Zurich

Paradeplatz 2
8001 Zurich - Switzerland
Tel: +41 (44) 2 26 70 70
Fax: +41 (44) 2 26 70 90
Hours: Mon - Fri 10:00 - 18:00;
Sat 10:00 - 16:00

St. Moritz

Via Serlas 22
7500 St. Moritz - Switzerland
Tel: +41 (81) 8 33 36 51
Fax: +41 (81) 8 33 36 58
Hours: Mon - Sun, 11:00 - 19:00
(Dec - April)
Tues - Sat, 11:00 - 19:00 (July - August)

During the month of January the gallery is closed on Monday

 

 

Zug

VORSTADT 14
6300 ZUG - SWITZERLAND
TEL: +41 (41) 710 25 02
FAX: +41 (41) 710 26 75
HOURS: TUES - FRI 10:00 - 18:00;
SAT 10:00 - 16:00

GALERIE GMURZYNSKA is an international art gallery with locations in Zurich, Zug and St. Moritz, Switzerland, that specializes in modern and contemporary art as well as Russian avant-garde.

"It was in this climate of a growing awareness of modern art and its history that Antonina Gmurzynska opened her gallery in Cologne in 1965, deciding initially to devote her at- tention to the European avant-gardes of France and Russia. She focused in particular on movements like Suprematism and Constructivism, which for decades had been excluded from the studies and analyses of art historians because of their political and ideological connotations. It was an inclination that led her from 1966 onward to promote figures like David Burliuk and, over the decades to come, making use of her direct contacts with the artists’ families, Alexander Rodchenko, Mikhail Larionov, Paul Mansouroff, Ilya Chashnik, Nikolai Suetin and Vladimir and Georgii Stenberg. She was also able to draw on her know- ledge of private and public collections in Moscow and Leningrad, where works by Kazimir Malevich, El Lissitzky and Vladimir Tatlin were to be found. A program that saw the staging of major historical exhibitions like Russian Artists of the 20th Century (1968), From Surface to Space: Russia 1916-1924 (1974), Kazimir Malevich. On the Event of His 100th Birthday (1978) and From Painting to Design: Russian Constructivist Art of the 1920s (1981). In 1971 she turned her gaze on Surrealism and later the whole gamut of the avant-gardes, with exhibitions on Kurt Schwitters (1978) and Fernand Léger (1985). With the drive and vision of Krystyna Gmurzynska supported by Mathias Rastorfer, from 1991 as director and from 1996 as partner, the gallery chose to stress feminine influences on the history of modern art, with Cherchez la Femmes (1992) and Rodchenko-Stepanova: Moscow-Paris via Cologne (1993). It went on to expand the areas of its interest to take in the tendencies of the sixties, from Yves Klein to Donald Judd, from Louise Nevelson to David Smith and from Robert Indiana to Wilfredo Lam and Tom Wesselmann, as well as to open up to the diversity of creative languages, exploring everything from photography to design and ar- chitecture, from Karl Lagerfeld to Richard Meier and Zaha Hadid. "

- Germano Celant, 2015

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The gallery was founded in 1965 in Cologne, Germany by Antonina Gmurzynska. From the beginning, the gallery was interested in organizing exhibitions that had a documentary character both through the choice of themes and through its publications. In its first year, an important exhibition of Japanese art from the 14th to the 19th century was held followed by an exhibition of French masterpieces from Pierre Bonnard up until the mid 20th century. The following year the gallery presented the work of David Burliuk - the first exhibition of Russian avant-garde.

 

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Up until 1971 the gallery’s program focused on Surrealism and international Constructivism in addition to Russian avant-garde. Subsequently, classic Modern art with a special focus on Picasso, Kurt Schwitters, Fernand Leger, Lyonel Feininger, and Robert and Sonia Delaunay were incorporated into the gallery’s program.

From 1986 Krystyna Gmurzynska continued expanding the gallery’s classic modern program and in 1991 the gallery’s new building constructed by the Swiss architect, Roger Diener, was inaugurated. In 1993 the gallery expanded to a second location to a 14th century building in the heart of Zug, Switzerland. With 160 square meters of new exhibition space, this gave the gallery the possibility of installing small and unusual exhibitions. In 1996 Mathias Rastorfer became a partner of both extensions of the gallery, having been with it since 1991 when he left his position as Associate Director at Pace Gallery in New York. Under his influence and in addition to the gallery’s traditional repertoire, the work of contemporary artists such as Donald Judd, Louise Nevelson and Yves Klein amongst others, were incorporated. Ten years later the gallery opened its third branch in St. Moritz at Via Serlas, in 2003.

