The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, June 24, 2018

Kunsthaus Zurich extension to open in 2017
Extension Kunsthaus Zürich. View across Heimplatz to the façade with the new main entrance. Status: 2011 after conclusion of preliminary design projectİ David Chipperfield Architects.

ZURICH.- The preliminary design project for the extension to the Kunsthaus Zürich is now complete. The design by David Chipperfield’s multi-award-winning team of architects has assumed its definitive form. The timetable provides for the electorate to vote on the project in 2012, with the Kunsthaus extension opening in 2017. It will create space for a dynamic, regularly changing presentation of the collection of post-1960 art, attractive temporary exhibitions, and the new speciality of French painting and Impressionism.

The design by David Chipperfield’s multi-award-winning firm of architects, which emerged as winner of the competition for the Kunsthaus extension in December 2008 and was subsequently optimized in line with the jury’s recommendations, has now assumed its definitive form. During the preliminary design project, the basic architectural concept of the winning submission was refined and adapted to meet the needs of its future users. Further details were also added to the timetable and cost estimate for realization of the project. A functionally sophisticated building that respects its surroundings.

The extension is to be devoted primarily to art created since the 1960s, and can be used to present a variety of exhibits – from new media, prints and drawings and photography to pictures, installations and sculptures – which offer a fascinating contrast to the classical format of the galleries intended for the private Bührle Collection. When the latter is installed in its new home, the Kunsthaus will see its collection of classical modernism complemented by a new speciality: French painting and Impressionism. In total, 78 percent more space will be available for galleries and temporary exhibitions. One particularly attractive aspect for the population at large is the 119-percent expansion of the public space, with the central hall, art education facilities and banquet hall. There will also be a 97-percent increase in the area available for key operational functions, allowing for the integration of external stores and swift processing of incoming and outgoing artworks and goods, as well as accommodating workrooms, air conditioning and exhibition technology.

Thanks to the underground connection between the existing Moser building and the extension, the new Kunsthaus will fit seamlessly into the urban environment on both sides of Heimplatz and constitute a harmonious ensemble in its interior. In line with the recommendations made by the city’s structural engineering department, the above-ground and below-ground volume of the new building has been reduced in all its dimensions and the area in front of it facing Heimplatz enlarged, so that the new construction will appear smaller in the context of the urban landscape than was originally envisaged. The underground passage is no longer to be used as a warehouse-cum-gallery. The storage facilities will instead be accommodated more securely and cheaply under the building, and this will also allow traffic flow to be maintained while the project is being realized.

400,000 visitors
With the increased attractiveness resulting from the new extension, the Kunsthaus expects the number of visitors to rise from the current average of 300,000 a year to 400,000, thanks to the dynamic, regularly changing presentation of the collection, technically innovative displays in the new temporary exhibitions area and the new speciality – French painting and Impressionism – which will make the Kunsthaus the leading address for art of this kind in Europe after the museums in Paris. To ensure that the Kunsthaus can maintain the quality of its exhibitions, offer individual assistance to visitors and provide art education services tailored the specific needs of the public, there will also be a significant increase in the number of employees.

Cost target of CHF 178.8 million
The Einfache Gesellschaft Kunsthaus Erweiterung (EGKE) – the commissioning body comprising the Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft, the city of Zurich and the Stiftung Zürcher Kunsthaus – has approved both the preliminary design project and the detailed cost estimate for the planning and realization of the extension. Although it has become clear that preparation of the ground for building and the underground connection between the existing Kunsthaus and the extension will be substantially more complex than assumed during the competition, the cost target of CHF 178.8 million is only around ten percent above the original estimate of CHF 163.35 million. The reduction of the construction volume, abandonment of the underground car park idea and redesign of the underground connection have redimensioned cost-intensive elements of the project. The time taken over the preliminary design project was extended in order to ensure the necessary planning security and the greatest possible certainty regarding costs. This also enabled a higher level of detail to be achieved.

Financing from the Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft, city and canton
Financing is to be provided via two contributions of CHF 88 million each from the Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft (ZKG) and the city of Zurich, plus CHF 30 million from the Canton of Zurich’s lottery fund. The canton will also be granting the Stiftung Zürcher Kunsthaus (SZK) an interest-free right to build on the Heimplatz North plot. The combined contribution of CHF 206 million is based on the cost target of CHF 178.8 million plus reserves of 15 percent. The contributions from the ZKG and the city of Zurich include, respectively, project and construction management services they will themselves provide. To date, private sponsors, foundations and corporations have pledged a total of CHF 30 million toward the ZKG contribution.

Internal financing remains at 50 percent
The Kunsthaus will be tapping additional sources of income to cover the extra spending on staff and maintenance. It aims to meet half of the expected annual increase of approximately CHF 8.5 million from its own funds and thereby maintain the high, 50-percent level of internal financing. In its new cultural mission statement for the 2012-2015 legislative period, the city of Zurich envisages an increase in subsidies of between CHF 4 million and 5 million no earlier than 2016. The Stiftung Kunsthaus Zürich, which is responsible for property maintenance, is to receive around CHF 3 million more.

