The Kunsthaus Zürich is the city's most important museum. The main building was designed by architect Karl Moser, it was opened in 1910. Since then, the Kunsthaus Zurich has been expanded several times. The newest extension is across the street and was designed by David Chipperfield. The museum has an important collection from the Old Masters to Impressionists such as Monet and Cézanne to classical modernism with Chagall and Picasso to contemporary photography.
The Kunsthaus Zürich is famous for its sculptures by Giacometti, the staircase with Art Nouveau paintings and its great exhibitions. There is a mural by Joan Miro in the museum's garden.
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The Rietberg Museum is located in a park on a hill above Lake Zurich. The property was bought by the city of Zurich in 1945 to exhibit the collection of Eduard Freiherr von der Heydt. The collection consists of works of art from Asia, Africa, America and Oceania. The beautifully presented collection shows objects that are rarely seen in Europe. The highlights of the museum include the Buddhist sculptures from the Himalayas and paintings from India.
The entrance is on the new glass building designed by the architects Grazioli and Krischanitz, which was built in 2007. The Rietberg Museum is about 300 m away from the tram station of the same name. For more information see link below.
The Swiss National Museum illuminates the history of Switzerland from its beginnings to the present. In addition, current topics of Swiss culture and identity are presented in temporary exhibitions. With well over 850,000 objects, the National Museum has a very extensive collection. The Swiss National Museum is located very close to Zurich's main train station. There are other branches of the museum in Prangins and Schwyz. Current exhibitions and opening times, see link.
The Museum für Gestaltung (Design Museum) has been collecting design objects, posters and graphics of high artistic value since 1875. In the field of product design, the Zurich Museum has a collection that is unique in the world. With over 50,000 objects, the "Museum für Gestaltung" has a broad base for exciting exhibitions. The museum belongs to the University "Hochschule für Gestaltung", which is located in the Toni Areal. There is an additional viewing depot with changing exhibitions.
The Kunsthalle Zürich shows temporary exhibitions of contemporary art in an old brewery building. The Kunsthalle, founded in 1985, has developed into the center of contemporary art in Zurich and organizes exhibitions that are well worth seeing. The Kunsthalle Zürich is located on the former Löwenbräu site on Limmatstrasse. The renovation by Gigon Guyer also turned the brewery into an architectural highlight of the city. Further galleries have been established on the Löwenbräu site and a center for contemporary art has been created. For current exhibitions see link.