Kunsthaus (Museum Of Fine Arts) Overview

Kunsthaus Zürich is an epitome of art that acknowledges the work of many prominent artists of the past and the present, such as Alberto Giacometti, Picasso, Backmen, Claude Monnet and Edvard Munch. The museum has made its mark internationally for presenting a huge collection of artworks including the old and the new ones.

The blending sight of natural scenery, fascinating architecture, and bewildering art is an added perk of the Docklands Kunsthaus Zürich as it escapades the joy of visiting the museum. This popular art museum of Zurich city experiences a major footfall for its prime location and promising exhibitions. A visit to Kunsthaus Zürich is a must on your Switzerland holiday package from India, offering an immersive experience that seamlessly combines cultural richness with the scenic allure of Zurich's docklands

Kunsthaus is located at the heart of the city and is well connected with public transport to aid the tourists and locals to reach in no time. As the museum is close to many other tourist places like Grossmuster and Lindenhof Hill, you can mark your presence at Kunsthaus and also enjoy nearby places. 

The museum, Kunsthaus is not only popular for its collection, but it also hosts many events every now and then for children. Also, it provides a guided tour, room for birthday party celebration, study room, shops that sell artifacts, restaurant and special booklets for children.

To visit Kunsthaus, Wednesday is free for the visitors whereas private tours can be planned on Tuesdays. On the weekends, Kunsthaus holds up several engaging activities for the kids and adults alongside special exhibitions.

How To Reach

Once you reach the busiest airport, Zurich, the 17-minute distance from Zurich airport to Kunsthaus Zürich can be easily traveled in no time via train, tram, bus or taxi. 

By Bus:
There are direct buses from the Zurich Airport that will take you to the Kunsthaus stop, from where you can walk the distance to the art museum.

By Train:
Direct trains from Zurich Flughafen to Zurich Stadelhofen are available that will take 20 minutes and will give you an opportunity to have a sneak peek into the lifestyles of the locals. 

By Taxi:
If you are in a hurry to reach the art center then the approximate distance of 11.7 km between the Zurich airport and the Kunsthaus can be covered in less than 10 mins by taxi.

Best Time To Visit

Despite the museum being quite big with ample art, a tour of the museum would take two hours on average. Kunsthaus can be visited any day except for Monday and for someone who wants to have a private guided tour, Tuesdays would be the best. You can also benefit your visit from free Wednesdays or weekend activities at the museum. 

If you are looking forward to enjoying Kunsthaus at its best then you must visit Zurich in the spring season. You can leverage from the pleasant temperature and not only enjoy the museum but other tourist places as well.

Other Essential Information

Kunsthaus Zurich has a collection of artwork varying from the medieval period to contemporary art. The museum also holds regular events to showcase the brilliance of popular artists. The specialty of these events is that it presents many paintings temporarily for the event along with the permanent colorful illustrations. You can easily find a calendar of upcoming events of the museum and plan your trip to Zurich accordingly. 

To devour the art at Kunsthaus, you only need to lighten your pocket with 23 Swiss Francs or $24.50 which is not much if you want to have an experience of a lifetime, adding on to that, there is no entry fee for the children and they can have a look around the museum without spending a penny.

History of Kunsthaus Zürich

Since the beginning of history, art has been a prominent factor for people with different ideologies to come together and appreciate the works of various artists. The home to famous European artwork, The Kunsthaus Zürich was not founded by the state or an art-lover king, rather in 1787, it was encouraged by a group of artists.

After a few years, in 1794, the members of the Kunstler Gesellschaft started contributing their own drawings or artwork of other artists. In the following years, a series of events took place that made the small collection of Kunsthaus Zürich as a prime attraction of the art connoisseurs. 

The first director, Wilhelm Wartmann, in his work years of 1909 to 1949, first focused on Swiss art primarily but later on the unfolding of events led to the exhibitions that include works from Hans Schuler and Edvard Munch. Under the supervision of Wartmann, Kunsthaus experienced its first exhibition of Edvard Munch in 1922 and a collection of Norweigan art. 

Another important name in the history of Kunsthaus Zürich is Dr. Hans E. Mayenfisch, who in 1929 began buying the Seiss art and increased the numbers in the museum to 450 artworks in 1957. The later directors of the Kunsthaus and some other influential personalities donated the Italic, Dutch and French paintings that are now presented frequently in the exhibitions of Kunsthaus.

Since the inauguration of Kunsthaus, it has organized several small and large exhibitions and collected the experts of art from different corners of the world. Kunsthaus is now funded by Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft, which is the biggest European art association. The current director of the museum is Christopher Becker, under whose direction all the events and major exhibitions take place at Kunsthaus.

Architecture of Kunsthaus Zürich

Kunsthaus has an alluring architecture decorated in Neoclassical style by Karl Moser and Robert Curjel. The Kunsthaus has seen a history of different architectural designs over the years which is why the building can be noticed as a blend of the designs by Karl Moser in 1925, Pfister brothers in 1958 and Erwin Muller in 1976. 

Now the Kunsthaus is extended by David Chipperfield’s version of the new Kunsthaus that elaborates the idea of Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft for a museum. There will be an expansion of around 5,040 square meters of galleries increasing the area by more than 75%.

They will have sections for paintings and sculptures relating to the Bührle collection, classic modernism, some temporary exhibitions and paintings from the 1960s contemporary. The museum will form a space called 'gateway to the arts' joining the Schauspielhaus on the eastern side of Heimplatz. This will lead to the university buildings to the north. 

As both the Kunsthaus buildings stand at Heimplatz, the historical hub of the city, both the buildings complement each other in terms of architecture and offers a stunning view to the spectators. Kunsthaus Zurich also organized guided architectural and art tours for the tourists.
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