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Autumn 2016

Plaster, plasticine, marble, wood: new light shed

on Giacometti’s approach to his artistic media.

Although he is best known for his signature bronze sculptures, Alberto Giacometti

(1901–66) worked in a variety of other media such as marble, plaster, and wood.

Plaster was of particularly great importance to Giacometti’s work. It offered many

advantages as a medium, the foremost being that it allowed the artist to rework or

repaint his sculptures in a variety of ways. More than an intermediate stage between

clay model and bronze cast, plaster was therefore often regarded by Giacometti as a

primary medium, and many of his works exist only in plaster.

Alberto Giacometti—Beyond Bronze is based on a gift by Bruno Giacometti of seventy-five

plaster sculptures to Kunsthaus Zürich, where they have been extensively

restored and researched. With more than two hundred illustrations, including many

in large format and full color, the book features masterpieces from every stage of

Giacometti’s career. Apart from the book’s main focus—the place of plaster in the

artist’s oeuvre—it also includes works in marble, bronze, and wood. Together, these

sculptures show how Giacometti approached the material properties of the different

media and offer insight into the creative process of one of the twentieth century’s

greatest artists.

Published to accompany a major exhibition at Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti—Beyond

Bronze celebrates a lesser-known, yet fundamentally important aspect

of the artist’s work.

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Sheds fresh light on fundamental

aspects of Giacometti’s technique

and choice of material in


Focuses on Giacometti’s artistic

approach to the material nature

of his chosen media, offering an

insight into the creative process

Based on years of extensive research

and restoration work on

seventy-five plasters held at Kunsthaus


Exhibition: Kunsthaus Zürich, 28

October 2016 to 15 January 2017

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academic libraries

Alberto Giacometti – Beyond Bronze

Edited by Kunsthaus Zürich

Essays by Philippe Büttner,

Casimiro Di Crescenzo, Catherine

Grenier, Tobias Haupt, Christian

Klemm, Kerstin Mürer, and

Stefan Zweifel

Hardback, 240 pages

approx. 243 color and 18 b/w


22 × 27 cm (9 × 11 in)

978-3-85881-785-3 English

978-3-85881-786-0 French

Price: sFr. 59.00 | € 58.00

£ 40.00 | $ 59.00

Kunsthaus Zürich is home to one

of the most important art collections

in Europe, including one of

the world’s largest and most significant

collections of Giacometti’s

work in sculpture, drawing, and


NOVEMBER 2016 (Europe)



The most comprehensive survey to date of

Giovanni Segantini‘s painting.

Italian-born Swiss painter Giovanni Segantini (1858–99) created his work—primarily

landscapes—largely in and around his home in the Swiss Alps. As an artist, he is a

difficult figure to place. While utilizing pointillist or divisionist techniques, Segantini’s

style of painting shares a closer affinity with symbolism. More recently, he has also

begun to be acknowledged as an early convert to modernism, his work poised at the

transition from 19 th -century aesthetics to 20 th -century artistic experimentation.

A long-awaited retrospective, Giovanni Segantini showcases sixty paintings selected

from the artist’s prolific career. Suffused with light and saturated with color, they

feature villages, farmers and shepherds watching over wandering livestock, and idyllic

pastoral scenes from the Swiss Alps. Each painting is described in detail with information

about the circumstances of its creation. An introductory essay examines Segantini’s

life and work, assessing the reception of his paintings over more than a century,

including his influence on later artists and movements, such as Joseph Beuys or the

futurists. Additional essays bring together the latest research on Segantini’s biography,

his depictions of nature and the connections between nature and man, his masterful

handling of shadow and light, and the divisionist combinations of iconography in

Segantini’s later works.

Giovanni Segantini offers a comprehensive overview of this inventive alpine artist,

featuring many paintings that have not been accessible to the public in many years.

It will be welcomed by art historians, collectors, curators, and all with an interest in

this period in art.

