Hello everyone! Today I went to the Zürich Kunsthaus and can’t wait to introduce it to you. I’ve actually been there quite a few times, but in oder to write this post, I particularly took a close look today so you wont’t get lost in it (I hope) after reading this post. 🙂
Zürich Kunsthaus is home to a lot of artworks created by world-known artists such as, Domenichino, Edouard Manet, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Heinrich Füssli, Giovanni Giacometti, Claude Monet, Giovanni Segantini, Edvard Munch, Marc Chagall, Ferdinand Hodler, Arnold Böcklin, Piet Mondrian, Paul Klee, Alberto Giacometti, Wassily Kandinsky, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso etc.
First and most important, why did I choose to go on Wednesday? Because Zürich Kunsthaus (the permanent collection only) is Free to all visitors on Wednesdays (Thanks to Julia for this great news). Also, it’s not crowded on Wednesdays so you can really relax, sit, look and appreciate your favorite artworks.
I suggest that you should get an audio guide as the paintings or sculptures are interesting, but the stories behind them are even more attractive. I learnt a lot by listening to the audio guide today. And it’s also free. 🙂
For more info about the opening hours, tickets, address, contact etc, please click here to view the official website.
Before you enter, take some time to have a look at the sculpture right next to the main entrance. It’s Rodin’s “Gate of Hell”. Who is Rodin? You will know instantly when you see the thinker up on the gate.
Although Zürich Art museum is not as big as Louvre, it’s necessary to ask for a map as I don’t suppose you wanna miss some of the impressive artworks you wanted to see. You can have a look at the map above (it’s quite confusing I know). Or you can take the route as I did today.
There are in general 3 floor in this museum, the ground floor, the first floor and the second floor. Basically you walk upstairs to the first floor first, there are two doors on your right side with stairs to go up in the middle, three doors on your left side, and one door ahead of you. On your right is the first part of the museum called “Old Masters”. The first door is the entrance and the second one is the exit. The stairs going up lead you to the second part, “Impressionism”. If you walk straight it’s the third part, “Contemporary Art”. On your left side there are three doors, one entrance, one exit and one to the rooms of Böcklin’s and Hodler’s paintings. This section is basically swiss painting with a small amount of french painting. Upstairs, there is also one room for the artworks of Segantini and Munch and the entrance is the middle one of the three doors.
One thing to notice is that, “Contemporary Art” actually goes from the ground floor to the second floor but it has its own stairs. Once you enter from the door on the first floor, just use the stairs in this section to go up and down and you won’t get lost. (The thing I don’t like in this museum is that they open doors everywhere. For example, “Contemporary Art” to “Old Masters” on the first floor and “Contemporary Art” to “Impressionism” on the second floor.) I suggest that you finish one part and then go to the other part otherwise you will feel you’re traveling in time and get lost.
Now I’ll take you to have a look at the museum according to “Old Masters”, “Impressionism”, “Contemporary Art” and the special rooms. I’ll add the name of some of the paintings (if I still remember) as caption under the photo.
1. “Old Masters”
2.1. Vincent van Gogh
2.2. Claude Monet
2.3. Paul Cézanne
2.4. Edvard Munch (painter of “Scream”)
2.5. Giovanni Segantini
2.6. Marc Chagall
2.7. Edouard Manet
3. “Contemporary Art”
3.1. Piet Mondrian
3.2. Paul Klee
3.3. Alberto Giacometti
3.4. Wassily Kandinsky
3.5. Salvador Dali
3.6. Pablo Picasso
4. Swiss Paintings
4.1. Arnold Böcklin
4.2. Ferdinand Hodler
4.3. Heinrich Füssli
The paintings and painters I mentioned above are just the ones that I like. Zürich Kunsthaus is much more than these paintings and painters. If you really love art, come and explore by yourself. 🙂