The fantastic four – Zurich concrete

26 August to 23 October 2011

The museum Haus Konstruktiv was founded by dedicated individuals from the milieu of the internationally renowned Zurich movement of constructivist and concrete art.

On the occasion of our 25th anniversary, we are paying homage to the core group of "Zurich Concretists": Verena Loewensberg, Max Bill, Camille Graeser and Richard Paul Lohse. We are exhibiting representative works from these four pioneering artists, such as an unrealized percent-for-art project by Camille Graeser, for example.

The works of the Zurich Concretists – Verena Loewensberg (1912–1986), Max Bill (1908–1994), Camille Graeser (1892–1980) and Richard Paul Lohse (1902–1988) – represented an understanding of art that was, to no small extent, characterized by a deeply democratic underlying attitude, by an anti-hierarchical view of the world and by the conviction that art can offer a possible way to sharpen perception and awareness. The objective of interconnecting art and life more closely was also expressed in creative work (typography, design and architecture). In parallel to the exhibition "The fantastic four – Zurich concrete", as a project within a project, so to speak, the museum Haus Konstruktiv is also exhibiting the drawings, sketches and paintings which the artist Fritz Glarner (1899–1972), who emigrated to the USA in 1936, produced in preparation for the "Rockefeller Dining Room". Today, this dining room, designed by Glarner for Nelson A. Rockefeller and realized in 1964, is the centerpiece of the museum's collection. Over the course of two years, the artist and architect Beat Maeschi conducted intensive research and tracked down the works from the design phase. Here, a fascinating insight into the conception and the artistic process is made possible.