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Segantini is one of the most significant

exponents of symbolism

and one of the most popular fin

de siècle painters

First comprehensive monograph

on Segantini in decades, featuring

many paintings that have not

been on public display for a long


Offers detailed descriptions of

sixty key works, reflecting latest


Giovanni Segantini

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early modern art; academic libraries

Beat Stutzer

Edited by Giovanni Segantini

Foundation, St. Moritz

Hardback, 208 pages

140 color illustrations

25 × 30 cm (10 × 12 in)

978-3-85881-783-9 English

978-3-85881-784-6 Italian

Price: sFr. 49.00 | € 48.00

£ 35.00 | $ 49.00

Beat Stutzer was director of the

Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur

1982–2011 and has been curator

of the Segantini Museum in

St. Moritz since 1998.

OCTOBER 2016 (Europe)



At its height, the Dada movement not only upended European art, it also brought that

tradition into unprecedented dialogue with non-European forms of expression. This

book offers the first extended analysis of Dada’s exploration of non-Western art and

culture. Richly illustrated essays present close analyses of artifacts from Africa, Asia,

and Oceania in the context of Dada and through an ethnological lens. Contributors

also investigate the ways in which the influence of Dada can be seen in postcolonial

discourse and in the context of cultural transfer.

Featuring works by Jean Arp, Hugo Ball, George Grosz, Raoul Hausmann, Hannah

Höch, Man Ray, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Tristan Tzara, and many other artists, this is

a major work that will enable a broad rethinking of Dada’s aims and achievements.

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The Dada movement’s examination

of non-European art is a

hardly explored topic so far

First book ever to document how

Dada absorbed artistic influences

from Africa, Asia, and Oceania

Exhibition: Berlinische Galerie,

Berlin, 4 August to 7 November


The largely unknown story of how the Dada

movement explored and was inspired by art

from Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

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non-European art; academic


Dada Africa

Dialogue with the Other

Edited by Ralf Burmeister,

Michaela Oberhofer, and

Esther Tisa Francini

In cooperation with Museum

Rietberg Zürich and Berlinische

Galerie, Berlin

Hardback, 244 pages

203 color and 38 b/w illustrations

23 × 28 cm (9 × 11 in)

978-3-85881-779-2 English

Price: sFr. 39.00 | € 38.00

£ 30.00 | $ 40.00



Ralf Burmeister studied Art History

and German Literature and

has been a curator at Berlinische

Galerie in Berlin since 2005. He

has published widely on the topic

of Dada.

Michaela Oberhofer is an ethnologist

and curator of African Art at

Museum Rietberg Zürich.

Esther Tisa Francini studied history

and works as a research assistant

at Museum Rietberg, where

she is also in charge of provenance



Dada began on February 5, 1916, when Hugo Ball, Emmy Hennings, and others

launched the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich. Cabaret Voltaire would eventually become

the stuff of legend, joined by the short-lived but no less significant Gallery Dada. Even

as Dada spread throughout Europe and the world, its heart was always in Zurich.

This book honors the centennial of Dada by telling for the first time the full story of

its genesis and the role played by Zurich and its vibrant community of artists in its

creation and flourishing. It sets the early years of Dada firmly in the city’s historical

and cultural context and reveals the intellectual and social background that were

crucial to the fermenting artistic ideas that culminated in Dada. It goes on to trace

the explosion of Dada into a worldwide phenomenon that took in such artists and

intellectuals as Joan Miró, Marcel Duchamp, Jean Cocteau, and Man Ray.

Richly illustrated, this book will stand as the definitive account of the origins of Dada

and its little-considered ties to one particular, spectacular city.

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Comprehensively documents the

early years of Dada in topical essays

Explores Dada’s intellectual and

social background from today’s

point of view

Features rich rarely published

material from the collections of

international museums

2016 marks Dada’s centenary

Dada’s big bang in Zürich 1916: the full story.

