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Museum für Gestaltung Zürich

The Museum für Gestaltung Zürich is the leading Swiss museum for design and visual communication. Since its foundation in 1875, the museum has included what has taken effect as design. Its internationally acclaimed collection comprises over half a million objects from the history of design. The museum reaches a broad national and international audience, at its two sites in Zurich and through its touring exhibitions. As part of Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich is actively involved in research and teaching and produces its own publications on a regular basis.

This museum greets you in the following languages: D/F/E
Opening 1875

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal, photo: Betty Fleck
Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal, photo: Betty Fleck
Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal, photo: Betty Fleck
Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal, photo: Betty Fleck
Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal
Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal

Current exhibitions

Bally – Swiss Shoes Since 1851

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Whether on the first ascent of Mount Everest or on the streets of Paris and London, Bally, founded in Switzerland, achieved worldwide fame with top-class shoes. The company is considered to have pioneered combining craftsmanship, industrial innovation and fashion design. Since its beginnings almost 170 years ago, the company has successfully pursued a pronounced international strategy.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D
Bally – Swiss Shoes Since 1851

The Curatorial Project

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By growing their ideas into finished concepts, MA Art Education students specializing in Curatorial Studies, i.e. prospective exhibition makers, developed their own exhibitions: “The Letten District Goes Swimming”, “Questioning the City: Strolling through Text and Image”, “The Narrative Chair”, “Unlabel: Fashion beyond Categories”, or “What Is Food Design?”. A jury selected the most exciting exhibition concept for implementation.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
The Curatorial Project

Next exhibition(s)

Design Laboratory: Materials and Technology

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Ceramics dripping from a 3D printer? Clothing that helps one get up? Bacteria instead of leather for a shoe? What sounds like science fiction is already within reach. Not only in the laboratory, but also in design, material issues are more relevant today than ever due to digitization and the quest for greater sustainability. To this end, designers are increasingly working in teams with scientists from the fields of biotechnology and materials technology.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D
Design Laboratory: Materials and Technology

Knowledge in Images – Information Design today

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Never has so much information been exchanged as today. Whether for visualizing big data, publishing journalistic findings, spatial orientation, or as material promoting effective learning and teaching—information design explains the most diverse contents within the shortest time through combining much visual material with few words. For images have the power to simplify and illustrate complex facts.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D
Knowledge in Images – Information Design today

Photographics: Klein, Ifert, Zamecznik

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Light drawing, photograms, photomontages: the search for a contemporary visual idiom for the postwar period inspired artists and designers to experiment with photography. From 1950, William Klein created photograms, decisively influenced by the Bauhaus legacy and by contemporary gestural abstraction and kinetics. Gérard Ifert made his first movement studies, and Wojciech Zamecznik experimented with light painting shortly afterwards.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D
Photographics: Klein, Ifert, Zamecznik
  • Art
    Art

Location of the museum

Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 96
8005 Zürich

Location/directions

Toni-Areal Public transport: Tram 4, "Toni-Areal" Private vehicles: Limited fee-based parking including spaces for persons with disabilities is available. Access to the multi-storey car park at the Toni-Areal is via Förrlibuckstrasse. Also located close-by is the multi-storey car park P-West. Bicycle parking is available around the building.

Open

Exhibitions: Tuesday–Sunday 10am–5pm, Wednesday 10am–8pm
Tours of the collection archive: Tuesday–Sunday at noon

Contact

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
Toni-Areal
Postfach
8031 Zürich
043 446 67 67 Telephone
welcome@museum-gestaltung.ch
http://www.museum-gestaltung.ch
  • Member of the Swiss Museums Association.
    Member of the Swiss Museums Association.
  • Museum pass: holders of the Swiss museum pass have free admission.
    Museum pass: holders of the Swiss museum pass have free admission.
  • Parking
    Parking
  • Cafeteria
    Cafeteria
  • Restaurant
    Restaurant
  • Shop
    Shop
  • Very children and family-friendly
    Very children and family-friendly
  • Completely wheelchair accessible
    Completely wheelchair accessible
  • Very good accessibility with public transport
    Very good accessibility with public transport