Sigurd Leeder – Traces of Dance

Although a fleeting form of art, dance often leaves behind its traces of experience that continue to exert an effect. The international dancer, teacher, and choreographer Sigurd Leeder (1902–1981) left a variety of such traces. He belonged to the reform movement of expressive dance; self-taught, through his own efforts he acquired his knowledge of movements that focus on expressiveness. Leeder regularly communicated and exchanged ideas with Rudolf von Laban, and together with Kurt Jooss devised a teaching method with unique dance études. The exhibition for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Sigurd Leeder School of Dance, based first in London, later in Herisau, uses photos, films, dance notations, and costumes to show the vibrant life in Leeder’s art and teaching. Current interpretations from several countries confirm its enduring topicality.


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Design Studio: Processes

Temporary exhibition at Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal until 14.04.2019

How is a chair, a lamp, or a typeface developed? How do designers approach the design process? What kind of cultural and social relevance does design have? The Museum für Gestaltung is launching the...

Protest! Resistance posters

Temporary exhibition at Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal until 02.09.2018

Globalization, women’s rights, Trump: the poster has established itself as an effective medium for political struggle. 50 years after 1968, the onset of a worldwide rebellion, this exhibition...

Revisiting Black Mountain

Temporary exhibition at Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal until 03.06.2018

Experimentation as experience, self-determined learning and teaching, democratic coexistence: the Black Mountain College (1933–1957) in the USA was a place of lived utopia, a vanishing point of...

PA-DONG! The furniture of Susi and Ueli Berger

Temporary exhibition at Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal from 29.06.2018

They created Swiss design icons: for over 40 years, Susi Berger-Wyss, a graphic designer and Ueli Berger, an artist, designed furniture together. In the 1960s, the couple abandoned the well-trodden...

Social Design

Temporary exhibition at Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal from 05.10.2018

A loom to start a business, a do-it-yourself house, or a solar kiosk for local power supply: social design is design for and with society — and highly topical. The consequences of the global growth...

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