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modern art; academic libraries

Genesis Dada

100 Years of Dada Zurich

Edited by Arp Museum Bahnhof

Rolandseck, Remagen,

and Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich

Hardback, 248 pages

143 color and 23 b/w illustrations

19 × 26 cm (7.5 × 10.5 in)

978-3-85881-767-9 English

Price: sFr. 39.00 | € 38.00

£ 30.00 | $ 45.00


Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck

in Remagen, Germany, is a museum

dedicated to the work of

Hans (Jean) Arp and Sophie

Taeuber-Arp. Apart from its eminent

Arp Collection the museum is

also home to the Rau Collection

for UNICEF and a vast collection

of international contemporary art.

Cabaret Voltaire in Zürich is a cultural

space dedicated to the heritage

and the artistic and philosophical

exploration of Dada. It is

located in the very building and

rooms where Dada was founded in



This book brings together three exceptional German visionaries of early modernism:

the novelist, poet, and inventor Paul Scheerbart, architect Bruno Taut, and architect

and artist Paul Goesch. All three men were wildly creative, offering unprecedented

meldings of art and architecture into fantasias of invention that spoke directly to the

concerns of the early Weimar Republic—while anticipating many of the architectural

and artistic innovations of the decades that followed.

Modern Visionaries, published to coincide with an exhibition at Berlin’s Berlinische

Galerie in spring and summer 2016, presents some eighty previously unpublished

watercolors by Goesch alongside texts and drawings by Scheerbart and Taut, as well

as works by other members of the Crystal Chain, the forum for utopian architecture

founded by Taut in 1919. Essays by experts on the work of all three men complement

the artworks, putting them in historical and artistic context.

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First book to present works by

Scheerbart, Taut, and Goesch in

direct comparison and to document

their personal and artistic


Sheds new light on a little known

circle of artists and architects in

Germany after the First World


Features key works by poet and

inventor Paul Scheerbart and architect

Bruno Taut, and previously

unpublished watercolors by

artist Paul Goesch

Exhibition: Berlinische Galerie,

Berlin, 15 April to 31 October


Architectural fantasies, drawings, watercolors and

writings by three visionaries of the early 20th century.

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and architecture; academic libraries

Modern Visionaries

Paul Scheerbart, Bruno Taut, Paul Goesch

Edited by Berlinische Galerie

Essays by Annelie Lütgens,

Eva-Maria Barkhofen, Sabine

Hohnholz, and Ralph Musielski

Paperback, 200 pages

200 color illustrations

23 × 27 cm (9 × 11 in)


English / German

Price: sFr. 39.00 | € 38.00

£ 30.00 | $ 40.00


Berlinische Galerie is the city of

Berlin’s museum of modern art,

photography, and architecture.

Annelie Lütgens is curator of

Berlinische Galerie’s collection

of prints and drawings.

Eva-Maria Barkhofen is Head

of Architectural Archives at the

Akademie der Künste Berlin.

Sabine Hohnholz works as a research

assistant at Sammlung Prinzhorn

in Heidelberg, Germany.

Ralph Musielski is a scholar of

German literature with a special

interest in Paul Scheerbart’s work.


Few figures tower over twentieth-century art like Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol.

Their works were pathbreaking and incalculably influential, yet at the same time both

artists were wildly popular in their lifetime and have only become more so in the decades

since their deaths. Despite the striking differences in their art and personalities,

the two men nonetheless had a lot in common—the most obvious being a strong sense

of the power of publicity and an affinity for eccentricity and extravagance. They also

shared a love of New York, which both men made the heart of their social lives; it was

there, in the 1960s, that they met for the first time.

This book offers the first-ever direct juxtaposition of Dalí and Warhol as personalities

and artists. Torsten Otte builds his account through perceptive analyses of similarities

in their lives and work, and he fleshes it out brilliantly through interviews with

some one hundred and twenty people who knew and worked with the men. A rich

illustration program rounds out the book, making it an essential document of twentieth-century

art and a wonderful addition to the libraries of fans of these two giants.

