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As in the crown hall of art is staged

What is the crown hall? A well-known Restaurant in Zurich, you can claim, where the quality of the offered food verhebet, but the food is rarely so fantastic, that alone would stop it. A stage is the restaurant at the Rämistrasse, where the fine Zurich society (and who is doing it else), the doorknob in Hand, and see if the Lord Meier is a bit aged, since his wife left him. And, if it is there, actually, Mrs Müller is still every Sunday with her four sons?

The crown hall is a collection of art, built in the years after the First world war by Mr. and Mrs. Hulda and Gottlieb Zumsteg: "it was a time, as in Zurich, the money earned easily and just as easily re-issued", has reminded the hostess later. Where else can you enjoy real pictures of Joan Miró and Paul Klee calf leberli with Rösti? Or how about instead, with a herb omelette with a view to a real sketch of Joseph Beuys? Would Henri Matisse, perhaps the Chateaubriand with béarnaise Sauce still fit well, the you can order, contrary to the spirit of the times.

What this period has missed the exhibition so far is a catalog. The book designer Sibylle Ryser and the art historian Isabel to deliver now in Zurich. And so, as well as the crown hall may not be just a dining venue, is this book simply a list of images. Between the covers of this book, more is hidden: Four contemporary authors have contributed trenchant short texts, including a scenic theater design by Renata Burckhardt, the mood among a handful of (fictional?) Regulars captures pretty well.


photographed are found in the image band, but also unconventional photos of the oil paintings in the middle of the night in a circle round the cone of light of a headlamp. On the day of those recordings where you can watch the staff set the table – to determine that this workforce blouses with white shirts is an important part of a unique staging.

A production mind you, after the death of the former hostess Hulda Zumsteg (1984), and their son Gustav Zumsteg (2005). Last will and Testament of this set, namely, that the pictures – as long as the crown hall as a Restaurant and Bar exists – must not be removed from the walls. What is the crown hall? Not least of all, a piece of living history.

Sibylle Ryser and Isabel Zürcher (EDS.): Pays de rêve – The art is the Kronenhalle in Zurich, Prestel-Verlag, Munich, 2019. 132 p. 52 Fr.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 15.04.2019, 18:46 PM

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