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Art in Public Places in Zurich During the Corona Crisis

Ganymede in Zurich

Art in Public Places in Zurich

During the Corona Crisis

KiöR – Kunst im öffentlichen Raum

Tinguely - Art in Public Places in Zurich During the Corona Crisis

Tinguely Art on Lake Zurich

KiöR – Kunst im öffentlichen Raum

Every year the City of Zurich hosts a project called Art in Public Places – or “KiöR” as it is known in German  – Kunst im öffentlichen Raum. Usually this means that the whole city transforms itself into an “open exhibition” for over 1,300 pieces of art exhibited in the streets, parks and squares.

Zurich as a Public Museum

Max Bill Pavillon Skulptur Zurich

Max Bill Pavillon Skulptur Zurich

The idea behind it is for the people of Zurich, as well as visitors and tourists,  to be able to view this “public museum” anytime of day, seven days a week for free.

Unfortunately, since the Corona Virus has arrived, all the Museums and Galleries in Zurich have had to shut and now of course during lockdown we are all encouraged to stay at home and avoid walking through the City unless it is absolutely necessary.

Giacometti Frescoes - Bluemlihalle Zurich

Giacometti Frescoes – Blüemlihalle Zurich

Corona Lockdown Calendar

Nikki de St Phalle Angel at Zurich Main Station

Niki de St Phalle Angel at Zurich Main Station

Therefore Stadt Zürich decided to create what they call a Corona Lockdown Calendar and every day during the Corona Crisis they are posting brand new video content of their artworks online so that the people of Zurich can admire and enjoy the artwork whilst staying at home.

You can see all the video content so far here.

You can find out more by clicking here. 

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The Paul Klee Collection – View Now Online!

The Paul Klee Collection - View Now Online!

The Paul Klee Collection

– View Now Online!

The Paul Klee Collection - View Now Online!

Zentrum Paul Klee Bern

The Paul Klee Collection - View Now Online!

The Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern displays some of the most important works of one of Switzerland’s best known artists, Paul Klee. Built in 2005, the modern wavy shaped glass and steel structure by Italian architect Renzo Piano, is devoted to the artist’s life and work.

The Paul Klee Collection - View Now Online!

Paul Klee 1879 – 1940

The Paul Klee Collection - View Now Online!

The museum contains around 4,000 of his works of art from paintings, to water colors and drawings. Paul Klee was born in 1879 just outside Bern and after studying in Munich he went back to Munich to live, getting to know important artists like Kandinsky and Franz Marc. After the first world war he began teaching at the Bauhaus in Weimar, but in 1933 he returned to Switzerland with his wife Lilly, where he eventually died in 1940.

Online Viewing of Paul Klee’s Work

The Paul Klee Collection - View Now Online!

As all museums and art galleries are closed at the moment due to the Corona Virus, unfortunately it is impossible to visit the Zentrum Paul Klee at the moment. Luckily, however, the Zentrum has made  many of his works of art available to view online so that you can enjoy his art even during the Corona Crisis.

Paul Klee Online Portal

The Paul Klee Collection - View Now Online!

If you would like to take a look, please visit the Paul Klee Online Portal here.

All photos courtesy of the Zentrum Paul Klee

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Photos of Illuminarium 2019 Zurich

Photos of Illuminarium 2019 Zurich

Photos of Illuminarium 2019 Zurich

Photos of Illuminarium 2019 Zurich

Now in its third year, the Illuminarium at the Landesmuseum in Zurich has quickly become part of the city’s Christmas tradition. The beautiful courtyard of this museum, is full of colour, music and vibrancy and in the evenings approaching Christmas, it is rapidly becoming one of Zurich’s real hot spots.

Photos of Illuminarium 2019 Zurich

Photos of Illuminarium 2019 Zurich

Photos of Illuminarium 2019 Zurich

Photos of Illuminarium 2019 Zurich

Take a look at our photos here and the video at the bottom to see what this year’s interpretation of the event looks like and do make sure to pop by. As well as drinks and snacks from the stalls in the courtyard there is also a pop up Fondue Restaurant for the duration of the event.

