Collections online

The Kunsthaus Zürich publishes selected parts of its collections online. The digital reproduction of objects is a work in progress. Fragile and rare pieces which are difficult to access as original object or not available elsewhere are published first. Up to now items from the library, the archive and from the department of prints and drawings are shown.

Rudolf Koller’s Sketchbooks

Rudolf Koller, Resting lion. From: Sketchbook P 65, fol. 2, 1851/1855, Graphite pencil on paper, 13.8 x 38 cm, Kunsthaus Zürich, Grafische Sammlung, Z.A.B.2887.003v-004r
Rudolf Koller: Resting lion
From: Sketchbook P 65, fol. 2, 1851/1855, Graphite pencil on paper, 13.8 x 38 cm, Kunsthaus Zürich, Grafische Sammlung, Z.A.B.2887.003v-004r

Rudolf Koller (1828–1905) is known as an important Swiss animal painter and creator of the «Gotthardpost». In the Department of Prints and Drawings of the Kunsthaus Zürich we preserve a rarely shown treasure from the artist’s estate: 67 sketchbooks, which show his rich graphic work and also provide insight into the genesis of his most famous paintings. As the result of a two-year project to digitize and restore these holdings, we are now making the sketchbooks digitally accessible for the first time; they will be published here on an ongoing basis. Wherever possible, we also include those pages that were once detached from the sketchbooks and can thus digitally reconstruct the original unity of the books.

Supported by the Fehlmann Family Foundation

Sketchbooks online

While browsing, you have discovered an unidentified study for a painting, a copy based on another work or an exciting correlation? Send us an email!

Contact: grafischesammlung@kunsthaus.ch

 

Letterpress copybooks Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft / Kunsthaus Zürich 1933-1945

Wilhelm Wartmann (1882-1970), the first director of the Kunsthaus Zürich, was in office from 1909 until the end of 1949. The extensive administrative files from his term of office have been passed down fairly completely to this day. The letterpress copybooks contain all outgoing letters from the Kunsthaus. With their alphabetical recipient indexes, they provide excellent access to the entire archive and make all processes relatively easy to find. In the 63 volumes from the period from 1933 to 1945, published here for the first time, detailed information on exhibitions, purchases, loan transactions, deposits, sales, import and export transactions and much more are documented. This information is not accessible anywhere else.

The letterpress copybooks are subdivided into two series: «Exhibitions» and «General correspondence». Within the two series, the letters are filed chronologically so that one can simply browse through a period. Since the recipient registers have been transcribed, it is possible to search for names of persons and corporations. However, the historical entries in the register are not always complete.

Starting with «Exhibition», the volumes will be successively published here as part of a project funded by the Federal Office for Culture.

Letterpress copybooks online

Letterpress copybooks exhibition, volume 57
Letterpress copybooks exhibition, volume 57

 

Collection dadaism

With about 720 historical documents and works of art the Kunsthaus Zürich keeps one of the worlds largest Dada collections: paintings, sculptures, photographs, works on paper, letters, books, journals, leaflets, posters and manuscripts. Within the framework of the project «Dada digital» all historical documents and works of art on paper have already been scanned. More than 400 documents are online right now. The prints and drawings as well as more historical documents will be available online soon.

More information about the collection dadaism and the project «Dada Digital»

Collection dadaism online

Cabaret Voltaire :  recueil littéraire et artistique
Cabaret Voltaire : recueil littéraire et artistique. Zürich, 1916
 

Artist letters

Dr. Wilhelm Wartmann (1882-1970) was head of the Kunsthaus Zürich between 1909 and 1949. From his forty years in office, more than 15000 letters are preserved in the archive of the Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft and the Kunsthaus Zürich, which were written by artists and frequently addressed directly to Dr. Wartmann.

Within the framework of the project «Artists letters» these letters were first repacked unfolded and individually and then catalogued. More than 13500 letters can be found in the library catalogue. 4600 selected letters have been digitized and are made publicly available here for the first time. As the project proceeds more and more letters will become available on this site.

Artist's letters online

Brief von Edvard Munch an Wilhelm Wartmann
Brief von Edvard Munch an Wilhelm Wartmann

Letter by Edvard Munch to Wilhelm Wartmann dated June 3, 931

 

Exhibition catalogues

Since the first exhibition of the Künstlergesellschaft Zürich on May 5th, 1801 until the end of 1949 when Wilhelm Wartmann, the first director of the Kunsthaus Zürich, retired, more than 700 exhibition catalogues have been published. This continuous row of publications documents the main activity of the Kunsthaus, exhibiting works of art, and shows also, how the institution itself has evolved over the years. Today most of these old catalogues have become very rare or can even only be found at the library of the Kunsthaus. However by digitizing them and publishing the reproductions online they become easily accessible for all. Furthermore now it is also possible to search the full text of all catalogues online.

Exhibition catalogues online

Verzeichniss der Kunstwerke, die den 5. Mai 1801 auf Veranstaltung der Künstler-Gesellschaft in Zürich, öffentlich ausgestellt worden
Verzeichniss der Kunstwerke, die den 5. Mai 1801 auf Veranstaltung der Künstler-Gesellschaft in Zürich, öffentlich ausgestellt worden
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