Kunsthaus Zürich: Time – From Dürer to Bonvicini

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Roger Ruegger

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Should you happen to be in Zurich, Switzerland, these days: the Kunsthaus (which is only a couple of minutes away from the must-see Beyer Museum at Bahnhofstrasse) is hosting an exhibition about the various aspects of time until January 14, 2024.


For those unfamiliar: the Kunsthaus Zürich is home to one of Switzerland’s most important art collections, with around 4’000 paintings and sculptures as well as 95’000 prints and drawings from the 13th century to the present day. While around 1’000 art works are on permanent display, the special exhibition can be visited until January 14, 2024.

“From the Renaissance to the present day, this fascinating exhibition presents an immense diversity of artworks that, uniquely, are shown in dialogue with watches: timepieces in which perspectives from the natural sciences, sociology and economics are integral, just as they are in the works by over 100 artists on display.”

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This “journey through the history of time” consists of paintings, videos, films, installations, performances and examples of the watchmaker’s art. They tell of “the changing seasons, the possibilities to reflect and global financial markets that are now synchronized down to the last picosecond.” With more than 1,200 [square] meters of exhibition space, the exhibition is divided into six chapters which consider ‘deep time’, political dimensions and biological aspects of time, and more. Some impressions:


Curated by Cathérine Hug, the exhibition is a collaboration with the Musée international d’horlogerie (MIH) in La Chaux-de-Fonds (some will notice, for example, the Rolex Deep-Sea Special from the MIH’s collection), in liaison with CERN in Meyrin and experts in the field.

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