Municipal council and electorate to vote in 2012; opening in 2017
The city council aims to approve the design plan at its last session in December 2011 and submit it to the municipal council for a decision. If the latter gives its approval and no legal objections are lodged, the design plan will enter into force at the start of 2013. Following consultations by the municipal council, the credit facility will be put before the electorate of the city of Zurich on 25 November 2012. After invitations to tender and a four-year construction period, the new Kunsthaus is scheduled to open in 2017.

Last Week News

September 7, 2011

Exhibition by photographer Franco Fontana opens at the Modern Art Institute in Valencia

J. Paul Getty Museum acquires Abbey Bible, considered a pinnacle of Gothic illumination

The annual "No Dead Artists" show opens at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans

Exhibition of new work by German photographer Roland Fischer at Von Lintel Gallery

Exquisite Charles Willson Peale miniature portraits for sale at Heritage Auctions

Christie's announces important American furniture, folk art & decorative arts sale

Sotheby's to host "Turkophilia Revealed", a stunning exhibition of Ottoman art

Harvard exhibition investigates connections between renaissance art and science

Bonhams offers a rare and unique Zand Dynasty 18th century Persian gilded celestial Globe

Exclusive collectibles from all areas of history and military history offered at Hermann Historica oHG

Ransom Center exhibition explores forces behind censorship in United States between two world wars

Ugo Rondinone's "Kiss Now Kill Later" exhibition at Galerie Eva Presenhuber in Zurich

Modern and Contemporary South Asian paintings sale announced at Sotheby's in New York

Sotheby's wine season opens with two sales offering a plethora of Chateaux and vintages for all taste

Hull-House Museum Opens "Unfinished Business: Arts Education"

Arab museum: Events reflect effects of September 11

Marco Brambilla presents first ever video art selection in 68th Venice film festival

Affordable art boosts ranks of Singapore collectors

John Hoover, Alaska artist of Native imagery, has died

September 6, 2011

Raphael, Dürer and Grünewald paint the Madonna at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden

Stadel Museum discovers an important work by French academic painter Jean-Léon Gérome

Unique Roman gladiator ruins that flourished about 1,700 years ago unveiled in Austria

Thomas Gainsborough Linley portraits reunited at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Sotheby's Islamic World arts sale to feature exceptional ceramics from the Collection of Harvey B. Plotnick

Bonhams offers two masterpieces by celebrated Russian painter Vasili Polenov, unseen for 80 years

Sotheby's London to offer two landmark portraits by Johann Zoffany of the celebrated actor David Garrick

Italian cops nab alleged vandal of famous fountain; "exemplary punishment" requested by Mayor

Israel's ancient rebel caves, a hidden adventure published in an obscure journal

Film "Shame" directed by British video artist Steve McQueen brings sex addiction tale to Venice

Crazy Horse sculptor's 85-year-old widow, Ruth Ziolkowski, carries on mountain dream

1775 public notice known as a "broadside": Colonists asked pacifists to pay

Governor-General's railway carriage on show for the first time at the Powerhouse Museum

Mat Collishaw to feature "Bullet Hole" at the 12th Istanbul Biennial

Matthew Monahan, Untitled at Galerie Fons Welters

Bonhams to sell Aston Martin owned by Shane Filan of Irish pop group Westlife

Sotheby's Hong Kong to hold magnificent jewels and jadeite autumn sale in October

Martin Luther King Memorial architect says inscription will stay

Two arrested in Portugal after rhino horn heist

September 5, 2011

Salvador Dalí retrospective opens at Moscow's Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

LACMA presents first retrospective of revolutionary Chicano conceptual artists, Asco

Exhibitions focus on the vital relationship of the Van Abbemuseum with artists and art lovers

11 in 2011, Museo de Arte de Ponce enters the age of video art with first online exhibit

Reading Public Museum to feature works from its permanent collection of American Impressionists

Work by acclaimed artist Alice Neel anchors collection acquired by Rowan University Art Gallery

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei wins fans in L.A. with Los Angeles County Museum of Art exhibition

Florentine artist Walter Romani's Il Demone del Tramutamento at Palazzo Piccolomini

Iconic image of Kate Moss by Corinne Day to sell at Bonhams, exhibition opens at Gimpel Fils

Thorvaldsens Museum and the National Gallery of Denmark exhibit in Moscow

Brazilian photographer Breno Rotatori exhibits at FOAM as part of the Brasil Festival Amsterdam

Keynote lectures, panel debates and discussions announced for Frieze Talks 2011

Medieval English alabaster sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum on view at the Tyler Museum

Stroom De Haag presents Hans van Houwelingen 'Until it stops resembling itself'

States of Fragility: A solo exhibition by Anj Smith at Ibid Projects

Newly restored films by legendary avant-garde artist Jack Smith shown in Europe for the first time

GV Art Gallery acts as a hub for collaborations between artists and scientists

Influential street artist Swoon transforms Institute of Contemporary Art lobby

September 4, 2011

Selected works from the François Pinault Collection on view at SongEun ArtSpace

Exhibition tells the story of an unusual collaboration between two very different artistic temperaments