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The first-ever comparative study

of these two outstanding artists

Based on extensive research and

interviews with some 120 friends

and acquaintances of Dalí and


Features previously unpublished

illustrative photographs and documents

The first-ever comparative study on two of the 20th

century’s most significant, and most notorious, artists.

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contemporary art; academic libraries

Salvador Dalí & Andy Warhol

Encounters in New York and Beyond

Torsten Otte

Hardback, 416 pages

28 color and 29 b/w illustrations

17 × 24 cm (7 × 9.5 in)

978-3-85881-774-7 English

Price: sFr. 49.00 | € 48.00

£ 35.00 | $ 49.00

Torsten Otte is an attorney and art

historian, living in Berlin. He is

also the author of a biography of

Salvador Dalí.




Sonja Sekula (1918–63) was born and educated in Lucerne, Switzerland, but emigrated

to the United States with her parents in 1936. In 1941, she began studying art at the

Arts Students League in New York and made the acquaintance of André Breton and

his friends among the surrealists. Her automatic paintings and texts soon captured

the interest of Peggy Guggenheim and Marcel Duchamp. In 1943, she was invited for

the first time to show her work at Guggenheim’s Art of This Century Gallery, and

throughout the late 1940s she was also featured in solo and group exhibitions at Betty

Parsons Gallery. However, mental health problems dogged her throughout her life,

and she returned to Switzerland for treatment in 1955, where she committed suicide

in 1963.

This book provides a comprehensive overview of Sekula’s art in context of the work of

her friends and fellow artists from the period. Richly illustrated, it offers a chance to

rediscover an immensely talented artist who has been unjustly neglected.

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Only book in English on Swiss

artist Sonja Sekula

Sekula enjoyed considerable success

in America in the 1940s and


Features her work in context with

her New York contemporaries

Exhibition: Kunstmuseum Luzern,

11 June to 25 September 2016

One of Switzerland’s most significant female artists

in context with her New York artist friends.

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contemporary art; academic libraries

Sonja Sekula & Friends

Edited by Kunstmuseum Luzern

Essays by Fanny Fetzer, Dominik

Müller, and Griselda Pollock

Paperback, 160 pages

98 color and 2 b/w illustrations

24 × 32.5 cm (9.5 × 13 in)


English / German

Price: sFr. 49.00 | € 48.00

£ 38.00 | $ 55.00



Kunstmuseum Luzern is one of

Switzerland’s leading art museums

with a special focus on contemporary

art and on Swiss artists.

Fanni Fetzer is Director of Kunstmuseum


Dominik Müller is a scholar of art

history and Kunstmuseum Luzern’s

Exhibition Manager since 2015.

Previously he worked as a research

assistant at Museum Tnguely in


Griselda Pollock is a scholar of art

history and Director of the Centre

for Cultural Analysis, Theory and

History (CentreCATH) in Leeds.

She was founder of the Feminist

Art History Collective in 1973.


The Swiss collects the work of Swedish photographer Christian Nilson, who has lived

in Switzerland for more than ten years. During that time, he has traveled hundreds

of miles throughout the country, camera in hand, capturing countless people and

places through his inimitable self-taught technique, which involves using flash to ensure

every detail is perfectly visible. Nilson brings his perspective as an immigrant in

Switzerland to a wide variety of subjects that show his love of his adopted country in

all its conflicted complexity—the traditional and the innovative, the spectacular and

the mundane. By turns pensive and humorous, Nilson’s photographic journey through

Switzerland will be of interest to anyone who has called a new place home, while

also introducing new audiences to one of the most exciting young voices in European

photography. With sixty-seven full-color images, the book also includes an essay by

Jon Bollmann.

