Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)

Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) is one of Europe’s largest arts universities comprising 2’500 students. The university offers degree and research programmes in Design, Film, Fine Arts, Music, Dance, Theatre and Arts Education.

ZHdK’s mission is to be at the forefront of learning, research and practice. While anchored in Greater Zurich, the university’s influence extends well beyond Switzerland to the international stage. In 2014 ZHdK relocated to new premises in Zurich-West thereby combining all faculties on one campus.

Museum für Gestaltung

The Museum für Gestaltung, Switzerland's leading design and visual communication museum, is part of the Zurich University of the Arts and co-operates with all its divisions.

Swiss Re has been the Museum für Gestaltung’s partner for several years, offering financial support to the collections.

The exhibitions, collections and publications make it a forum, an archive and a laboratory in one, creating a lively mix of research, collection and communication. Founded in 1875, the Museum für Gestaltung mounts temporary exhibitions, which includes whatever is effective as "design". The main thematic areas are design, visual communication and architecture. The exhibitions aim to be emotionally appealing, entertaining and at the same time academically sound. Furthermore it preserves objects of international importance in its visual archives: the Design Collection, the Graphics Collection, the Applied Art Collection and the Poster Collection are rich in milestones of technical and aesthetic development since the start of industrialization.

Exhibition: "100 Years of Swiss Design"

Opened in September 2014, Schaudepot (Open Collections) is the new venue for the Museum für Gestaltung, on the Toni-Areal site. This is where the museum stages temporary exhibitions and houses its collections of posters, design, applied art and graphic art, comprising 500 000 pieces. And now, for the first time ever, the museum is opening its internationally significant collections to the public, through guided tours.

"100 Years of Swiss Design" is the inaugural exhibition at the Schaudepot and also the first comprehensive showcase of Swiss design achievements.

From light switches and seating furniture to the iconic fruit and vegetable peeler, design made in Switzerland has always been known for its simplicity, precision, lack of pretence and user friendliness. The retrospective of 100 years of design history takes visitors on a journey from local traditions and modernist design approaches to the challenges facing a globally networked generation of designers today. Displaying over 800 pieces from the world's largest collection of Swiss design, the inaugural exhibition at the Schaudepot is the first to take full stock of Swiss design achievements. Everyday objects as well as iconic furniture designs by Le Corbusier, Max Bill, Hans Bellmann or Willy Guhl are shown in sketches, prototypes, scale models, promotional films and photographs, opening up new perspectives on Switzerland as a design country.

Contemporary pieces will remain on show in Raum Nord until 15 March 2014, along with ten film recordings of interviews with major Swiss designers, a look at fields at the cutting edge of design innovation in post-industrial Switzerland, and an exhibit on how design is taught and mediated.

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Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) - Museum für Gestaltung

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