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Museum Rietberg

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Museum Rietberg

The Rietberg Museum is the only museum in Switzerland entirely devoted to non-European cultures. It contains internationally notable collections of Asian, African, American and Oceanic art, the basis of which is Baron Eduard Von der Heydt's generous gift of his sizable personal collection to the city. It is located in an impressive 19th-century villa, situated in one of Zurich's most beautiful parks – Rieterpark. In 2007 a new and modern addition was added to Villa Wesendonck – a glass pavilion called “The Emerald”, which harmoniously fits in with the other buildings.

From a cultural and historical perspective, the museum is interesting for yet another reason – it is one of “Wagner's places”. Built in 1857 by the Wesendonck Family in the style of neoclassicism, it soon became a popular meeting place for artists residing in the city. The composer Richard Wagner, who lived in Zurich at the time, was a frequent guest of the family. He was given the adjoining villa, Villa Schönberg, which Wagner called his “haven on the green hill”. Wagner lived there for six months, finishing work on the libretto for his opera “Tristan and Isolde”, and composing the vocal cycle “Wesendock Lieder” for his muse, Mathilde Wesendock. Eventually, the villa and its surrounding lands went to the Rieter Dynasty, until it was bought by the city in 1945.

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