Nestled in an industrial warehouse built in the early 1900s, Galerie Eva Presenhuber is a spacious and forward-looking art venue located in the former Maag Areal, in Zurich’s new urban development zone. Owner Eva Presenhuber has years of curatorial experience under her belt. The first gallery she founded was Walcheturm Gallery, launched back in 1989. Her mission is to showcase artists whose merit stretches beyond the commercial, allowing conceptual and experimental works to take center stage. Mixed-media artist Valentin Carron, who represented Switzerland at the Venice Biennale in 2013, has been a regular fixture at the gallery ever since his first show there in 2005, but artists represented by the gallery also include New York-based conceptual artist Trisha Donnelly and Swiss-born Ugo Rondinone, whose mixed-media installations push the boundaries of scale and space. A sister gallery, whose aim is to complement the shows at the original space, opened in Zurich’s Löwenbräu Areal in November 2012.
Kunsthalle Zurich does not keep a permanent collection. Instead it chooses to exhibit a variety of new and established artists, allowing it to transform its identity as a space for experimental and provocative art. It holds five major individual or group exhibitions, plus three to five rotating shows per year, exhibiting artists who make a substantial contribution to the current discourse in the art world through their work. Recent exhibitions include a solo show by Ed Atkins, whose video art and installations question the relationship between the virtual side of our perception of the world and its corporeal counterpart, and a show by the stunning Slavs and Tatars art collective whose work, regularly featured at Kunsthalle, investigates language, socio-politics and time. The gallery sits comfortably in the very heart of Zurich’s artsy Löwenbräu complex.
Kunsthalle Zurich, Limmatstrasse 270, Zurich, Switzerland, +41 44 272 1515
Ever since its launch in 1990, Galerie Mark Müller has offered a solid program of exhibitions by Swiss and international contemporary artists whose work ranges from the conceptual to the radical, and experiments with a range of media and styles. The gallery places great importance on its long-standing collaborations with established artists, such as François Morellet, but it also eagerly supports up-and-coming talent. In addition to about ten solo and group shows organized each year, some of them thematic, Mark Müller gallery is also a regular presence at art fairs, among others Art Basel, where the gallery has exhibited every year since 1993.
Mark Müller, Hafnerstrasse 44, Zurich, Switzerland, +41 44 211 8155
Mai 36 exhibits international contemporary art, in media from painting, drawing and sculpture to photography, video and installation. Shows generally focus on artists whose work has roots going back to the 1960s and 70s, with pop art and conceptual art exponents regularly featuring on the exhibition program. Some of the thematic favorites at Mai 36 include the perception of art as a form of communication, and the questioning of the importance and function of art in our society. Mai 36 holds around six exhibitions a year, of both national and international, and new and established artists, with the hope of surprising Zurich’s cultural scene. The gallery also works closely with the artists and presents their work in individual exhibitions, publications and at international art fairs.
Mai 36, Rämistrasse 37, Zurich, Switzerland, +41 44 261 6880