Manuel Saitzew – an economist in Zurich

From July 2020. From the mid-19th century onwards , the University of Zurich becomes a well-known haunt of economists. Many of them pass through on their travels, but one who stays is Manuel Saitzew (1885–1951), the son of a Ukrainian industrialist.

He is the subject of our current ZürichFenster, which sheds light on his life, the collection he left to the ZB, and his work as a university lecturer.

More literature on Zurich’s economy at the ZB can be found in the Rechercheportal.

Chess in Zurich

ZürichFenster, Chess players on Lindenhof in Zurich, 1988. A tradition that lives on to this day. Department of Prints and Drawings and Photo Archive: Tages-Anzeiger image archive, photograph by Reto Oeschger

October to November 2019. There is a long tradition of chess playing in Zurich. Did you know that the city is home to the world’s oldest chess club or that the ZB holds the “Helvetic Chess Library”, one of the oldest freely accessible libraries of its kind in Switzerland? And have you ever heard of a correspondence chess centre?

Until the end of November 2019 the ZürichFenster in the Turicensia Lounge presents information, books and images that offer an insight into the fascinating world of chess. Come and “check” it out!

If you are interested in learning more, you will find plenty of literature on the Zurich chess scene at the Zentralbibliothek.

Views of Zurich

Left: Greetings from the Bachtel. Picture postcard, around 1902. G. Graf publishers. Department of Prints and Drawings and Photo Archive, call number: Ansichtskarten, ZH, Bachtel, 1 - Right: infographic by Joana Kelén from: Zürich – das Land der Aussichtstürme, NZZ, 20.10.2017

April to June 2019. The canton of Zurich has more viewing towers than any other canton in Switzerland. They are a popular destination for excursions in spring. In addition to facts and stories about the spectacular towers on the touchscreen, our Turicensia Lounge contains a small selection of walking guides to the Zurich region. We hope you enjoy our wonderful panoramas of Zurich. For more on this topic see the Zurich Bibliography.

Cultural life in Zurich in 1918

ZürichFenster, Cultural life in Zurich in 1918, photochrom print with view from the Quaibrücke to Zurich’s Stadttheater and Utoquai between 1891 and 1914, with a steamboat and rowing boat in the foreground

December 2018 to April 2019. Zurich’s city theatre, known since 1964 as the opera house, is also affected by events at the end of the First World War. To find out what happened, see our latest ZürichFenster in the Turicensia Lounge accompanying the exhibition “Strike, flu, Dada – Zurich in 1918”.

Crime in Zurich

ZürichFenster, Crime in Zurich, newspaper announcement of the commencement of proceedings against Gertrud Graber, accused of poisoning her newly born daughter

October to November 2018. Interested in this Zurich murder case from 1920? Want to learn more about an art theft, a duo of gangsters, a bank robbery or a female confidence trickster? Until the end of November, our ZürichFenster in the Turicensia Lounge presents real and fictional crimes and their perpetrators. For more crime stories and reports of crimes in Zurich see the Zurich Bibliography.

Zurich cartoons

ZürichFenster, cartoon on climate change in Zurich by local illustrator Katharina Keller

June to September 2018. Come rain, come shine: for this ZürichFenster accompanying the exhibition “Comical Zurich” we have gathered together a large number of cartoons from our collection. If you are looking for literature on the city and canton, you will find the best of Zurich in the Zurich Bibliography.

1968 in Zurich

ZürichFenster, picture with the slogan “Action for Satisfaction” on the youth unrest of summer 1968 in Zurich

April to June 2018. Zurich 50 years ago: this ZürichFenster takes you back to 1968, as young people rebel against rigid authorities, institutions and outdated values. At the end of June, Zurich sees the “Globus riot”. Drop by and learn more: until the end of May you can browse through books, view images and reports from the press at the time, and watch a film shot in the midst of the street battles. For more on this topic see the Zurich Bibliography.

Hanny Fries – a Zurich painter

ZürichFenster, Hanny Fries, section of a drawing by Hanny Fries for the title page of issue 713 of the periodical Schweizerisches Jugendschriftenwerk (SJW), Zurich 1960

January to April 2018. ZürichFenster marking the 100th birthday of Hanny Fries (1918–2009): Born into a family of artists, Hanny Fries grew up in the Zurich district of Seefeld and studied art in Geneva. From 1954 to 1983 she produced drawings depicting activities at the Schauspielhaus Zürich. Her work offers an insight into little-known corners of the city. Until the end of March 2018 you can view books and drawings by and about Hanny Fries from the Zentralbibliothek collection in the Turicensia Lounge. Via the touchscreen you can discover information about her life and work and view a documentary by Peter Münger and Valerie Fischer. More information about the artist can be found via the Righini ǀ Fries Foundation and in the Zurich Bibliography. Pictures by Hanny Fries held by the Zentralbibliothek can be found via the Rechercheportal.

