kunst(zeug)haus (Art Museum)
The Kunst(Zeug)Haus in Rapperswil-Jona is a lively place for contemporary Swiss art. Its artisitc possesions are owed to Peter and Elisabeth Bosshard. In 2006 the two art enthusiasts dedicated their entire collection to the Kunst(Zeug)Haus foundation.
Apart from the generous gift Peter and Elisabeth Bosshard gave a donation of 500'000 Swiss francs to the foundation. From this starting capital and additional benefactor contributions the foundation financed the renovation of the former arsenal in a modern museum and cultural centre. In May 2008 the Kunst(Zeug)Haus was opened.
Nowadays the collection of the Kunst(Zeug)Haus includes roughly five thousand works of art. Hardly any other collection of Swiss contemporary art is so complete as the one from Peter and Elisabeth Bosshard. The couple already started collecting high-quality art from Swiss artists in 1970.
During more than 40 years they tracked down newcomers of the Swiss art scene and continually followed the work of well-established artists. For their merits they received the gold medal of honour of the canton of Zurich in 1999.
The Robinson library is a small treasury. The library on the east side of the wing houses around 4000 robinsonades; books in all variations, drawings, films and portfolios. Peter Bosshard's collection is proof of the fascination of the adventure novels from the 18th century. Combined in a single room the books and pictures re-tell Robinson Crusoe's story in new ways.