Photos of Illuminarium 2019 Zurich

Photos of Illuminarium 2019 Zurich

Photos of Illuminarium 2019 Zurich

Photos of Illuminarium 2019 Zurich

Photos of Illuminarium 2019 Zurich

Photos of Illuminarium 2019 Zurich

The Illuminarium continues in Zurich until 30th December and is open every day except for Christmas Eve, 24th December and Christmas Day, 25th December. You can buy tickets online to the special light show but don’t forget that entrance to the main area is FREE!

Photos of Illuminarium 2019 Zurich

Photos of Illuminarium 2019 Zurich

Photos of Illuminarium 2019 Zurich

Photos of Illuminarium 2019 Zurich Switzerland

Photos of Illuminarium 2019 Zurich Switzerland

For more information about the event and the light show please see our article here.

The Illuminarium Zurich

Where: The Landesmuseum Zurich

When: 14th November until 30th December 2019 (closed 24th & 25th Dec)

Admission to the Festival: Free

Admission to the Light Show:
Adults: CHF 13.50
Adolescents (10 – 16 years): CHF 8.50
Children (6 – 9 years): CHF 5.50
Free for smaller children up to 5 years.

Tickets are available here.

Children and adolescents can only enter when accompanied by an adult.

Video of Illuminarium 2019

Take a look at this video to get an overview of the Illuminarium 2019:

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Pavilion Le Corbusier Zurich

Pavilion Le Corbusier Zurich

Pavilion Le Corbusier Zurich

A Temple to Design

Pavilion Le Corbusier Zurich Switzerland

Have you visited the Pavilion Le Corbusier in Zurich yet? For all you architect and style fans this really is a must see. Modern, bold and bright, the this unique building is located a short distance from the China Gardens in Zurich’s Kreis 8. Stylish and impressive with a stunning interior, it really is something to stop you in your tracks!

This Swiss art museum at the Zürichhorn is now under the wing of the Museum für Gestaltung and is dedicated to the work of the Swiss architect Le Corbusier. It was founded in 1960 by Heidi Weber and not only was it designed by Le Corbusier, but the interior houses examples of his work. It really is a tribute to this artistic and very modern genius.

The Pavilion Le Corbusier was built in 1967 as an example of a so called “modern home” and at the time was quite a revelation for fans of architecture and modern design. The whole pavilion is designed according to the “Modulor systemexternal link”, which is a special scale of proportions invented by Le Corbusier and based on the human body and “the golden ratio”. It incorporates not just architecture but art in real life.

Pavilion Le Corbusier Zurich Switzerland

Every Summer when it is open there will be a new exhibition – and it is certainly  a new “must visit” location in Zurich.

Mon Univers Exhibition at Le Corbusier

The current, 2019 exhibition, is called “Mon Univers”, and you can view all kinds of objects (described by the museum as a “bewildering hodgepodge”) which Le Corbusier collected over the years. There are African masks, seashells, stones, animal bones and jugs and lot more besides. There is lots of cubism in evidence as well as geometric abstract art.  In fact, if you get inspired yourself, you can even sit down and start sketching!

Pavilion Le Corbusier Zurich

Where: Le Corbusier House
Address: Höschgasse 8, 8008 Zurich
Tel: +41 43 446 44 68
Email: welcome@pavillon-le-corbusier.ch

Opening hours: Tuesday till Sunday from 12 noon to 6pm

Opening months: May to November

Admission: Adults CHF 12/8, Under 16 years free

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All photos copyright Georg Aerni

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At Chaplin’s World Switzerland

Discover Charlie Chaplin at Chaplin's World

Few people know that at the conclusion of his life, the comedic genius of Charlie Chaplin relocated to Switzerland. Moving from the hustle and bustle of show business to the tranquil slopes of Canton Vaud. The star, best known for his defining films such as “The Great Dictator” and “City Lights”, spent 25 years and in particular his later days, in a Swiss village with his wife and eight children.

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Chaplin’s World – The Star’s Family Home

A cult venue for film-lovers and Chaplin fans, Chaplin’s World provides entertainment and culture for everybody, across a 3,000 m² exhibit space in the Manoir de Ban. The curators of the museum have transformed the location from a country manor to a museum detailing his life in Switzerland. The Manoir de Ban lies on the shores of Lake Geneva and dominates the charming village of Corsier de Vevey. The house, along with the museum and grounds, allows a new and intriguing insight into the great star.

