Dorothy and her new friend, Venice

You can imagine how much I hated to leave Venice since I met this fantastic guy…well, okay, so he was my most fabulous water taxi driver. It was too bad he couldn’t fit in the luggage! But duty calls, so it’s off to Zurich.


The Zurich galleries now host an Art Weekend as a run-up to the opening of the Basel Art Fair. Arriving by noon, I was able to catch a number of the exhibitions. The Lowenbrau neighborhood, centered at 270 Limatstrasse, is the concentrated area for a number of galleries, the Kunsthalle Zurich and the Migros Museum.

Wilhelm Sasnal at Hauser & Wirth, Zurich

Hauser & Wirth has two spaces which featured a one-person show for Wilhelm Sasnal on the ground floor and an impressive works on paper exhibition by Lee Bontecou on the second floor. Other galleries of note in the building include Galerie Eva Presenhuber and Galerie Bob van Orsouw.

Cameron Jamie, installation at the Kunsthalle Zurich

The Kunsthalle Zurich also has two floors on which they presented an extensive survey for Cameron Jamie that included sculpture, drawing, photography and video. The work moves from a delicate refinement in the drawing, to totemic elegance in the ceramic sculpture, to raw and violent expression in early sculptures, photography and videos.

Carsten Holler, installation with Mushrooms at POOL, Zurich

The latest addition to the building is POOL, an innovative program that combines an international group of private collections with a mentor-based training program for curators. POOL is conceived by Beatrix Ruf, Director and Curator of the Kunsthalle Zurich, in collaboration with the founding collectors Maja Hoffman and Michael Ringer. Guest curators are invited to create exhibitions drawn from the work in private collections. On Sunday a symposium was being held to discuss issues such as new models for curatorial practice and the responsibility and possibilities for public and private collection collaboration.

Ivan Seal, painting, Galerie RaebervonStenglin, Zurich

Another section of gallery activity is the Maag Neighborhood. A young gallery that I became aware of a few years ago at the Liste Fair is Galerie RaebervonSteinglin. At that time I had been impressed with their artist, David Keating, and had written about him in a blog post. Currently the gallery is hosting new paintings by Ivan Seal. The pieces appear to depict three-dimensional objects but they are purely imagined with no physical counterpart.

Jean Michel Basquiat at Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich

Lastly, no trip to Zurich galleries is complete without a visit to Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, particularly with “Basquiat, Paintings and Drawings” on view. Featuring work from the early eighties, this exhibition offered an especially auspicious end to the day.

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