With hundreds of art galleries, countless museums and world-class venues, Zürich has quickly become a leading cultural center and hub for contemporary art. I was lucky enough to be in town during the Manifesta, the roving European Biennial of Contemporary art and one of Europe’s foremost art events.
Manifesta was conceived in the early 1990s as a response to the new social, cultural and political realities that were emerging. It takes place every two years in a different European city. In 2016, Zürich was selected as the host city of the 11th edition.
The center-piece for Manifesta 11 is a floating structure in Lake Zurich, known as the Pavilion of Reflections. The structure pays homage to Zürich’s iconic badis--public swimming areas--and features a swimming pool, bar, and film screenings at night. Although I didn’t have time to see all the exhibits, this one definitely stood out.
The festival runs through September 18th, 2016. If you’re in the area, I'd definitely recommend it!
Here are a few other museums and contemporary art galleries you can check out too: