and language in the work of their predecessors, established painting and sculpture as central to their personal vocabulary. In 1993 and 1994 she took part in two exhibi...+ [ Read all ]

Previous Exhibitions


General Idea
Ulla von Brandenburg
Terence Koh
Laura Owens
Wade Guyton, Seth Price,
Josh Smith, Kelley Walker
Liam Gillick and Philippe Parreno
Anselm Reyle


20 Jahre SBK
Peter Doig
Trisha Donnelly
Scott Myles
Keren Cytter
Sarah Lucas
Daria Martin
Catherine Sullivan


Jordan Wolfson
John M Armleder
Lutz / Guggisberg
Sean Landers
Christian Holstad
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
Oliver Payne & Nick Relph
Rebecca Warren
Carol Bove
Eva Rothschild


de Rijke / de Rooij
Wilhelm Sasnal
Doug Aitken
Isa Genzken
Durchzug / Draft

Rodney Graham
No Ghost just a Shell
Eija-Liisa Ahtila
Keith Tyson
Verne Dawson
Richard Prince
Elmgreen & Dragset
Ein Raum ist eine Welt
Neo Rauch
Darren Almond
Pflumm Seiler Stucki


Richard Phillips
Manfred Pernice
Sarah Morris
Sharon Lockhart
Pierre Huyghe


Eidgenössische Preise
für freie Kunst 1999
Beat Streuli
Steve McQueen
Georg Herold
Pipilotti Rist


Auf der Spur:
Kunst der 90er Jahre im Spiegel
von Schweizer Sammlungen
Andreas Slominski
Jean-Frédéric Schnyder
Thomas Demand
Nicola Tyson


Sam Taylor-Wood
Bernard Voïta
Julie Becker
Karen Kilimnik
Jörg Sasse


Playpen & Corpus Delirium
Paul Thek
Gabriel Orozco
Boris Michajlov


Von Nah
Wolfgang Tillmans
Georgina Starr
Didier Vermeiren


Reto Flury
Urs Frei
Charles Ray
Stan Douglas
Adrian Schiess
Sam Samore
Harald F. Müller


Imi Giese
Bernard Frize
Tatsuo Miyajima
Peter Fischli / David Weiss
Thomas Locher


Jessica Stock...+ [ Read all ]

Exhibitions (5)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

2 June 2007 – 12 August 2007
Allora & Calzadilla

25 August 2007 – 28 October 2007

Christopher Williams

10 November 2007 – 6 January 2008

Kai Althoff


CHF 8.00

children from 7 to 16
CHF 4.00

Kombiticket with Migros Museum
CHF 12.00

reduced Kombiticket
CHF 6.00

Members, friend & sponsors of the Verein Kunsthalle Zürich
free of charge

NEW: Thursdays 17 – 20 H entry free

Opening hours

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12pm to 6pm
Thursdays from 12pm to 8pm
Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 5pm
Closed on Mondays

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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Guided tours (in German) take place at 2pm on Sundays and at 12.30pm on Wednesdays.