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<SPAN class="caption caption-bottom">Tomi Ungerer: <EM>Great Expectations</EM>, 2009The Tomi Ungerer Collection, Ireland© Diogenes Verlag AG, Zurich / Tomi Ungerer</SPAN>
Tomi Ungerer: Great Expectations, 2009
The Tomi Ungerer Collection, Ireland
© Diogenes Verlag AG, Zurich / Tomi Ungerer
Tomi Ungerer: Incognito
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND  •  Kunsthaus  •  30 October 2015 - 7 February 2016
Tomi Ungerer is often said to have influenced everyone – as illustrator, storyteller, author, sculptor, builder, butcher and activist. Now aged 85, the ‘sharpest line in the West’, as he has been called, continues to share his acid commentaries with the world. But who exactly is Tomi Ungerer? We know him as a children’s book illustrator, provocative graphic artist and sharp author, while his erotic illustrations have polarized public opinion. Less known is his work as an artist; yet the assemblages, collages and sculptures have been an integral part of his oeuvre since he began working back in the 1950s. Our exhibition recognizes this important area of Ungerer’s work for the first time, entirely in keeping with the artist’s own dictum: ‘Expect the unexpected!’

Kunsthaus Zürich Website

Contact: Kunsthaus Zürich
Heimplatz 1
CH–8001 Zurich
Tel: (41) 44 253 84 84

Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs: Eurasia
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND  •  Fotomuseum Winterthur  •  24 October 2015 - 14 February 2016

After their work The Great Unreal, based on a road trip through the US, which the artists subsequently distorted beyond recognition in their studio, the Swiss duo Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs hit the road once again in 2013. In their most recent, major project they take us on a trip by car to the East. The journey began in Zurich and led through the Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Mongolia. Through regions in a state of transition-territories that people from the West know very little about. This series forms an imaginative counterpart to The Great Unreal. In contrast to the cultural and visual output of the US, which is present everywhere, the artists had barely any distinct notions of the “East”. The photographs and films that they made during their journey serve as the starting point for a series of works – some real, some surreal – in which images of their experiences are joined with those constructed from memory and the imagination.

Using analogue documentary media, such as 16mm film and large-format plate cameras, Onorato & Krebs playfully draw on the myth of the road trip and the exoticism of the East.

Fotomuseum Winterthur Website

Contact: Fotomuseum Winterthur
Grüzenstr. 44+45
CH-8400 Winterthur (Zurich)
Tel: (41) 52 234 10 60

Joan Miró: Wall, Frieze, Mural
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND  •  Kunsthaus  •  2 October 2015 - 24 January 2016
The art of Joan Miró (1893 –1983) is informed by an almost literal directness, which invariably foregrounds the materiality of his painting. In his personal accounts, he declared the wall itself to be the starting point of his painting. At first, it was the wall of the farm in Montroig, its imperfection supplying the inspiration for images that captured the beauty of the material with meticulous attention to detail and great poetic imagination. For him a wall was not simply an object to be depicted: it also dictated the physical and tactile qualities of the painterly. The move from simple depiction to according the canvas surface a status equal to that of the wall, as well as the careful selection and preparation of supports that we encounter in every phase of his work, can be traced back to this objective. Poured paint and deliberately placed splashes, whitewashed canvases as well as coarse burlap and unconventional materials such as masonite, sandpaper or tar paper are placed in the service of his imagination and play their part in creating Miró’s visual universe.

Kunsthaus Zurich Website

Contact: Kunsthaus
Heimplatz 1
8001 Zürich
Tel: (41) 1 253 84 84

<SPAN class="caption caption-bottom">Adriaen Coorte: <EM>Still Life with a Bundle of Asparagus, Red Cherries and a Butterfly</EM>, c. 1693 – 1695Private collection</SPAN>
Adriaen Coorte: Still Life with a Bundle of Asparagus, Red Cherries and a Butterfly, c. 1693 – 1695
Private collection
A Golden Age
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND  •  Kunsthaus  •  28 August 2015 - 10 January 2016
The Kunsthaus already possesses important holdings of 17th century Dutch art, in the form of the Koetser and Ruzicka collections. For this exhibition, these are joined by 40 precious Dutch paintings from a private collection in Zurich that have rarely been shown before. Most are small-format cabinet pieces of exquisite quality. They include cheerful genre scenes, magnificent still lifes and landscapes by outstanding representatives of Dutch painting such as Hendrick Avercamp, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Adriaen Coorte, Jan van Goyen and Aert van der Neer.

Kunsthaus Zurich Website

Contact: Kunsthaus
Heimplatz 1
8001 Zürich
Tel: (41) 1 253 84 84

Events in Dance

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND  •  Opernhaus Zürich  •  22 November 2015 - 22 January 2016

Ballet by Patrice Bart
Music by Adolphe Adam

Choreography: Patrice Bart
Paul Connelly, conductor
Stage and costume design: Luisa Spinatelli
Lighting: Martin Gebhardt

Ballet  Ballett Zürich
Junior Ballett

Guest solo at Ballett Zürich:
Friedemann Vogel: 17 Dec 2015 and 2 Jan 2016
Polina Semionova: 22 Jan 2016
Orchestra  Philharmonia Zürich

Opernhaus Zürich Website

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Contact: Opernhaus Zürich
Sechseläutenplatz 1
CH-8001 Zurich
Tel: (41) 44 268 66 66

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