Meet Henri Matisse, William Forsythe and Le Corbusier this autmn

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Zurich, the city by the lake, is not only a dream destination in summer. In autumn and the approaching pre-Christmas season, the city offers great culinary experience, parties and events as well as cultural highlights. That calls for a spontaneous city trip! We have listed for you what highlights you shouldn’t miss in Zurich this autumn – or really at any time of the year.


Zurich Opera House

Ballett Zürich – Messa da Requiem – 2016/17
© Gregory Batardon


The stage is the world: In April 2014, Zurich Opera House was named “Opera Company of the Year” at the International Opera Awards. The Opera House is considered one of the best in Europe.
This autumn, the cast will perform “Così fan tutte”, “The Marksman” or “Hansel and Gretel” (December). From January 2020, “The Magic Flute” will again be on the programme, as will Fidelio by Beethoven or “La cenerentola” by Gioachino Rossini. The programme always includes concerts and song recitals with world-famous artists. Every summer since 2014, an opera performance under the title “Opera for All” has been broadcast live on a screen at Sechseläutenplatz.
The Opera House is also home to the “Ballett Zürich” – a company of around 50 ballet dancers. They will give performances such as “The Little Match Girl”, “Messa da Requiem” (picture above) and “Forsythe” with contemporary choreographies by William Forsythe this autumn.

Further information can be found here


Pavillion Le Corbusier


Le Corbusier is considered one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. 17 of his buildings are UNESCO World Heritage sites. The last building he designed is located in Zurich, on the eastern shore of Lake Zurich. Le Corbusier designed it with the aim of creating the ideal location for exhibitions. Two years after the death of the ingenious artist, the “Centre Le Corbusier – Heidi Weber Museum” was opened in 1967. Until 2016, the museum contained the private collection of Heidi Weber – documenting the life and works of Le Corbusier.

Since 2019, the “Museum für Gestaltung” in Zurich has been operating the newly renovated building as a public museum on behalf of the City of Zurich over the summer months. The opening exhibition “Mon univers” was opened in May this year and occupies the whole building. It offers a magical insight into the world of the exceptional architect. In addition to originals from Le Corbusier’s private collection, it enables a visual dialogue with finds from nature, historical photographs and paintings. Until 17 November, you can still visit the architectural jewel this year and enjoy the wonderful, intimate exhibition.

After your visit, you can stroll along the shores of the lake. It is the centre of social life in summer, in autmn it shows its more melancholic but still beautiful side.

Further information on the museum can be found here


Kunsthaus Zurich




The Kunsthaus Zürich is located directly on Zurich’s Heimplatz near the Schauspielhaus. The museum offers a breathtaking density of works by famous artists. The collection is considered to be one of the most important art collections in Switzerland. Many Swiss artists are represented here, as well as many of the most famous artists of the past centuries. You can see works by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Andy Warhol and Joseph Beuys. A visit to the Miró Garden on the ground floor is also a must.
Plus, there are temporary exhibitions. The exhibition “Matisse Metamorphoses” is open until 8 December 2019, that centers on sculptures by painter Henri Matisse, who was also famous as a sculptor.

Further information can be found here

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And more information about cultural highlights, events or activities this autumn can be found here


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