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Geometry of the Moment Landscapes at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

Exhibition of Louise Bourgeois's work at Fondation Beyeler addresses key themes

Recent paintings and drawings from 2008 to 2011 by Daniel Richter at Kestnergesellschaft

Real or abstract photography? Shirana Shahbazi exhibits at Fotomuseum Winterthur

San Francisco Fall Antiques Show celebrates its 30th anniversary with a host of hidden treasures

Exhibition provides rare opportunity to view drawings and texts by Andrea Palladio

Most important new reference book on Chinese export porcelain published by Jorge Welsh Books

A celebration of Helaine Blumenfeld's spiritual marble and bronze sculptures at Italy's Pietrasanta

Dan Gunn creates a new work especially for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago

Exhibition by artists from Georgia at Lunds konsthall is certain to have a political dimension

Gavel lifts on Chicago's world famous Lee Roy Hartung Collection      

Heritage to launch Estate Auctions, in September, featuring the best of the nation

American Craft Week: A nationwide celebration of handmade in America

10 years, 21,000 bone fragments, no 9/11 closure

Artists collaborate on a human-size "speaker" structure at The Showroom

New book shows how Mark Dion creates a monumental curiosity cabinet

Recent work from Bay Area artist Timothy Buckwalter at Mina Dresden Gallery

Museum acquires two African objects via Apollo Society selection

September 3, 2011

Special exhibition of landscapes by Max Beckmann on view at Kunstmuseum Basel

Christie's New York presents the fall sale of impressionist & modern art in September

Sotheby's London biannual sale of old master, modern and contemporary prints announced

Sotheby's Hong Kong to hold modern and contemporary southeast Asian paintings autumn sale

New Vincent Van Gogh exhibition at Denver Art Museum to trace artist's evolution

Fine Chinese ceramics and works of art for Sale in two sessions at Sotheby's this September

Charlotte's Mint Museum launches major Romare Bearden retrospective on centennial of his birth

Happy Ending: major solo exhibition by American artist Greg Miller at Scream London

New York's 9/11 light tribute still dazzles; despite its popularity, the tribute's future is uncertain

World record for much loved Scottish artist Robert Gemmell Hutchison at Bonhams sale

Raphael Dallaporta, winner of Foam's Paul Huf Award 2011, opens exhibition in Amsterdam

Installation of nineteenth-century modern objects and furniture on view at Brooklyn Museum

Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, New York's World Trade Center rises from ground zero

BJ Price 'High in the Depths' art exhibition at Amsterdam's Whitney Gallery

"Off Site" exhibition by a group of artist at Rod Barton

David Buckingham: Hung Like Elvis at Kit Schulte Contemporary Art

2 Greeks charged regarding stolen Rubens work

Mixed decisions on Hungarian looted art lawsuits

Battleship Missouri marks end of WWII anniversary

September 2, 2011

Christie's holds high expectations for series of Asian art sales to be held in New York

Newseum in Washington is first museum to show FBI evidence from 9/11

Lee Friedlander: "America by Car & The New Cars 1964" opens at Timothy Taylor Gallery

Bonhams Scottish Colourist sale makes 3 million pounds in Edinburgh with Peploe making over 500,000

American contemporary artist Jeff Koons to lend major works to Paris Tableau

New collection of works by Eduardo Arranz-Bravo at Franklin Bowles Galleries

Exhibition in Berlin unite most of the legendary Blue and Red Mauritius stamps

World War II portraits of Jewish 'counterfeiters' donated to Holocaust museum

Chinese-Asian works of art buoyant at Bonhams auction in San Francisco on August 30th

Angela Brady is second woman to become Royal Institute of British Architects President

Benghazi museum shows scars, triumphs of Libya revolt-artists free for the first time

Demuth Museum to open exhibition by father and son artist duo: "The Newswangers"

Tom Dale's "Memorial Drag Strip" is his inaugural exhibition at Poppy Sebire Gallery

"Exercise Your Mynd-BK Adams I Am Art" on view at the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum

Sotheby's Hong Kong to hold important watches sale in October

Royal Academy announces new Poet-in-Residence

Greek police recover stolen Rubens painting

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Galerie Miranda opens exhibition of works by Marina Berio

2.- Restorers unveil original face of Belgium's 'Mystic Lamb'

3.- Classic Beauties unveils the sensual enchantment of Neoclassicism

4.- Exhibition presents a dramatic survey of five hundred years of Spanish painting

5.- Glasgow blaze guts one of world's top art schools - again

6.- The Prado opens the first major monographic exhibition on Lorenzo Lotto's portraits

7.- Cleveland Museum of Art announces new acquisitions

8.- A record setting necklace, diamonds & gemstones propel $1.9 million in jewelry sales at Rago in June

9.- Czech Art Nouveau painter Mucha's masterpiece finds home after 90 years

10.- Exhibition at The Laing Art Gallery explores the garden as a "stage" for the extraordinary

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful