Rietberg Museum Introduction
The Rietberg Museum is a famous museum located in the city of Zurich in the country of Switzerland, and it has Oceanic, Africa, and Asian art. It is the sole art museum in Switzerland that has artwork from non-European countries. It is the 3rd-biggest museum in Zurich, and it is the biggest to be run by Zurich itself. It had more than 150,000 visitors in 2007.
Buildings and Location
The museum is located in Reiterpark in the central part of Zurich, and it is comprised of many historic buildings: The Rieter Park-Villa, the Remise, the Schonberg Villa, and the Wesendonck Villa. There was a new building opened in 2007. This new building, mostly underground, added a lot of exhibition space to the museum.
The Rieterpark is situated near Zuirch Enge railway station, and it can be reached by either bus line #33 or tram line #7.
In the 1940s, Zurich bought the Rieterpark, along the villa of Wesendonck. The Wesendonck Villa was chosen, by popular referendum, in 2914, to be redeveloped into a museum for an art collection that was donated to the city in 1945. The Rietberg Museum was officially opened in 1952.
Zurich purchased the Schonberg Villa in 1976, and it had been threatened with destruction. They opened it in 1978 as a museum extension. Right now, the Villa is also the site of a big library that the museum is in charge of administering.
Funding and Organization
The museum is maintained and operated by the city of Zurich, and specifically the presidential department. It employs over 100 people, and almost 50% of the funding comes from Zurich itself, while the other half comes through sponsoring, revenue, and charity. New additions to the collection are mostly from donations.
The museum set up an in-house press right after its establishment in the early 1950s. At first, it published catalogs of the African and Asian artworks from the museum, as well as little monographs too. The publishing activity of the museum has increased a lot since 1985, in conjunction with the big special exhibitions that it has put on since that time, and it currently publishes between four and six new titles each year.
Even though the museum has only been open for 50 years, it is a major museum in the city of Zurich, and in the country of Switzerland as a whole.
Museum Rietberg Photo Gallery
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