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New Rietberg Museum opens

new rietberg museumby David Norden, 26 february 2007
Glass pavilion: Entrance of the new Rietberg museum

Museum Rietberg Zürich
Gablerstrasse 15
8002 Zurich

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verite tschokweThe new Emerald Rietberg Museum extension who opened in february 2007 is splendid. With its high ceilings and three levels down it give a daylight feeling. The use of glass, wood, and precious stones is incredible. One level for the African Art, and two others for Asian, and Oceanic.

You will be able to see the Tschokwe they bought at he Vérite auction in Paris.

Also the fact that you can see all pieces and turn around is very pleasing.

Certainly worth the travel, director Mr Homberger and it's team did a great job

David Norden

"Canopies of Emerald"

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Thanks to great public success – 2002 and 2003 had the highest attendance figures in the museum’s 50-year history, with more than 90,000 visitors – and because of lack of exhibition space, Zurich city council decided in spring 2001 to enlarge the museum. In April 2002, the public works department of the city council invited tenders for the project.

The winner was the joint proposal “Canopies of Emerald” from the architects Alfred Grazioli (Berlin) and Adolf Krischanitz (Vienna and Berlin). The title of the proposal is a reference to the poem “In the Hothouse” written by Mathilde Wesendonck, the first occupant of the Villa Wesendonck, which was set to music by Richard Wagner.

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