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.

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With about 720 historical documents and works of art the Kunsthaus Zürich keeps one of the worlds largest Dada collections: paintings, sculptures, photographs, works on paper, letters, books,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 Within the framework of the project «Dada digital» all historical documents and works of art on paper have already been scanned.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 The prints and drawings as well as more historical documents will be available online soon.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 informationen about the collection dadaism and the project „Dada digital“

Cabaret Voltaire :  recueil littéraire et artistique

Cabaret Voltaire : recueil littéraire et artistique. Zürich, 1916

Artists letters

Dr. Wilhelm Wartmann (1882-1970) was head of the Kunsthaus Zürich between 1909 and 1949. From his forty years in office, more than 10000 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», which started in May 2015, these letters are first repacked unfolded and individually and then catalogued. More than 5000 letters can already be found in the library catalogue. 1300 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.

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

Letter by Edvard Munch to Wilhelm Wartmann dated June 3,1931

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.

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