Discover Germany | Special Theme | Zurich City Special
100 years with the traditional brewery, has subsequently become a well-known term in the arts scene over the past 20 years. The tenants of the LKAG property nowadays are, apart from Zurich Kunsthalle and Migros Museum for contemporary art, such prominent enterprises as the Daros Collection, Artuma Holding, the ‘Kunstgriff’- book store as well as the aforementioned number of private galleries, amongst which ‘Hauser & Wirth’ are the most prominent on an international level. In addition, there is a boarding house connected to a mentors' programme. The cultural spaces benefit both visitors and collectors and, of course, the artists themselves. As chairman Norbert Müller says: “At Löwenbräu-Kunst you cannot only see but also experience modern art!”. Helpful for this experience are the manifold architectural improvements of the historical and partially listed buildings, facilitated through architects Gigon/Guyer and Atelier WW, who have also designed other prominent buildings in Zurich's West. The new additions to the Löwenbräu-Kunst site feature an additional storey for the main building, used by Kunsthalle Zürich, the new West-Building and a new hall to provide easy access to the art spaces, with generously laid out staircases and lifts.
The renowned Bob van Orsouw gallery will re-open with a new concept in spring. Zurich as a cultural city has an excellent reputation for supporting contemporary arts. The enticing radiance and international appeal of the Löwenbräu site has added significantly to this image and plays an important role in cultural politics. The thriving communion of, for example, the non-profit organisation of the Migros Museum for contemporary art and the Kunsthalle Zürich stands, as
Norbert Müller puts it, “like a light tower example for Zurich's cultural offerings and status as a city of innovative creativity and cultural diversity”. An example indeed for providing and maintaining the soil for one of society's most precious and important mirrors: contemporary art. www.lowenbraukunst.ch www.manifesta11.org Above: Löwenbräu area, visualisation – Photo: ARGE Löwenbräu Below left: Kunsthalle exhibition space, former production hall – Photo: Thies Wachter. Below right: New, modern halls and stairways – Photo: Thies Wachter
The white concrete walls of the additions with their clean cut structures and precise linear layout provide an interesting contrast to the historical brick buildings and visually draw the spaces together thereby forming a connection of the old and the new. The landmark effect of the topped up Kunsthalle building identifies the new ensemble and provides easy recognition. This year, Löwenbräu-Kunst looks forward to a busy summer. The Löwenbräu is one of the main venues for the European biennial of contemporary art ‘Manifesta’ with the telling motto “What People do for Money: Some Joint Ventures”, curated by the artist Christian Jankowski. The project will intertwine artists and Zurich-based professional sectors. Issue 37 | April 2016 | 55
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