The Puppets on Show

The Museum für Gestaltung  (Museum of Applied Arts) is presenting its valuable collection of puppets. As high points of the avant-garde and the period of Dada, Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s “König Hirsch” and Otto Morach’s ensemble for “La boîte à joujoux” will encounter typical puppet characters such as Punch, a robber, and a princess. The puppet theater company founded at the Kunstgewerbeschule Zürich (Zurich School of Applied Arts) in 1918 led to an experimental engagement with the genre by the various participants. In the mid-twentieth century, puppet theater reached yet another high point in the form of “Fred Schneckenburger’s Puppet Cabaret”. Along with original puppets in all sizes, including the Kasperl puppets by Antonio Vitali (1909.2008), the exhibition will also present theatrical scenery, films, and soundtracks as well as insights through drawings and documentary photographs.