Museum Rietberg

Zurich's Museum Rietberg is the only art museum for non-European cultures in Switzerland. It exhibits an internationally renowned collection of art from Asia, Africa and Ancient America.

The exhibitions not only showcase the fascinating variety of artistic expression, but also promote interest in and understanding of foreign cultures, views and religions.

Swiss Re has sponsored the Museum Rietberg, a close neighbour of our Zurich headquarters, since 1999.

Having significantly contributed to the realisation of the “Emerald”, the museum’s unique reception area and exhibition entrance, we later supported another of its architectural projects in connection with Swiss Re's 150th anniversary: Shigeru Ban's summer pavilion. The renowned Japanese architect created this reusable temporary pavilion for the terrace of Villa Wesendonck, the museum’s main building, out of remarkable materials. Its cardboard pillars and ultra-light carbon beams support the roof, while its large, hinged windows of polycarbonate afford views of the surrounding park and the city beyond. Having opened during the 2013 Zurich Festival, the pavilion is erected anew every summer as a performance space and an event venue.

In 2016 we sponsored the exhibition “Gardens of the World” and the sub-project "Wandelgarten", an artistically designed garden. To read more about the exhibition, please click here.

The next exhibition at the Museum Rietberg sponsored by Swiss Re is “Osiris Egypt’s Sunken Secret”.

Osiris Egypt's Sunken Secret

10.02.2017- 16.07.2017
Covering a time span of 16 centuries, this exhibition features objects from the legendary cities Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, which were submerged by the Mediterranean Sea in the 8th century AD. With intriguing parallels to Swiss Re’s pursuit of knowledge to understand risk, the researchers behind this exhibition are investigating the history of the two cities and the root causes of their extraordinary demise.


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