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by Krys T
Somerset, United Kingdom
March 21, 2007
From journal Zurich - Are the Gnomes on to a Good Thing?
July 5, 2002
From journal Amazing Zürich
February 8, 2002
The building itself was originally built in 1910 but has undergone extensive renovations since then and is again in the process of major work. There was scaffolding all over outside. Luckily it didn't obscure the fine Rodin sculpture that adorns the exterior.
This is a confusing museum and the setup makes no sense at all. There are multi levels that don't connect and you have to constantly backtrack. They also have annoying staff that follow you around like you are going to lift one of their paintings. It really got on my nerves after awhile. This one female guard made me take my purse off my shoulder and carry it in my hand. It was weird but the art was worth the aggravation even without the Rembrandt.
They had some nice Dutch and Flemish paintings, Van Dyke, Franz Hals, Jan Steen, Reubens, and 5 beautiful small Jan Brueghel landscapes in a glass case.
There were plenty of Italian paintings as well Tiepolo, Canaletto, Veronese, Reni and a very , very nice Fra Angelico.
But the truly amazing part was the impressionist and post impressionist. There are 4 Van Goghs (none of which belongs to the museum, all on loan) a Monumental size Water lilies by Monet, Cezanne, Matisse, Rodin and Picasso. Really fabulous. You just have to take a seat and gawk.
They have a cafe and a rather good size shop. There was not a good museum guide in English, though and very few post cards from the collection. None at all of the Van Goghs.
The museum is open every day but Monday.
From journal Visiting Switzerland