The space-filling work comprising a total of 2,000 plaster rods is being shown again at the Kunsthaus Zürich for the first time in 20 years.

Dynamism and tension


CHF 23.–/18.– (concessions and groups)
Free admission for members and children and young people under the age of 17. Tip : Senior (AHV) discounts every Wednesday


Note for groups

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‘The 2000 Sculpture’ by Walter De Maria (1935–2013) is one of the largest horizontal sculptures designed to be shown indoors anywhere in the world. It comprises a total of 2,000 white plaster rods each 50 cm long and 11.8 to 12 cm high. The individual elements have five, seven or nine sides. They are laid out on a surface covering 500 square metres, in a total of 20 rows each with 100 rods. Their arrangement follows a specific rhythm: 5–7–9–7–5–5–7–9–7–5. The result is a kind of herringbone pattern, with the rods seeming to move towards or away from the viewer, depending on where they are standing. This creates a tension between predictable regularity and individual perception that is underscored by the light and space surrounding the arrangement.

Public guided tour

October every Friday, at 3 p.m.
November to February, every Sunday at 11 a.m.

Private guided tour

Group size: max. 20
Languages: German, English, French, Italian,
Cost: admission to the exhibition (group rate) + CHF 190.– (German) / CHF 220.– (other languages), duration: 1 hour

‘The 2000 Sculpture’ was last shown at the Kunsthaus Zürich in the year 2000. We are therefore delighted to be able to present this wonderful work again at last, thanks to a generous loan from the Walter A. Bechtler Foundation.
Curated by Mirjam Varadinis

Supported by Albers & Co AG and Boston Consulting Group.

Image: Walter De Maria, The 2000 Sculpture, 1992, Walter A. Bechtler Stiftung, Installation view Kunsthaus Zürich 2021, Photo: Franca Candrian, Kunsthaus Zürich, © Estate of Walter De Maria

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