Circle of Friends

The association “Circle of Friends” of the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich creates a unique framework for design achievements. For, in addition to the support from the public authorities, good design also needs private involvement. As a “friend of the house” you make it possible for the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, to continue presenting design, visual communication and architecture for discussion at an international level. The museum’s task includes preserving the history of design in our collections, presenting contemporary positions in exhibitions and publications, and taking an enquiring look into the future.

Exclusively for members

As a member you support the museum and you enjoy numerous privileges that allow you to explore even more intensively the rich variety of facilities we offer:

  • Free admission to all exhibitions in the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
  • Free admission to all museum events: tours, podium discussions, lectures, and concerts
  • Exclusive pre-opening viewings of all exhibitions
  • Special tours of the exhibitions and the collection archive
  • Free admission to the exhibitions in the mudac in Lausanne
  • Special events, for members only
  • 20% discount on all editions, publications and exhibition posters of the museum (available at the museum shops of both locations)
  • Reduced prices in the café of the site at Ausstellungsstrasse
  • Detailed annual report of the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich


Since 2009
Oliviero Toscani

3 Children, (United Colors of Benetton), 1991

Oliviero Toscani

Andy Warhol for Polaroid, 1975

Oliviero Toscani

Priest and Nun, (United Colors of Benetton), 1992

Oliviero Toscani

Fabrica Eyes, 1991

Oliviero Toscani

Patti Smith, 1973

Linck Keramik

V9/2 (spherical vase), 2023

Dafi Kühne

endless loop, red, 2023

Dafi Kühne

endless loop, green, 2023

Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris)

Le Modulor, 1950/1956

Alberto Venzago

Zwillinge vor dem «Temple du Python», Ouidah, Benin, 2002

Alberto Venzago

Andy Warhol. New York, USA, 1984

Alberto Venzago

Drei Mitglieder der Yakuza sichern eine Kreuzung. Tokio, Japan, 1988

Alexey Brodovitch

Bal Banal, 1924

Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris)

Taureau, 1953

Eric Anderson Reedition Révolution
Eric Andersen

Révolution, 2018

Freundeskreis Edition
Eric Andersen

Risographie, 2015

Guillaume Appollinaire

Il pleut, 1916

Susi + Ueli Berger

Stapeltischchen BE64

François Berthoud

Monotype, 2011

René Burri

Rinderherde, Argentinien, 1958

René Burri

Strassentheater, Napoli, 1956

René Burri

Baugerüst an der Kirche von Notre-Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, 1955

René Burri

Detailansicht von Südost, Notre-Dame du Haut Ronchamp, 1955

René Burri

Lichtscharten in der Südwand der Kirche Notre-Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, 1955

René Burri (vergriffen)

Mexico City San Cristobal (Luis Barragan), 1976

René Burri

Ägypten, Suezkanal, 1956

Michel Comte (vergriffen)

Helena Christensen, Vogue Italia, 2001

Michel Comte (vergriffen)

Chanel Story, 1996

Michel Comte (vergriffen)

Ray Charles, Interview, 1991

René Groebli (vergriffen)

The Eye of Love, 1952

René Groebli

Rail Magic, 1949

Trix und Robert Haussmann

Espressotasse & Unterteller, 2019

Trix und Robert Haussmann

Tasse, 2019

Trix und Robert Haussmann

Teller, 2019

Trix und Robert Haussmann

Platzteller Stripes, Entwurf 1985

Lora Lamm

estate e moda, la Rinascente, 1959

Steve McCurry

Walking on High Ground. Bangladesh, 2015

Steve McCurry

Ship Breaking Yard. Karachi, Pakistan, 2015

Jasper Morrison

Plywood Chair, 1988 / 2016

NORM (vergriffen)

Parenthesis right – left, 2012

Martin Parr

Zermatt, Schweiz, 2012

Charlotte Perriand

Vertèbre de poisson, 1933

Charlotte Perriand

Galet sur le sable, 1935

Jacob Müller (vergriffen)

Hocker, 2014

Christian Schwager

Fôret, Sondermülldeponie Bonfol, 2005-2017


Become a friend of the museum and enjoy numerous privileges.
Annual subscriptions

ZHdK student CHF 30
ZHdK member CHF 50
Junior (young people up to 16, students up to 26) CHF 50
Senior citizens, alumni ZHdK CHF 80
Single members CHF 120
Couples, families (including all children up to 16) CHF 180
Combined member Netzhdk CHF 110, registration:

New members pay half of the annual fee from July and no annual fee from October.

Please note that the correspondence as well as events of the Friends of the museum are offered in German language exclusively.

Contributions are tax deductible.
ZKB, CH71 0070 01148071 34742

Become a friend of the museum with your company and enjoy numerous privileges.

Annual subscriptions:

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Contributions are tax deductible.
ZKB, CH71 0070 01148071 34742


Franziska Barmettler (b. 1982)
Master of Science in Economics. Since 2019 Head of Sustainability at IKEA Switzerland and member of parliament of the Canton of Zurich for the Green Liberal Party. Member of the Boards of Operation Libero and swisscleantech; co-founder and Head of Policy of the swisscleantech business association from 2009 to 2016 and Co-CEO from 2015 to 2016.

Daniel Freitag (b. 1971)
Trained as a graphic designer from 1988 to 1992, worked as a freelance graphic designer for various Zurich advertising agencies. Since 1993 employer and idea generator, bag maker, truck tarpaulin recontextualizer, designer, developer, representative, and with Markus Freitag founder and owner of FREITAG lab. ag.

Vice President: Niklaus Haller (b. 1974)
Master of Arts in Secondary Education, Master of Advanced Studies in Business Administration (Zurich University of Applied Sciences). From 2001 to 2018 Director at Credit Suisse Schweiz AG (Senior Management), since 2019 Head of Clients and Member of the Executive Committee at Globalance Bank AG.

President/Treasurer: Markus Helbling (b. 1961)
Self-employed independent management consultant and board member. Chairman of the Board of Directors of Soeder AG since 2021. From 1986—2022 various positions at BDO AG, including member of the Executive Committee.

Arthur Rüegg (b. 1942)
Architect ETH BSA SIA. Professor emeritus at ETH Zurich. Own architecture firm in Zurich since 1971. From 1991 to 2007 Full Professor of Architecture and Construction at ETH Zurich. Researches and publishes on contemporary Swiss architecture as well as on classical modernist construction, colors, and interiors.

Office Manager: Mónica Gómez (b. 1973)
Assistant to the Director at the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich since April 2023. Commercial employee & marketing specialist with over 20 years of experience in electronic media. Mainly worked for marketers as well as TV and radio stations, mainly in the areas of product management, marketing & sales support.

Megi Zumstein (b. 1973)
Trained as a signwriter, followed by studies in visual design at the Zurich School of Art and Design (today Zurich University of the Arts). Won Swiss Design Award in 2002. Lecturer at the Lucerne School of Art and Design. Worked with Claudio Barandun at the graphic design studio “Hi” from 2007 to 2019 before founding Megi Zumstein Visuelle Gestaltung in 2020.