Forty years after its establishment, Krystyna Gmurzynska and Mathias Rastorfer relocated the gallery from Cologne to its new flagship location in Zurich’s Paradeplatz in 2005. The building that currently houses the gallery dates back to 1857 and it is the same building in which the Dada movement was founded in 1917. The first exhibition in Zurich was a solo exhibition by Alexander Calder entitled, "The Modernist", that was thoroughly endorsed by the Calder Foundation, who described it is as, 'rare to experience a presentation of this quality outside of a museum'. As with each exhibition at the gallery the show featured a fully illustrated catalogue with important essays.

 

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Known for its museum quality and uniquely curated exhibitions, Galerie Gmurzynska has hosted over 150 shows in its various premises and published over 100 art historical catalogues and catalogue raisonné in close collaboration with experts worldwide. A few of these recent exhibitions include the 2008, "David Smith: Working Surfaces" that travelled to the Lehmbruck Museum; “Zaha Hadid and Suprematism” in 2010, and Robert Indiana “Rare Works from 1959 and Coenties Slip”. Moreover, the gallery has represented the estates of some of the world’s greatest artists such as Yves Klein, Louise Nevelson, Wifredo Lam and David Smith, in some cases for several generations. Furthermore, the gallery represents contemporary artists Robert Indiana, Fernando Botero, Scott Campbell, Jani Leinonen, and Ronnie Cutrone.

Galerie Gmurzynska continues to present unique exhibitions that are both historically well researched and scientifically documented. It also continues to work with leading art historians as well as collaborating with museums on exhibitions and for the enlargement of their permanent collections. Additionally, it currently participates in several art fairs such as Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Basel Hong Kong, Frieze Masters in London, Salon in New York and Art Basel, Switzerland. In the past it has taken part in FIAC, Abu Dhabi and PAD New York.

Both Krystyna Gmurzynska and Mathias Rastorfer were awarded the Chevalier des Art et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture. Krystyna Gmurzynska was the first foreigner to receive the merit for special achievements by Michael Shvydkoy, the Russian Minister of Culture, recognizing her “important contribution to scientific research, and for the organization of exhibitions in the field of Russian art of the 20th century.”

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JOB OPENINGS

 

12/31/2015

GALERIE GMURZYNSKA SEEKS SENIOR SALES PERSON 

Galerie Gmurzynska is currently seeking a Senior Sales Person for its three galleries in Switzerland, as well as at its participation at top international art fairs. Minimum five years experience at a top international auction house or gallery and an in-depth knowledge of 20th and 21st century art history, preferably with a degree in the history of art, is necessary. Applicants should have a pre-existing network of international clients for modern and contemporary art works of the highest caliber.

 

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

·      Proactive input related to sales offers at Galerie Gmurzynska, art fairs and external exhibitions.

·      Prepare offer letters

·      Observation of the primary and secondary markets.

·      Participation and representation of the gallery at art fairs, gallery openings and events.

·      Compile client lists for mailings and events.

·      Liaise with gallery staff regarding inventory management for viewings and sales

 

Required knowledge, skills and qualifications:

·      Proven knowledge of art history.

·      Previous relevant sales experience in top international commercial gallery or auction house.

·      Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.

 

Please submit your cover letter, CV and references by email to mitchell.anderson@gmurzynska.com

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Zurich

Paradeplatz 2
8001 Zurich - Switzerland
Tel: +41 (44) 2 26 70 70
Fax: +41 (44) 2 26 70 90
Hours: Mon - Fri 10:00 - 18:00;
Sat 10:00 - 16:00

St. Moritz

Via Serlas 22
7500 St. Moritz - Switzerland
Tel: +41 (81) 8 33 36 51
Fax: +41 (81) 8 33 36 58
Hours: Mon - Sun, 11:00 - 19:00
(Dec - April)
Tues - Sat, 11:00 - 19:00 (July - August)

During the month of January the gallery is closed on Monday

 

 

Zug

VORSTADT 14
6300 ZUG - SWITZERLAND
TEL: +41 (41) 710 25 02
FAX: +41 (41) 710 26 75
HOURS: TUES - FRI 10:00 - 18:00;
SAT 10:00 - 16:00