Museum für Gestaltung – Zurich Design Museum
by Clive Greaves
It’s open again! One of Zurich’s coolest spaces has reopened its doors after a three-year renovation and what a great place it is to see again. The Zurich Design Museum (Museum für Gestaltung) on Austellungsstrasse, just a stone’s throw, or two tram stops from Zurich main station on the #4, has been restored to its former 1930’s glory. The main hall is once again two storeys high and there are new exhibition spaces in the basement.
You approach the museum through one of the nicest green spaces in Zurich, with a large circular pond and benches for chatting or lunch.
And how interesting it all is….the Collection Highlights comprises 2,000 selected items from its 150 year collection of half a million, from arts and crafts, graphics, posters, textiles and furniture. The visitor can appreciate everyday and special objects which are quirky, fascinating or just simply good design.
The Ideal Living section features seven sample rooms which show us how we would have lived if we had followed furnishing styles of seven decades from the beginning of the 20thcentury; including flexible tubular steel furniture in the 1930s and the pop-art swing in the 1960s.
Changing tastes and lifestyles are exhibited with brochures and photographs. Visitors of a ‘certain age’ will be heard to exclaim, “Oh, I remember those!”
The section of Poster Stories is particularly fascinating, with examples of poster design from 100 years ago to the present day. A whole array of poster design approaches is on show, featuring different uses of typeface and early experiments with photography, to digital designs of today.
The opening exhibition in the main hall is about weightlessness; or at least objects that appear to be.
It is called Oiphorie: atelier oi and features installations from a design studio which float and move (to the sound of bird-song), endlessly changing shape. It is absolutely fascinating.
Add to this a very pleasant café and one of the best postcard collections you are likely to find and you have the perfect place for a morning, or somewhere unusual to take your visitors. A nice slice of Zurich museum life.
Museum für Gestaltung
Address: Ausstellungssrasse 60, 8031 Zurich (There is also a second locations, the annexe at Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, 8031 Zurich)
Admission: Adults CHF 10, Children under 16 free, Concessions CHF 8
Please visit the Museum für Gestaltug Website here.
The Exhibition “Protest” about Protest and resistance posters, opened on 20th April 2018 at the annexe at Toni Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 96,8031 Zurich) and runs till 2nd September 2018.
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Article written by Clive Greaves