When you consider the breadth and depth of design available in Switzerland, whether graphic, architectural, industrial or simply artistic, it comes as a huge disappointment to visit this place, which basically has one large hall dedicated to whatever temporary exhibition is in place at the moment (I was at the one called "Endstation Meer", about plastic garbage in the world's oceans - more about this later), and then you have a small hall upstairs with a few posters of vintage products (most of them very boring - I've seen poster shops with better displays). And that's it. I forgot how much the entrance fee is supposed to be (we went on a free day), but anything more than CHF 5 is a rip-off.
Anyway, the exhibition concerning plastics in the oceans was relatively educational, but the presentation was just strange. There was a massive pile of garbage in the middle of the room, which was the focal point of the whole exhibition. OK, we get it: but without a sense of scale (where is this stuff from? what area of the ocean? how deep? how long did it take to collect it? what % of a total area does this cover? etc...), shown in a clear, striking way (superposing a photograph for example, or displaying large infographics), it remains just a pile of garbage, and generates mostly indifference.
The other objects were interesting but the thematic layout was not obvious, and the explanations were somewhat uninspiring (a milk carton's description: "this milk carton is made of recycled materials. Recycled materials are good". OK, it was supposed to be kid-friendly, but where's the educational value?
Anyway, this is definitely not a museum to recommend on the circuit: must-sees in Zürich are the National Museum, the Kunsthaus, and the Rietberg. If you want modern Swiss design go to the Tinguely museum or Beyeler Foundation in Basel. Not here: there's nothing to see.
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