Artists are people; they talk. Often with each other, to exhibition curators, sometimes to critics and journalists – too rarely to the visitors of their shows. A crucial part of our theory and education programs is to foster this dialogue.

In the past with Emil KleinRamin Haerizadeh / Rokni Haerizadeh / Hesam RahmanianThomas MüllenbachJana Euler,  Slavs and TatarsHaim Steinbach

In the future with:

In Greek symposion means “to drink together”. In most of today’s symposia the drinks have evaporated. What remains is a generative togetherness that the expert discussions and academic presentations at Kunsthalle Zürich aspire.

Such as the Hannah Weiner Day with Franziska Glozer, during 30 Years of Kunsthalle Zürich,  at On Pun and Punishment with Avery Singer, and  Un-like with Ed Atkins. 

Kunsthalle Zürich often goes beyond its exhibitions, particularly by hosting different forms of performances gathered in this section of our theory and education programs: Art that takes place, that speaks, screams, sings and sighs to us.

With Book TVWertmüller-Pliakas-WittwerLa Marie-VisonBottom Feeders, Slavs and TatarsCalla Henkel / Max Pitegoff / Paolo Thorsen-NagelPeter Wächtler, Ann CottenEd Atkins.

Offering guidance is mainly misleading. Cordially inviting you to quench your thirst for knowledge, to cock your ears, to heckle, goggle, giggle and what not is what the guided tours through our exhibitions have to offer.

With Arthur Fink and Yannic Joray

A special focus of the theory and education at Kunsthalle Zürich are programs for kids, teens, families, and schools: Palpable subject matter, immediate relationships to artistic material and media, as well as a sensitivity towards diverse cultural and social backgrounds are important to us.


Workshops for School Classes

School classes and other groups are invited on a guided visit of the exhibition together and the creative exploration thereof in a hands-on workshop.

Please list 2-3 preferred dates, the name of your school, size of the class, and your mobile number



With kids, teens and families we explore the exhibition in a playfully.

We are happy to accommodate special workshop and group booking requests:

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How does an idea transform into an art object and ultimately into an exhibition? And what is the relationship of art works and exhibitions to their surrounding contemporaneity and to art history? These questions pose themselves again and again to different generations and different groups of visitors, collaborators, thinkers, and artists. By way of artist talkssymposia and workshopsperformancesguided tours, and special programs for kids and schools, our theory and education programs hope to create entryways into the works of art shown at Kunsthalle Zürich, as well as loopholes from there into broader questions of making and being made. 

What do we make of it? is the question that follows. It is the question of all programs, formats, forms. For all types of inquiry take place. They happen within a distinct framework of time and spatial arrangement: of people and objects, bodies and materials, facing someone or something, of legs traversing galleries, of legs and chairs, glasses and glances. A pro-gram after all is a proactive grammar, a contingent set of possibilities to be actualized and activated. Engaging the life of objects and subjects alike, the "Theory & Programs at Kunsthalle Zurich" aim at allowing insecurities, imperfection and intuition. As such is life: uniting (not separating) the making and understanding of art, by all kinds of people.


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