Discover Charlie Chaplin at Chaplin's World

Designed by Philippe Meylan and Yves Durand, Chaplin’s World by Grevin has a myriad of exhibits detailing Charlie Chaplin’s life and career. The main part of the museum is the old house which contains a large amount of Chaplin’s own personal belongings.

Discover Charlie Chaplin At Chaplin's World Switzerland

Discover Charlie Chaplin At Chaplin's World Switzerland

Chaplin lived in the house from 1953 to his death in 1977 and his possessions give a great insight into his twilight years of film production. It also has items which allow us to picture the life of his family and children.

Discover Charlie Chaplin at Chaplin's World

Discover Charlie Chaplin at Chaplin's World

Discover Charlie Chaplin at Chaplin's World

Chaplin moved to the area after his re-entry visa was revoked by the United States as his work received a large backlash in the United State during the cold war.

Discover Charlie Chaplin At Chaplin's World Switzerland

The manor house itself has a long history of its own, being part of the Vaud landscape since 1705. The exhibits tell the tale of a happy life, as rooms such as the library, study, and living rooms have all been painstakingly renovated and replaced to look exactly as it did while the Chaplains were in residence.

Discover Charlie Chaplin At Chaplin's World Switzerland

Discover Charlie Chaplin at Chaplin's WorldDiscover Charlie Chaplin at Chaplin's World

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Discover Charlie Chaplin At Chaplin's World Switzerland

The Studio

Discover Charlie Chaplin at Chaplin's World

Another great thing to see is the studio. The faithfully recreated space is a glimpse into what Hollywood was like during the 1920-40s.

Discover Charlie Chaplin At Chaplin's World Switzerland

Discover Charlie Chaplin At Chaplin's World Switzerland

Discover Charlie Chaplin At Chaplin's World Switzerland

Discover Charlie Chaplin At Chaplin's World Switzerland

The exhibit shows the visitor what a silent movie production would look like when Chaplin was making his classic films such as “Night Out” and “The Kid”. The ten-acre estate is also a must-see for its charming views of Lake Geneva.

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The complex is around 3 hours from central Zurich and is in the small lakeside village of Corsier de Vevey. Chaplin did not intend to retire in Switzerland and continued to write and produce work from the Manoir. His legacy in the area has culminated in this fascinating museum to visit. Chaplin’s World provides an experience which is both interesting and enlightening for people of all ages.  

Discover Charlie Chaplin At Chaplin's World Switzerland

Discover Charlie Chaplin At Chaplin's World Switzerland

130th Anniversary of Chaplin’s Death

2019 marks the 130th anniversary of Chaplin’s death and in recognition of this, the Museum is organising a series of very nitrating and informative events. To learn more about the 130th anniversary events please click here.

Discover Charlie Chaplin At Chaplin's World Switzerland

Discover Charlie Chaplin At Chaplin's World Switzerland

Chaplin’s World

Address: Route de Fenil 2, 1804 Corsier-sur-Vevey

Tickets: For ticket information click here. 

For more information on Chaplin’s World, please visit their website.

Whilst visit Chaplin’s World we stayed at the Modern Times Hotel.

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Article written by Jan de Boer

Jan is Comment Editor of the Award Winning Student Newspaper “Nouse

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5 Things To Do On a Winter Date In Zürich Without Spending Loads of Money

 

Zurich in March 2018

5 Things To Do On a Winter Date In Zürich Without Spending Loads of Money

 

Zurich at christmas in photos

When my family first moved to Zürich in the dead of winter, a few new friends warned that it would be difficult to go on a date in the city, heck anywhere in Switzerland, without spending a fortune. And while it’s true that there are plenty of ways to indulge in elaborate ski, sightseeing adventures and expensive meals; my husband and I have tried also to seek creative options to get out together without the kids, without spending a fortune. In the last two years, mostly we’ve enjoyed the adventure, exploration, and unique opportunities here — many of which don’t cost a load. Here are a handful of them:

Bike ride round Greifensee

  • Go for a sunset bike ride by the Greifensee. I know, it’s already December, so you’re thinking what? But yesterday evening my husband and I bundled up and hit the trail before sunset to ride along the Greifensee. While chatting about politics and news we passed deep green fields scattered with content cows, the glassy reflection of a pink sunset running across the lake, and the distant peaks of partly snowy mountains. We stopped at various points to take in the cool air, and most of my stress from the week glided away with the ducks. Honestly, with a pair of gloves, a scarf and something over the ears, a winter bike ride is a spectacular way to enjoy one another and the Zürich area.

