Art Guide – Top #5 Gallery Exhibitions to see in Zurich in October

Lewis Klahr Circumstantial Pleasures, 2016 Digital video 15 min 19 sec (pic courtesy of the artist and Grieder Contemporary)

Art-wise, October is a very busy month. Frieze Art Fair in London just ended and FIAC in Paris is coming up soon, making every art aficionado’s calendar hectic. However, if you are staying in Zurich, there is plenty to do and see.

Here for you, the *a selection for the top #5 gallery exhibitions of the month of October 2016.

Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Michael Williams
Until 23 October 2016
Address: Zahnradstrasse 21, 8005 Zurich

Exhibition view: Michael Williams at Galerie Eva Presenhuber (pic courtesy of the gallery)

Second solo exhibition of American artist Michael Williams (B. 1978 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania). Williams, who lives and works in Los Angeles, will be showing eleven new paintings in the exhibition spaces at Maag Areal.

I love this excerpt from the press release:

„In his most straightforward technical mode, Williams distills daily verbal/visual tropes into digital images that exploit (and, in their seemingly casual manner, invert) the modernist concept of large scale painting. He does so by employing a monumental physical scale and a palette and texture that solidifies computer screen light and colour. In other paintings Williams employs puzzle piece compositional techniques and graphic noise to bring together the physical stuff of the artist’s daily life, from highway signs to keyboards to calendars to self-portraits. These more overtly autobiographical works are sometimes activated by thick, expressive brushstrokes working against orderly lines and the gentle fades of airbrush.”

More info can be found here.


Nicola von Senger
Beni Bischof: Bambi
Until 12 November 2016
Address: Limmatstrasse 275, 8005 Zurich

(Pic courtesy of the gallery)

A bit pop, a bit Kitsch. Beni Bischof is certainly not the first artist to experiment with a Disney character as subject matter (with Ghada Amer being my fav of all!). He does it though in his own way, breaking the naivety with disillusion, bringing back childhood memories into a cold, adult world.

More info (in German) here.


Galerie Thalberg
Le Corbusier
Until 19 November 2016

Address: Rämistrasse 38, 8001 Zurich

(pic courtesy of the gallery)

32 works from a private collection: this is what you will find at Gelerie Thalberg. A very private insight into Le Corbusier’s lesser known works, i.e. his drawings, sketches and prints (there are some beautiful lithographies!).

More details can be found here.


Galerie Bob van Orsouw & Partner
Boys’ Toys & Girls’ Pearls
2000 Years of Art, Design and Collectibles
Until 17 December 2016
Address: Limmatstrasse 270, 8005 Zurich


Installation view (pic courtesy of the gallery)

A new partnership and a reopening: with the first show called “Boys’ Toys & Girls’ Pearls“Galerie Bob van Orsouw & Partner is re-opening in style. The works featured are standing out as much for their origins and rarity as for the way they interact. You’ll find a wealth of associations and overlapping contexts amongst sculptures by Richard Serra, William Tucker and Urs B. Roth, Renaissance Madonnas, textile art and historic as well as contemporary treasures.

For more info on ticket booking see here.


Grieder Contemporary
Lewis Klahr: Circumstantial Pleasures
Until 12 November 2016
Address: Limmatstrasse 256, 8005 Zurich

Installation view  (pic courtesy of Grieder Contemporary)

Another American artist, another exhibition. The works of the acclaimed artist and film maker Lewis Klahr (B. 1956 in New York; lives and works in Los Angeles) will be showcased for the first time in Switzerland, at Grieder Contemporary.

This exhibition is a collaboration with Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, and it features the world premiere of a major new work, Circumstantial Pleasures (2016).

Klahr’s work has been screened extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia, including MoMA, New York, Los Angeles County Museum of the Arts, the Whitney Biennial, and Rotterdam, Goteberg, Hong Kong, Berlin, Shanghai and London film festivals, amongst many others. He was awarded the Wexner Center for the Arts Media Arts Residency Award (2010) and the 2013 Stan Brakhage Vision Award.

Not to be missed!


More info can be found here.