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A portrait of Switzerland with

the immigrant’s fresh view

A pictorial protocol of the

approach to a new home

A humorous look at the Swiss

variety of absurdity

Switzerland seen by a Swede: approaches to a new


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or in Switzerland

The Swiss

Photographs by Christian Nilson

Contribution by Jon Bollmann

Hardback, 96 pages

68 color illustrations

19 × 26 cm (7.5 × 10.5 in)


English / German

Price: sFr. 49.00 | € 48.00

£ 35.00 | $ 50.00

OCTOBER 2016 (Europe)


Christian Nilson graduated from

the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne in

2001. He lives and works as a freelance

photographer near Zürich.

His photographs have been published

in German newspapers and

magazines Der Spiegel, Die Zeit,

and Geo, among other publications.

Jon Bollmann graduated in law

and communications management

and is the publisher of Swiss travel

culture magazine Transhelvetica.


Architectural absurdities, surprises, accidents

and crimes.

For two decades, Swiss photographer Serge Fruehauf has documented fascinating

architectural details cast in concrete. Yet his focus lies not only in the beauty of the

built environment but also in the surprising and sometimes absurd puzzles created

by later interventions—stairways that lead to dead ends, disfigured garden walls that

have long outlived their purpose. Serge Fruehauf—Extra Normal brings together the

best and most interesting of the more than one thousand images in the artist’s most

recent series.

Taken in Paris, Geneva, Grenoble, and Lyon, Fruehauf’s photographs constitute a

critical reflection on architectural modernity mitigated by the photographer’s love of

the spaces he has photographed and his deep sympathy for the architects and planners

that have been drawn to concrete as a useful, multifaceted building material in the

latter part of the twentieth century. Despite their promising qualities, the buildings or

clusters of buildings that are product of modern construction methods with concrete

appear today as bland monstrosities or grotesque hybrids of traditional and modern

architecture. Fruehauf’s photographs are joined by a preface by curator and scholar

Martino Stierli, who offers an insightful discussion of how Fruehauf’s work highlights

these structures as allegories of today’s cultural situation.

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First publication of Serge Fruehauf’s

architectural documentary

A selection of Fruehauf’s images

was featured at the 2016 Les

Rencontres d’Arles photography


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and architectural photography;

academic libraries

Serge Fruehauf – Extra Normal

Edited by Joerg Bader

Preface by Martino Stierli

Hardback, 208 pages

177 color illustrations

23 × 20 cm (9 × 8 in)


English / French / German

Price: sFr. 49.00 | € 48.00

£ 35.00 | $ 50.00

OCTOBER 2016 (Europe)


Serge Fruehauf has done his education

in photography at École d’arts

appliqués de Vevey in Switzerland.

He lives and works as a freelance

photgraphic artist in Geneva.

Joerg Bader is director of the Centre

de la Photographie in Geneva.

He is an artist, critic, curator, and

the author or editor of several

books on photography and contemporary


Martino Stierli is the MoMA’s Philip

Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture

and Design and an SNF

Professor for the History of Architecture

and Art at University of



02.09.15 | Paris | Room 591

01.10.15 | Panama City | Room 1704

32 cities, five continents, one

class of hotel room: Standard.

14.10.15 | Shanghai | Room 1814

21.10.15 | Bangkok | Room 1608

In thirty-two cities across five continents, Swiss photographer Roger Eberhard booked

a standard double room at the local Hilton and took two photographs: one of the

room’s interior—always from the same perspective—and one of the view from the

hotel room’s window. The result of this project is Roger Eberhard—Standard, an

unusual urban panorama of sixty-four photographs, reproduced large enough to

make it easy to see the diversity within the uniformity of one of the world’s largest

international hotel chains.

