When Max Bill’s Ulm Stool meets Albrecht Dürer’s Apocalypse (1498) and Adrian Frutiger’s Univers font encounters a Balenciaga cocktail dress, when Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s puppets dance around a SBB Railways Clock, or one of Emile Gallé’s art deco vases finds a companion in one of El Lissitzky’s lithographs, then the Museum für Gestaltung is presenting some of its many treasures for the first time in a permanent exhibition — and is drawing on its unlimited resources: for around 150 years, the museum has built up a collection that today comprises over half a million objects from the arts and crafts, graphics, posters, textiles, furniture, and product design. Featuring 2000 highlights from this internationally significant collection, the newly refurbished main building invites visitors to discover the world of beautiful, useful, and curious everyday objects.
«We're displaying the exhibits in thematic groups in the drawers and showcases. On top, though, on the exhibition island – what we call a table cracker – we let them make contact, detached from their value, origin, era, or function. They seem to like it because they look even more beautiful to me than among themselves in the archive.»
«The unusual form of presentation may surprise visitors at first. While no compelling connection exists in terms of content, similar objects nevertheless stand side by side, while colors playfully interact, capturing comparable structures and revealing the identity of our unique museum collection as visitors roam and discover its highlights.»
«Our museum has been collecting design, graphics, posters, and decorative arts since 1875. It is our generation’s privilege to finally make these treasures accessible to a wider public. Immerse yourself in a treasure trove rife with surprises, from the unknown disposable product to the international top-of-the-range piece.»
The designer pack of cards «The Happy Collector» shows 52 objects from the design and decorative arts collection at the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, selected by the curators Renate Menzi and Sabine Flaschberger.