The Tradition of the Swarovski Christmas Tree at Zurich HB

  • Walk the Christmas MarketsMost date nights in December, we’ll walk at least one Christmas market to eat a casual dinner or just to visit before, during or after a meal. Among a backdrop of incredible holiday color, beside festive people from all over the world, we’ll buy a hot drink, and perhaps taste something delicious, but mostly we’re content meandering together. The other night we saw angels on stilts, ate vegi and shrimp dumplings from Wesley’s Kitchen for 12 francs a serving, we sat on a bale of hay and chatted before browsing the booths of leather products, ceramics, and jewelry while talking about our plans for the holidays.

  • Have a cup of tea and dessert at one of the many cafes around Zürich. Enjoy people watching. There are countless quaint cafes in Zürich, including the art deco Odeon and my favorite, Felix with its marble tables, ironwork balcony, and chandeliers. But recently we discovered the unusual and artsy vibe of Café Zähringer tucked in an old town alley. It felt like a mix between a San Francisco street cafe and perhaps the Cabaret Voltaire at its inception. With Latin music, a crowd of diverse folks, and a variety of relatively low-priced food and drink, there was no pretension in the place. The bathrooms were covered in cause-related stickers, the wood floors well worn. At one table, there were several men enjoying a card game. At another section, I saw a young woman reading tarot cards. We munched on gluten free poppy cake and sipped on unique teas while feeling a little like we were back in our old laid-back California town.

Cafe Zahringer Zurich

  • Window shop. With all its special cobblestone alleys strewn with dainty lights, the picturesque window displays of Zürich are dying for attention even after shops have closed. I love joining my husband venturing down the dimly lit alleys, rounding corners while sometimes sipping my trusty warm drink. We find a new spot in old town each time we adventure, it seems, on either side of the River Limmat. Through windows we peer in at sculptures, paintings, displays of hats, old comics, antique books, teas and spices. Some shops even stay open late. We laugh at a window full of stuffed bears and chat about skiing, plans for the holidays, about possibilities for the year to come…

Zurich at Christmas

  • Visit a unique bar or pub. You don’t (necessarily!) have to spend a lot to have a drink at and absorb a new scene in Zürich. There’s the Cabaret Voltaire with its contemporary and sometimes controversial art, the renowned Old Crow with its rare liquors, the Kronenhalle with its Giacometti tables, lamps plus Chagall, Picasso and Mirò paintings lining the walls. One of our favorite and less known places to stop is the Aelpli-Bar in the Old Town. There, at times little hand instruments are distributed to visitors for shaking or tapping along to live music. A waitress dressed in a dirndl serves potato chips and Alplimilch, while guests listen to accordions and other instruments played by local musicians making Swiss folk music — it’s a cozy, friendly, community pub experience!

Cool New Bar in Zurich - Widder Garage

I’ve only skimmed the surface of Zürich here… There’s ice skating at several rinks including the Ice Rink Bellevue, and Dolder Sports until 10PM and a light festival, the Illuminarium, at the Swiss National Museum. On Wednesday evenings a great mid-week date can involve a visit to view the permanent art  exhibitions at the Kunsthaus for free until 8PM. Down the way is the River Limmat just waiting for a romantic walk with a stop at cozy Hotel Storchen bar for even an outdoor drink on a fuzzy chair with a blanket. There’s live music in Hardbrücke at the un-fancy but super cool Helsinkiklub … and of course there’s much, much more that we’ve yet to discover.

Christmas Market Hauptbahnhof Zurich Caitlin Krause

Mostly, we feel a pull to look closer, to uncover Zürich beneath the surface — because we’ve found that it’s a city of secrets, rich not only in people and francs but in romance — with countless opportunities to explore history, culture, spectacular views and nature together.

Article by Amy Aves Challenger. 

Amy Aves Challenger is an American expat and writer of essays, poetry, and and a novel forthcoming. She leads creative writing workshops in Zurich.  Visit Amy’s website here.

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