Johannes Gachnang – New Historical Architectures

Please join us for the opening in our new location:
Johannes Gachnang – New Historical Architectures

Johannes Gachnang - Good Morning Mr. Lichtenstein!, épreuve d'artiste, 1970

March 21 – April 27, 2024
Opening: Thursday March 21, 6-9pm

Haus Max Ernst Haefeli
Goldbacherstrasse 72, 8700 Küsnacht

The drawings and etchings by Johannes Gachnang (1939-2005) depict fantastic architectures. Gachnang, who was best known as a publisher and the former director of Kunsthalle Bern, produced them in the late 1960s and early 1970s without the knowledge of the larger public.

For this in-situ exhibition, Gachnang's spatial imaginings are set in relation to the historic building of’ new location nestled on Küsnacht’s hillside, a modernist villa designed by Max Ernst Haefeli in the 1930s.

In collaboration with ETH Zurich's Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), a special display of historical plans and drawings will accompany the exhibition. A simultaneous presentation will take place at the Periscope gta Archive on the Hönggerberg campus of ETH Zurich. The archive materials in the exhibition come from the estates of the architectural firm Haefeli Moser Steiger and the architect Manuel Pauli at the gta Archive of ETH Zurich.

With special thanks to: Enrica Groeller-Caratti, hotz stöckli Architekten, Gabriel Müller, Fredi Fischli & Niels Olsen

Max Ernst Haefeli, Haus Küsnacht Goldbach, 1934, Photo: gta Archives, ETH Zurich

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