Our jewel, the collection

The Museum Rietberg Zurich is the only art museum for non-European cultures in Switzerland exhibiting an internationally renowned collection of art from Asia, Africa and Ancient America. It intends not only to focus on the fascinating variety of artistic expression, but also to raise interest and understanding of foreign cultures, views and religions.

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The core of the Museum's collection dates back to a generous donation of Baron Eduard von der Heydt. Through the long standing contact with patrons, collectors as well as foundations and corporate sponsors, the Museum Rietberg has been able to grow continuously.

With the extension which opened in February 2007, the new Museum Rietberg has more than doubled its exhibition space. Works of art from Asia, Africa, America and Oceania which have not yet been shown are now made publicly accessible for the first time. Vitrines, wall colours and lighting are coordinated so as to accentuate the distinguishing characteristics of each of the single works of art. The use of wall texts, lengthy labels, cards and flickering monitors has been purposely avoided since the unique, undiminished splendour of the respective works of art should fully come into their own. Information on the respective cultural backgrounds is provided by the multi-lingual audio guide and a short introductory brochure.