Karl Moser and the story of the Kunsthaus Zürich

Studies and sketches on display as part of 'Karl Moser: Art and Architecture', the final exhibition to mark the Kunsthaus Zurich's centenary year
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Karl Moser, Renewal of Zurich’s old town, Project for the redesign of Central (1933)

1 / 7 Karl Moser, Renewal of Zurich’s old town, Project for the redesign of Central (1933)

Karl Moser, Extension to University of Zurich Project (1917)

2 / 7 Karl Moser, Extension to University of Zurich Project (1917)

Karl Moser, Church of St. Anthony, view from the street (1926) Basel

3 / 7 Karl Moser, Church of St. Anthony, view from the street (1926) Basel

Karl Moser, Kunsthaus Zürich and plan for forecourt, Project study (1908)

4 / 7 Karl Moser, Kunsthaus Zürich and plan for forecourt, Project study (1908)

Karl Moser, The Kunsthaus (around 1910)

5 / 7 Karl Moser, The Kunsthaus (around 1910)

David Chipperfield, Extension of the Kunsthaus Zürich (2010)

6 / 7 David Chipperfield, Extension of the Kunsthaus Zürich (2010)

Karl Moser (around 1920)

7 / 7 Karl Moser (around 1920)


Credited as 'the father of Modernism', even in his own time, Karl Moser's immense output totaled over 600 buildings. Of these, the greatest concentration were in his home town of Zürich, where contributions included designs for the University of Zürich campus, Basel’s Badisher Bahnhof, the Church of St Anthony and the city's museum for fine arts, the Kunsthaus Zürich

The latter is currently holding an exhibition devoted to the marrying of art and architecture in Moser's work (until 27 February 2011). Karl Moser: Art and Architecture marks both the final event during the centenary of the museum he designed and the 150th anniversary of his birth, and includes the opportunity to explore the Kunsthaus' new extension designed by British architect David Chipperfield. Over 300 objects are on display including plaster models, studies for the decoration of the Kunsthaus façade, drawings for additional sculptural building elements, sketchbooks and furniture.


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