10 Must-Visit Galleries In Zurich's Kreis 5 Art Hub

Lucy Freeland

Zurich’s former industrial center-turned-art hub, Kreis 5, is undergoing a renaissance. With an abundance of fine restaurants, charming cafés, electric nightlife, and innovative gallery spaces, Zurich’s downtown district is the hottest area in Switzerland’s buzzing city. We profile ten of the best exhibition spaces in Kreis 5.

Hauser & Wirth

One of the most prominent contemporary art galleries in the world, Hauser & Wirth is an international exhibition space that prides itself on displaying the works of both emerging and established contemporary artists. There is a frequent turnover of compelling exhibitions that at once demonstrate diversity and yet complement and contribute to an overall artistic narrative. Hauser & Wirth exhibits an unparalleled program of the best contemporary artists in the world.
Hauser and Wirth, Limmatstrasse 270, Zürich, Switzerland, +41 44 446 80 50

Exhibition view ‘Between Daylights’. Galerie Bob Van Orsouw. 8th June – 27th July 2013

1. Bob Van Orsouw

Art Gallery, Building, Museum

Galerie Bob Van Orsouw promotes international and Swiss contemporary art. With humble beginnings in a singular apartment, the gallery then expanded to an atmospheric former factory building, finally housed in the Löwenbräu Brewery; Galerie Bob Van Orsouw has gone from strength to strength. The gallery is spacious, exhibiting the works of mixed media artist Nedko Solakov, and sculptor Cristian Anderson.

2. Kunsthalle Zurich

Art Gallery

Kunsthalle Zurich is housed in the modern Löwenbräu Arts Centre, which serves as a work of art in and of itself. Showcasing arresting examples of postmodern Swiss art, video installations by international artists and a varied mix of galleries on three individual floors, the Kunsthalle Zurich is a must-see for contemporary art lovers. Visit the comprehensive art history and critical commentary bookshop to take the experience home.
Kunsthalle Zurich, Limmatstrasse 270, Zürich, Switzerland, +41 44 272 15 15 left to right: Löwenbräukunst – Entrance to Arts Center on Limmatstrasse, additional storey Kunsthalle Zürich; Löwenbräukunst – Kunsthalle Zürich exhibition space, former production hall | Courtesy of Kunsthalle Zurixh

3. Barekunst

Restaurant, Swiss

Barekunst offers food, wine, coffee, and art. The dishes available are created using only the finest ingredients from across Switzerland, and complement the artworks displayed across this open platform. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, and collages are exhibited by emerging artists. With a delightfully chic interior and a cozy, intimate yet effortlessly stylish décor, Barekunst is a contemporary art gallery uniquely styled for an emerging generation of excellent modern artists.

4. Eva Presen Huber

Art Gallery

Eva Presen Huber stands within the former Maag Areal, a typical 1900s industrial building that is now a protected historical landmark. The Eva Presen Huber is packed with exciting new voices and established figures on the contemporary art scene, with work by Jay Defeo and the monochrome photographs and sculptures of Trisha Donnelly amongst many others.

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