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Art world comes to Zurich

One of the halls about to be taken over by the International Fair of Contemporary Art.

(Kunst 2000 Zürich)

Zurich is adding a few finishing touches to its reputation as one of Europe's leading cities of art next week when the annual International Fair of Contemporary Art gets underway.

About 80 mostly European galleries will be showing original works for four days from November 24. Editors of original prints and limited editions and of art books will also be among the exhibitors.

The selected galleries were chosen for their high-quality collections and for their reputation as supporters of up-and-coming artists.

The fair is being held at two unadorned factory buildings within the ABB industrial premises in Zurich-Oerlikon, but many galleries across the city are joining in on the act.

They'll be keeping their doors open until 9 pm on Friday and all day on Sunday, the final day of the fair.

A day ticket costs SFr18 ($10) and a combined ticket, which grants access to fair and galleries, goes for SFr34 ($19). A shuttle bus service will take visitors to the galleries and to the International Fair of Contemporary Art.

A show of a very seasonal kind will coincide with the event. A Christmas market in Zurich's cavernous main railway station will also start on November 24 and run through until Christmas Eve.


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