Must-See Art Guide: Zurich

This week's guide includes Alberto Giacometti, William Kentridge, and more.


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Clemens Wolf, Greyscale. Courtesy of Galerie Clemens Gunzer.
Astrid Klein, L’image de lui-même … (les tâches dominicales / Soontagsarbeiten) (1980). Courtesy of Galerie Haas AG Zürich.
William Kentridge. Courtesy of Museum Haus Konstruktiv and Marc Shoul.
Raúl Cordero, Untitled (2013). Courtesy of Mai 36 Galerie.
Brière, Installation. Courtesy of Plutschow Gallery.
Christophe Eisenring, Ohne Titel. Courtesy of Galerie Wenger.
Ursel Jäger, Gottfried Jäger präsentiert seine Lochblendenstruktur 3.8.14 F 2.6 (1967). Courtesy of SCHEUBLEIN + BAK.
Ivan Seal, Impromptu collaborative performance (2015). Courtesy of RaebervonStenglin.
Herlinde Koelbl, London: Vincent and Victoria Poklewski (2000). Courtesy of Kunsthaus Zurich.
Ugo Rondinone, dritterfebruarzweitausendundzwölf / dritterjanuarzweitausendundzwölf (2015). Courtesy of Galerie Eva Presenhuber.
Luzia Simons, Humboldt ist niemals da gewesen (Landschaft 02) (2013). Courtesy of Fabian und Claude Walter Galerie.
Paul McCarthy, Original Shitface Resin Block (2002—2005). Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth.
Alexander Calder, Francis Picabia, Installation View. Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth.
Stephen Gill, Untitled #2, from the series 'Hackey Wick’ (2005). Courtesy of Christophe Guye Galerie.
Lucia Coray, Ohne Titel (2015). Courtesy of Art Forum Ute Barth.
Ines Doujak, Installation. Courtesy of Johann Jacobs Museum.

Art Basel is just a few weeks away, and you can already feel the excitement in the air. Get your best shoes ready and your expectations high with a warm-up in an arty town very close to the Mecca of art: Zurich. Located less than two hours from Basel, Zurich is offering the exhibitions you need to get prepared before the big event begins. Opening today, Galerie Clemens Gunzer is showcasing new artworks by Clemens Wolf as a follow up to his show in October 2014. Or, stop by SCHEUBLEIN + BAK, which is presenting vintage prints from the 1960s by Swiss and German pioneers of Generative and Concrete Photography, such as Carl Struwe, Heinrich Heidersberger, and Pierre Cordier.

If you want to experience the city’s not-to-be-missed institutions, head to the Kunsthaus Zurich, which focuses on Europe in the exhibition “Europe: the future of history.” Featuring more than 100 artworks by over 60 modern and contemporary artists, including Joseph Beuys, Alberto Giacometti, Andreas Gursky, and Kader Attia, the show explores Europe as peace project. Another staple of Zurich, Haus Konstruktiv, located in a former power station, highlights the work of William Kentridge with his first comprehensive solo exhibition held in Switzerland, alongside some little-known drawings, prints, paintings, sculptures, and tapestries.

Then, enter the world of Ugo Rondinone, and discover nine freestanding walls at Galerie Eva Presenhuber. His exhibition, entitled “Walls + Windows + Doors,” examines the place of people in the world, with the walls representing stability, an outer layer of skin. For those of you who still have energy left after Art Basel, visit Christophe Guye Galerie and the conceptual photographs of Stephen Gill, whose unusual techniques cause confusion about the scale of the images.

One thing is certain: Zurich is an essential stop before and after Art Basel!


Exhibition: Clemens Wolf: Greyscale

When: June 4–22, 2015 (Opening Reception: June 4 at 6:30 p.m.)

Where: Galerie Clemens Gunzer, Hottingerstraße 44, Zurich, Switzerland


Exhibition: Astrid Klein: Collage, Spiegel, weiße Bilder

When: June 4–July 17, 2015 (Opening Reception: June 4 at 6:00 p.m.)

Where: Galerie Haas AG Zürich, Talstraße 62a, Zurich, Switzerland


Exhibition: William Kentridge – The Nose

When: June 4–September 6, 2015

Where: Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Selnaustraße 25, Zurich, Switzerland


Exhibition: Raúl Cordero ‘Transient Poetry’

When: May 2–June 6, 2015

Where: Mai 36 Galerie, Rämistraße 37, Zurich, Switzerland


Exhibition: Brière – L’origine de nos mondes

When: May 9–June 6, 2015

Where: Plutschow Gallery, Waldmannstraße 6, Zurich, Switzerland


Exhibition: Christoph Eisenring: Flankierende Massnahmen

When: June 6–July 18, 2015 (Opening Reception: June 6 at 3:00 p.m.)

Where: Galerie Wenger, Mühlebachstrasse 12, Zurich, Switzerland



When: June 10–August 28, 2015 (Opening Reception: June 9 at 6:00 p.m.)

Where: SCHEUBLEIN + BAK, Schloss Sihlberg, Sihlberg 10, Zurich, Switzerland


Exhibition: Ivan Seal | Showroom

When: June 12–July 18, 2015 (Opening Reception: June 13 at 5:00 p.m.)

Where: RaebervonStenglin, Pfingstweidstraße 23, Zurich, Switzerland


Exhibition: Europe: the future of history

When: June 12–September 6, 2015

Where: Kunsthaus Zürich, Heimplatz 1, Zurich, Switzerland


Exhibition: Ugo Rondinone: Walls + Windows + Doors

When: June 13–July 18, 2015 (Opening Reception: June 13 at 5:00 p.m.)

Where: Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zahnradstraße 21, Zurich, Switzerland


Exhibition: Luzia Simons: Getting Lost Outside

When: June 14–July 4, 2015 (Opening Reception: June 13 at 4:00 p.m.)

Where: Fabian und Claude Walter Galerie, Rämistraße 18, Zurich, Switzerland


Exhibition: Paul McCarthy | Spin Offs: White Snow WS, Caribbean Pirates CP” and “Transparence: Calder / Picabia

When: June 14–July 25, 2015 (Opening Receptions: June 13 at 6:00 p.m.)

Where: Hauser & Wirth, Limmatstraße 270, Zurich, Switzerland


Exhibition: Stephen Gill: Buried flowers coexist with disappointed ants

When: May 7–June 27, 2015

Where: Christophe Guye Galerie, Dufourstraße 31, Zurich, Switzerland


Exhibition: Lucia Coray: Neue Werke und ein kleiner Rückblick

When: May 28–June 27, 2015

Where: Art Forum Ute Barth, Kartausstraße 8, Zurich, Switzerland


Exhibition: Follow the Leader / Seguid Vuestro Jefe

When: March 20–June 28, 2015

Where: Johann Jacobs Museum, Seefeldquai 17, Zurich, Switzerland

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