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: The Textile Room

Textile art is currently undergoing a renaissance. The exhibition The Textile Room at the Museum Bellerive ranges from artisan home textiles from the 1910s to contemporary design. It shows the importance of Swiss textile art in the international art context and documents the impressive careers of its leading practitioners with virtuosic objects and numerous contemporary documents.

About a century ago, the Dada artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889–1943), as a teacher at the School of Applied Arts in Zurich, steered her students’ floral embroideries toward geometric designs and thus initiated an innovative approach to textile techniques. Her student Elsi Giauque, whose kinetic spatial sculptures are now among the icons of textile art, is considered an important networker for the discipline in Switzerland. The height of the “fiber art” movement saw the creation of striking tapestries that make strong architectural impressions in public buildings. Designers such as Trix and Robert Haussmann produced extravagant designs for private homes. The exhibition traces this development and weaves textile art and design into a fascinating web.

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

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