Famous for its luxury sky destinations, watch industry, and mountain landscapes, Switzerland is also full of hidden art and design treasures, and visiting its German cantons is a perfect travel idea for everyone who is in love with geometric shapes and contemporary culture.

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Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich

BASEL

Located on the borders between Germany and France, the city of Basel can be considered the Swiss capital of contemporary arts, thanks to the works made in the last years by seven famous architects awarded with the Pritzker Prize. Even though the Vitra Design Museum – with works made by Frank Gehry, Alvaro Siza, Tadao Ando and Zaha Hadid – is located beyond the German border, Basel is the perfect solution to visit this prestigious cultural center since it is well connected with the city center. Until February 25th 2018, Vitra hosts a tribute exhibition dedicated to the masters of design Charles & Ray Eames. And to complete the architectual tour of Basel there are two must see spots: The Jean Tinguely Museum made by the Swiss architect Mario Botta, and The Beyeler Foudation which is a project by Renzo Piano.

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Charles and Ray Eames © Eames Office LLC, Photomontage: Boros, Berlin

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Vitra Campus

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Vitra Campus

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The Foundation Beyeler, designed by Renzo Piano. Photo: Mark Niedermann

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Claude Monet, Le bassin aux nymphéas, around 1917–1920 and La cathédrale de Rouen: Le portail (Effet du matin), 1894. Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Beyeler Collection. Ellsworth Kelly, White Ring, 1963, private collection, © 2013, Ellsworth Kelly. Photo: Serge Hasenböhler

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Installation view exhibition “Wolfgang Tillmans” Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, 2017; photo: Mark Niedermann

ZURICH

Zurich, Switzerland’s financial capital, hosts not only the headquarters of all the most important international banks, but it is also the place where you can visit some interesting art locations. For the design lovers the Museum für Gestaltung is an international collection of posters, graphic design and objects artistically interesting for the design culture. The Kunsthaus exhibits artworks and sculptures, made by the swiss artist Alberto Giacometti, and the Migros Museum is a contemporary museum created inside the old bewery Löwenbräu.

In Zurich there is also the beautiful Heidi Weber Foundation – Centre Le Corbusier, the last building designed by the Swiss-French artist Le Corbusier, which hosts drawings and projects realized by this artist as well as paintings, furnishings, and books collected by Le Corbusier’s friend, Heidi Weber.

 

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Museum für Gestaltung, Toni-Areal, Schaudepot: high-bay storage facility. Photo © Christine Benz Photographie

Actually Doing the Things I Set Out to Do Increases My Overall Level of Satisfaction, instal- lation, 2012, © Stefan Sagmeister, Kevin O’Callaghan

Happiness Infographics Wall, 2012, © Stefan Sagmeister

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© Heidi Weber Foundation – Centre Le Corbusier

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© Heidi Weber Foundation – Centre Le Corbusier

BERN

The tiny hidden capital of Swiss Confederation, Bern, is a little treasure surrended by Swiss Alps. Its old town is the only one in Switzerland protected by UNESCO as a World heritage site and it is a place that hosts one of the most original and interesting project made by the archistar Renzo Piano, the Zentrum Paul Klee. This museum, located in the suburb area, is dedicated to the Swiss painter Paul Klee and is full of contemporary artworks created by the Swiss artist. The bulding represents an attraction for all design architecture lovers with its structure projected by Renzo Piano, that seems growing up from the earth as waves and is harmoniously inserted in the surrounding landscape.

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