In this era of increasing globalization and commercialization Roger Eberhard—Standard

shows that international hotel chains, restaurants, and similar establishments

maintain a remarkably uniform design—a true “standard”—that has made many

places and cities feel almost interchangeable. At the same time, they retain some of

their unique characteristics, and Eberhard’s photographs reveal the subtle, yet important,

influence of local taste. The book also contains an essay by German novelist

Benedict Wells on the monotony he feels while staying in a succession of hotel rooms

on book tours, as well as essays by art historian Franziska Solte and curator Nadine


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Features for the first time Roger

Eberhard’s latest photographic


Offers a conceptual, artistic view

at the diversity in uniformity of

international hotel chains

Roger Eberhard ranks among the

most recognized contemporary

Swiss photographers

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Roger Eberhard – Standard

Essays by Franziska Solte,

Benedict Wells, and

Nadine Wietlisbach

Hardback, 104 pages

64 color illustrations

32.5 × 28 cm (13 × 11 in)


English / German

Price: sFr. 59.00 | € 58.00

£ 40.00 | $ 60.00

OCTOBER 2016 (Europe)


Roger Eberhard graduated from

Brooks Institute of Photography In

Santa Barbara, CA, and from Zurich

University of the Arts ZHdK.

He lives and works in Zurich and

Berlin and runs his own publishing

company b.frank books.

Franziska Solte is a scholar of art

history and works as a research

assistant at Humboldt-Universität

zu Berlin.

Benedict Wells lives and works as

a writer in Berlin. He is the author

of widely acclaimed novels including

Becks letzter Sommer, Spinner,

and Vom Ende der Einsamkeit.

Nadine Wietlisbach is a curator

and publicist and has been appointed

as Director of PhotoforumPasquArt

in Biel / Bienne,

Switzerland, in 2015.


The Swiss National Museum features a permanent collection of some 850,000 objects

that tell the story of Switzerland’s history from prehistoric times to the present. This

book selects twenty-six items from the collection, one from each of Switzerland’s

cantons that together offer a mosaic of Swiss history. The items include a gold Celtic

bowl made more than three thousand years ago, a miniature of the electric motor that

helped propel NASA’s Spirit rover on Mars, a medieval Madonna sculpture, a clock

that once belonged to Napoleon, the first Swiss snow gun, and many more. Beautifully

designed and richly illustrated, this book is a wonderful, compact companion to the

appreciation of Switzerland’s long history.

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An attractive, pocket-size panorama

of Switzerland’s cantons,

their history and manifold culture

26 cantons, 26 things, 26 times Swiss history.

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history, and culture

26 Things

Edited by Swiss National Museum

Paperback, 112 pages

72 color and 1 b/w illustrations

15 × 20 cm (6 × 8 in)

978-3-85881-780-8 English

978-3-85881-781-5 French

978-3-85881-782-2 Italian

Price: sFr. 19.00 | € 19.00

£ 14.99 | $ 19.95

Swiss National Museum unites

the National Museum Zurich, the

Château de Prangins and the

Forum of Swiss History in Schwyz,

as well as the collections centre in

Affoltern a.A. The museums’

permanent exhibitions present

Swiss history from its beginnings

to the present.




The new campus of Zurich University of the Arts was, until recently, a dairy factory,

known for its signature yogurt—packed in instantly recognizable small, brown, glass

jars. After production was relocated to elsewhere in Switzerland in 2000, the enormous

plant, located in a fast-changing former industrial neighborhood, was home to

clubs and restaurants, as well as artists, who found the plant’s vast spaces perfect for


In 2006, Zurich University of the Arts began working with architects EM2N to transform

the building into the university’s new home, which opened in 2014, as well as into

a public space. This richly illustrated book documents that process, as well as the renovated

building—which fills the original structure with a state-of-the-art educational

infrastructure offering studios, offices, lecture and concert halls, a movie theater, galleries,

a museum, restaurants, a music venue, and even one-hundred apartments.

