Museum Haus Konstruktiv is supported by the Foundation for Constructivist, Concrete and Conceptual Art (Stiftung für konstruktive, konkrete Kunst und konzeptuelle Kunst), founded in 1986 by a dedicated group of individuals associated with the internationally important Zurich movements in Constructivist and Concrete art. The major protagonists included the artists Max Bill, Camille Graeser, Verena Loewensberg, and Richard Paul Lohse.
The foundation is financially supported by the city and the canton of Zurich, as well as by many private individuals, and aims to enthusiastically promote and support Concrete, Constructivist, and Conceptual art in the public realm. The idea is to familiarize the broader public, both domestically and internationally, with the different aspects, forms, and themes of these movements and to suggest ways in which they can stimulate contemporary art. In this respect the foundation is able to rely on an impressive array of writings by artists, as many of the most renowned Concrete artists also provided a theoretical framework for their art.
These key sources form the basis for a continuing and vibrant discussion of the art and a scholarly inquiry into its themes. At the same time, one of the foundation’s key tasks is to convey the incredible sensory impact of these works to a wider public and to people of all ages. The fundamental joy in the view- ing of art that allows new perspectives on our own time is thus a central element of the foundation’s work.
Between 1987 and 2001, the then “haus für konstruktive und konkrete kunst” was located in Zurich’s Seefeld section. In spring 2001 it was renamed the Haus Konstruktiv and relocated to the historically unique building of the former ewz-Unterwerk Selnau. Until it was closed in 1998, this plant had functioned for almost a century as a key transformer station. Between 1929 and 1932, the building was unified to form a single structure in the “Neues Bauen” (New Building) style by Hermann Herter, the municipal architect, and is now a listed monument.
Members of the first Foundation 1986 were:
Hans Hüssy, President
Sybil Albers, Rodolphe Deville, Gottfried Honegger, Willy Rotzler,
Gianni Rusca, Jack Waser, Margit Weinberg Staber
Sabine Schaschl, from May 2013
Dorothea Strauss, 2005–2013
Elisabeth Grossmann, 1994–2004
Margit Weinberg Staber, 1987–1993
Andreas Durisch (President)
Andreas Ritter (Vice President)
Hans Ulrich Schweizer
Margit Weinberg Staber
Hans Ulrich Schweizer, 2004–2012
Ellen Ringier, 1990–2003
Gianni Rusca, 1988–1989
Hans Hüssy, 1986–1987