Must-See Art Guide: Zürich

This week’s guide features Meret Oppenheim, Alex Hubbard, Yves Klein, and more.

Jonathan Wateridge, Boys (2017). Courtesy of Galerie Haas AG.

We’re spending this last week of the fall season in Zürich, rounding up the hottest art in the alpine city. First on our list is a solo exhibition of pioneering Surrealist artist Meret Oppenheim at Galerie Ziegler SA. Expect to experience Oppenheim’s playful bronze sculpture, characteristic wit, and her critical awareness of female identity and exploitation as manifest in her works on paper. For more subversive, humorous object art, check out Claes Oldenburg at Galerie Gmurzynska, one of many heavy-hitters featured in a survey exhibition of 100 years of sculpture.

Contemporary American artists are holding their own in Switzerland’s largest city, with Alex Hubbard, Matt Mullican, and Raffi Kalenderian representing the country coast-to-coast. Hubbard’s newest Abstract Expressionist-inspired paintings are up at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, complimented by his layered, volatile video installations. Over at Mai 36 Galerie, Mullican—known for his visceral images and interest in hypnosis—continues his exploration of pattern and the picture as a physical place in his multi-media work. Meanwhile, Kalenderian’s intimate portraits oscillating between reality and illusion are on display at Galerie Peter Kilchmann. Closing out this week’s selection is Museum Haus Konstruktiv’s exhibition of work by 2017 Zurich Art Prize recipient Marguerite Humeau, an artist who takes inspiration from events of prehistory, the occult, and ancient creatures.

Browse our full list of picks below.


Exhibition: Jonathan Wateridge: Swimmer, oil paintings & oil studies
When: November 2, 2017–January 13, 2018
Where: Galerie Haas AG, Talstraße 62a, Zürich, Switzerland

Alex Hubbard, Illegal Muscles (2017). Courtesy of Galerie Eva Presenhuber.

Exhibition: Alex Hubbard: Chemical Compulsion
When: October 28–December 21, 2017
Where: Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zahnradstraße 21, Zürich, Switzerland

Matt Mullican, Untitled (Yellow Monster 12) (2017). Courtesy of Mai 36 Galerie.

Exhibition: Representing That World
When: November 3–December 23, 2017
Where: Mai 36 Galerie, Rämistraße 37, Zürich, Switzerland

Meret Oppenheim, Das Ohr von Giacometti (1933–1977). Courtesy of Galerie Ziegler SA.

Exhibition: “Meret Oppenheim
When: December 8, 2017–January 26, 2018
Where: Galerie Ziegler SA, Rämistraße 34, Zürich, Switzerland

Yves Klein, SE 6 (c. 1959). Courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska.

Exhibition: “From Surface To Space: 100 Years of Sculpture, Relief and Collage
When: October 16, 2017–January 31, 2018
Where: Galerie Gmurzynska, Paradeplatz 2, Zürich, Switzerland

Barbara Ellmerer, Works on paper (2017). Courtesy of Galerie Andres Thalmann.

Exhibition: “Barbara Ellmerer: Recent Work
When: November 17, 2017–January 27, 2018
Where: Galerie Andres Thalmann, Talstraße 66, Zürich, Switzerland

Raffi Kalenderian, Steven (2017). Courtesy of Galerie Peter Kilchmann.

Exhibition:Raffi Kalenderian: Portraits
When: November 4–December 22, 2017
Where: Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zahnradstraße 21, Zürich, Switzerland

Marguerite Humeau, “RIDDLES (Last Beats)” (2017). Courtesy of Museum Haus Konstruktiv.

Exhibition: Marguerite Humeau: RIDDLES (Final Beats)” and “Julije Knifer
When: October 26, 2017–January 14, 2018
Where: Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Selnaustraße 25, Zürich, Switzerland

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