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The conversion of a dairy factory

into Zurich’s new university of

the arts has gained international


EM2N are one Switzerland’s internationally

most-renowned architectural

firms with offices in

Zurich and Berlin

A dairy factory converted into a university of the

arts: Zurich’s spectacular new Toni Campus.

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Zurich University of the Arts—Toni Campus

Edited by Janine Schiller and

Katharina Nill for Zurich University

of the Arts ZHdK

Paperback, 288 pages

422 color and 69 b/w illustrations

17 × 23.5 cm (7 × 9.5 in)

978-3-85881-766-2 English

Price: sFr. 39.00 | € 38.00

£ 30.00 | $ 45.00

Janine Schiller is an architectural

historian, cultural scientist, and a

lecturer in cultural journalism at

Zurich University of the Arts.

Katharina Nill is a publicist, editor,

and a research assistant at Zurich

University of the Arts.




Peter Hächler (1922–99) was one of the most formally radical sculptors in contemporary

Swiss art. His work was characterized by a geometric rigor leavened by an intuitive

playfulness, even as he took to working with industrial materials like concrete, plastic,

cast iron, and stainless steel. Many of his sculptures are truly monumental, vast works

designed for display in public spaces and serving as art-in-architecture.

This book takes a close look back at Hächler’s art from a contemporary perspective.

It features nearly forty of his sculptures, newly photographed for the book, alongside

a thoughtful essay by art historian Martino Stierli setting his art in its postwar Swiss

context and a piece by curator Sabine Schaschl created in conjunction with his widow

and daughter and exploring his life and inspirations.

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First monograph on Swiss sculptor

Peter Hächler in English

One of Switzerland’s most radical contemporary


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art; academic libraries

Peter Hächler

Edited by Gabrielle Hächler and

Sabine Schaschl

In cooperation with Museum

Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich

Hardback, 96 pages

52 color and 35 b/w illustrations

20 × 30 cm (8 × 12 in)


English / German

Price: sFr. 49.00 | € 48.00

£ 38.00 | $ 55.00

Gabrielle Hächler studied art history

at University of Zürich and

graduated in architecture from

ETH Zurich. She is a founding

partner with Fuhrimann Hächler

Architects in Zürich.

Sabine Schaschl is a scholar of art

history and Director of Museum

Haus Konstruktiv in Zürich since

2013. She has been director of

Kunsthaus Baselland 2001–13.



Built in 1913 for a local politician and beautifully situated on the shore of Lake Zurich,

the Jacobs House is today home to the Jacobs Foundation and the Johann Jacobs

Museum. Inspired by the Jacobs family’s past in the coffee trade, both institutions

maintain an extensive educational program on the history and present state of global

trade routes.

This book tells the story of the house, from its planning and building to the Jacobs

family’s purchase of it in the 1980s and on through a detailed examination of the extensive

reconstruction undertaken by Basel-based architects Miller & Maranta. Richly

illustrated with photographs and sketches, The Jacobs House celebrates a beautiful

building and introduces the reader to the concept of the Johan Jacobs Museum.

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Tells the story of an exceptional

lakeside house in Zurich

Offers an introduction to the

concept and program of Zurich’s

Johann Jacobs Museum

The richly illustrated history of the home and the

program of Zurich’s Johann Jacobs Museum.

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Anyone interested in architecture

and in cultural history

The Jacobs House

Contributions by Roger M. Buergel,

Zeuler R. Lima, Kathrin Meier-Rust,

Sophia Prinz, Martin Tschanz, Felix

Vogel, and Andreas Zangger.

Preface by Johann Christian and

Lavinia Jacobs.

In cooperation with Johann Jacobs

Museum, Zurich

Paperback, 188 pages

38 color and 71 b/w

illustrations and drawings

25 × 31 cm (10 × 12.5 in)


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Cover image:

Alberto Giacometti drawing at his Paris studio.

Photograph by Ernst Scheidegger, 1950s ©

Foundation Ernst Scheidegger Archive, Zürich.

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