Turn the Puppets Loose

05.05.2017 - 10.09.2017
Di-So 10-17 Uhr, Mi 10-20 Uhr
Pfingstweidstrasse 96

Walk right in! The Museum für Gestaltung is presenting its valuable collection of puppets. As high points of the avant-garde, Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s "König Hirsch" and Otto Morach’s ensemble for "La boîte à joujoux" will encounter typical puppet characters such as Punch, a robber, and a princess. The puppet theater company founded at the Kunstgewerbeschule Zürich (Zurich School of Applied Arts) in 1918 led to an experimental engagement with the genre by the various participants. In the mid-twentieth century, puppet theater reached yet another high point in the form of "Fred Schneckenburger’s Puppet Cabaret". Along with delightful original puppets in all sizes, the exhibition will also present theatrical scenery, films, and soundtracks as well as insights through drawings and documentary photographs. This highly enjoyable show will even offer visitors the chance to take part in a shadow play themselves.

The exhibition opens together with "Sigurd Leeder"
Thursday, 4 May, 7 pm
Welcoming: Christian Brändle, Director of Museum für Gestaltung
Introduction "Sigurd Leeder": Andres Janser, curator of the exhibition
Performance: Karin Hermes, Marco Volta and Students of ZHdK BA Contemporary Dance perform pieces from Sigurd Leeder
Introduction "Turn the Puppets Loose": Sabine Flaschberger, curator of the exhibition and Applied Arts Collection

Turn the Puppets Loose
Collecting as Research

Museum für Gestaltung (ed.), E/G, CHF 23
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Guided Tours, Workshops and More
The educational program of the exhibition opens a dialogue by means of tours. And it offers creative confrontations in workshops. Find more information in German.

Exhibition Views

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