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The old Swiss center of art that stayed young

What Berlin is to Germany, Zurich is to Switzerland: the metropolis that assembles artists, galleries and museums from all over the country. Museum Rietberg features impressive art from outside Europe, the Kunsthaus is the premier address for paintings and sculptures since the late Middle Ages. But it is the present that Zurich feels most passionate about. The Löwenbräu complex is well worth a visit, with major international exhibitions at the Kunsthalle and the Migros Museum as well as with ambitious galleries, which have sprung up in the close vicinity.

Zurich classics - Kunsthaus

From the late Gothic period until the present day: In this Jugendstil building, amongst other things, the largest Munch collection outside Norway, a large collection with works by Giacometti and ambitious temporary exhibitions are on show < more >

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Zurich classics - Museum Rietberg

Art outside Europe: Works from Asia, Africa and Oceania are on show in an old villa, with Chinese and Buddhist art forming the highlights of the collection < more >

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Zurich classics - Haus-Konstruktiv

Constructivist art in a former power station: Founded in 1986, this institution presents temporary exhibitions by international artists as well as parts of its collection < more >

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Zurich classics - Centre Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier's last building: Made of steel and glass, this building stands on the east bank of Lake Zurich. A documentation of this architect and designer's life and work can be seen at the museum < more >

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Inside tip Zurich - Kunsthalle

Contemporary artists discovered early in their careers: The Kunsthalle is located in a former brewery building. Artists such as Thomas Demand and Wilhelm Sasnal were exhibited here at a very early stage in their careers < more >

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Inside tip Zurich - Migros Museum/Galleries Löwenbräuareal

Experimental art: Contemporary art, often from the fields of performance film and theater, are shown in temporary exhibitions. Usually, the artists produce location-specific installations < more >

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Inside tip Zurich - Galerien im Diagonal/Maag Areal

Two renowned Swiss galleries: The galleries belonging to Eva Presenhuber and Peter Kilchmann have been housed in a former industrial building dating from the 1920s with spacious exhibition rooms since April 2011 < more >

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Inside tip Zurich - Shedhalle

Political art: The institution presents temporary themed exhibitions featuring international artists in a hall on the grounds of the "red factory" < more >

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Kunsthaus (1), Museum Rietberg (2), Haus-Konstruktiv (3), Centre-Le-Corbusier (4), Kunsthalle (5), Migros Museum / Galerien Löwenbräuareal (6), Galerie Eva Presenhuber (7), Galerie Peter Kilchmann (7), Shedhalle (8)