Advent calendar – Zurich day by day

ZürichFenster, Advent, homepage of the interactive Advent calendar in the Turicensia Lounge

December 2017. Discover something new about Zurich every day in the ZürichFenster Advent calendar. Each day, the interactive calendar offers up another fascinating snippet from our Special Collection, such as a 100-year-old biscuit recipe, a Christmas song or a cartoon about Santa Claus. Suitably decked out for the season, the Turicensia Lounge also offers books with Christmas and winter themes. For seasonal literature see the Zurich Bibliography.

Zurich in film

ZürichFenster, Zurich in film, the Xenix cinema shed, photograph by Oliver Lang, 2016

September to December 2017. To coincide with the Zurich Film Festival (28 September to 8 October 2017) and the International Short Film Festival in Winterthur (7 to 12 November 2017) this ZürichFenster, which runs until the end of November 2017, is devoted to “Zurich in film”. We’re presenting a selection of publications on the topic. The touchscreen offers interactive content including posters, trailers and information about Zurich film festivals. You can also browse through a virtual version of the publication by the “Swiss Committee for Cinema Reform” from the early 20th century – a real gem from our collection. This ZürichFenster is accompanied by images of Zurich cinemas by photographer Oliver Lang. And of course, for more on this topic you can also see the Zurich Bibliography.

Businesses in Zurich

ZürichFenster, Businesses in Zurich, Heinrich Schwarzenbach II with an employee and a customer in the shop on Münstergasse in around 1920, copyright The Schwarzenbach Collection

July to August 2017. The canton and city of Zurich have a long tradition as a location for numerous businesses and companies, including everything from delicatessens, shops selling colonial goods and confectioners to factories and global conglomerates. The current ZürichFenster comprises a selection from the Turicensia Special Collection including commemorative publications, portraits and other publications on traditional Zurich companies. We have also gone interactive, with videos and podcasts on the topic that you can access via the touchscreen. And you will find more literature on this topic in the Zurich Bibliography.

Zurich publishers’ book archives

ZürichFenster, Zurich publishers’ book archives, word cloud with numerous publishers’ names in colour

April to June 2017. The Zentralbibliothek Zürich maintains a publishers’ book archive for certain Zurich publishers, documenting their work and development as vehicles for culture in the city. The archive grows by around 1,200 titles a year. Publishers’ archives are also preserved in the Zentralbibliothek’s Manuscript Department, where you will find letters, manuscripts, documentation, publishers’ programmes, brochures and advertising material. From time to time, the ZürichFenster in the Turicensia Lounge presents individual publishers and their publications, which you are welcome to view and read on site. A list of Zurich publishers’ book archives can be found in the Turicensia.

Living in Zurich

ZürichFenster, Living in Zurich, view of the city of Zurich from an airship, photograph by Juliet Haller

February to March 2017. The theme of the current ZürichFenster, which runs until the end of March, is “Living in Zurich”, a presentation of books on the topic and images of the city from an airship by photographer Juliet Haller. The documentary “Zürich – Baukultur in einer weltoffenen Stadt”, produced by the City of Zurich Urban Development Department, takes you on an exciting journey through the city. Literature about living in Zurich can be found in the Zurich Bibliography.

Züri liest Züritüütsch

ZürichFenster, Züri liest Züritüütsch, view of the ZürichFenster in the Turicensia Lounge at the Zentralbibliothek Zürich

October 2016 to January 2017. Marking the opening of the Turicensia Lounge, this ZürichFenster turns the spotlight on the local dialect, with “Züri liest Züritüütsch”. A selection of publications on the subject are on show until mid-November 2016. Complementing the ZürichFenster format of temporary presentations on Zurich-related topics, the Turicensia Lounge’s reference library offers excerpts from the collection of Turicensia. These include titles about the canton and city of Zurich as well as media by authors from Zurich: fiction, non-fiction, games and much more. There are also local and regional newspapers and magazines.

Anti-art from Zurich

ZürichFenster, Anti-art from Zurich, Zurich 1916: Dadaist Hugo Ball in his Cubist cardboard costume as a magic bishop in the Café Odeon.

March to May 2016. In Zurich, a group of writers in exile set out to engage with the destructive force of the First World War. They gave birth to the Dada movement, which spread out from the city into the wider world and influences culture practitioners to this day. Literature on the topic of Dada in Zurich can be found in the Zentralbibliothek.