Museum für Gestaltung

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Museum fur Gestaltung
© Museum fur Gestaltung
Museum fur Gestaltung
© Museum fur Gestaltung

Part of Zurich's University of the Arts (ZHdK), the Museum für Gestaltung has temporary exhibitions of design, graphics, posters and applied art.

Posters, design, applied arts and graphics are the four pillars of the massive collection at the Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich’s museum of design. Dating as far back as 1875, exhibits chart the technical and aesthetic milestones of industrialisation’s evolution through crafts, furniture, prints, fashion, photographs, film, fine art pieces and everyday commercial products and packaging. The poster collection alone comprises around 330,000 works, and is one of the most important archives of its kind in the world, as well as a key resource for Zurich’s arts university, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, to which the museum belongs. The museum moved in September 2014 into colossal new premises called the Museum für Gestaltung – Schaudepot in Zurich West. In this new space a programme of stylishly staged, insightful exhibitions explore historical movements, resonant innovations and synergies with contemporary trends. It also maintains an elegant outpost in Museum Bellerive, a lakeside 1931 villa that was fittingly the former home of a fabric manufacturer and which now houses the excellent applied arts collection. This is particularly strong in art nouveau – with work by William Morris, René Lalique and Hermann Obrist – and textiles, with Coptic and Peruvian examples dating back 1400 years


Venue name: Museum für Gestaltung
Address: Toni-Areal
Pfingstweidstrasse 96
Opening hours: 10am-5pm Tue, Thu-Sun; 10am-8pm Wed
Transport: Tram 4, 13, 17
Price: Admission CHF 12; CHF 8 reductions; free under-12s
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