Kunsthaus Zürich

The Kunsthaus Zürich focuses on contemporary art. Its impressive collection includes works by artists representing all modern periods and styles

The museum is now erecting an extension vis à vis its main building to make space for its growing collection. The extension, designed by David Chipperfield, will be completed in 2020.

Swiss Re has partnered with the Kunsthaus Zürich for more than 20 years, supporting notable exhibitions such as Peter Fischli and David Weiss’s “Questions&Flowers” and Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled Horrors”. It became the Kunsthaus Zürich’s strategic partner for contemporary art in 2005. The partnership commits Swiss Re to sponsor one major exhibition and to support one small exhibition or acquire one contemporary artwork for the museum’s collection each year.

The Kunsthaus Zürich designs exhibitions that pursue novel perspectives and juxtapositions, disrupting established viewpoints and questioning received notions. We work with innovative institutions like the Kunsthaus Zürich because we believe art stimulates fresh ideas and dialogue and helps put a human face on Swiss Re and its business.

Over the course of our collaboration with the Kunsthaus Zurich, we have built up a notable collection of contemporary art of our own, contributing to a stimulating work environment at Swiss Re. To learn more about the collection, please visit www.art.swissre.com.

Specific projects

In 2016 Swiss Re supported the Pipilotti Rist exhibition “Your Saliva is My Diving Suit in the Ocean of Pain” as well as the creation and acquisition of Rist's work "Tactile Lights", a video and light installation displayed on the facade and the roof of the Kunsthaus Zürich. The latter will be expanded in a subsequent phase. We are especially excited by such ‘Kunst am Bau’, that is, art projects created for specific locations. We also value projects that, like “Tactile Lights”, are sustainable in nature and accessible to the general public.

In 2017 Swiss Re will sponsor Action! This exhibition, devoted to the medium of performance, highlights ephemeral and process-oriented art forms. In it a young generation of artists, taking a sociopolitical approach, reconsider the kind of happenings and art events that were popular in the 1960s and 1970s. Neither the role of the museum nor the history of performance itself escapes their critical questioning. To read more about the exhibition, please click here.


Photo Gallery

Exhibition Action! – 23.06.-30.07.2017

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