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  • International Museum Day 26.05.2024 10:00 - 17:00

  • Swiss National Holiday 01.08.2024 10:00 - 19:00

  • Long Night of the Museums 07.09.2024 10:00 - 17:00
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  • Long Night of the Museums 08.09.2024 0:00 - 2:00
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Museum, boutique and bistro

  • openinghours.days.long.tuesday Open till openinghours.days.long.wednesday openinghours.openfromto.long

  • openinghours.days.long.thursday openinghours.openfromto.long

  • openinghours.days.long.friday Open till openinghours.days.long.sunday openinghours.openfromto.long

  • openinghours.days.long.monday closed

Library

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  • openinghours.days.long.thursday openinghours.openfromto.long

  • openinghours.days.long.saturday Open till openinghours.days.long.monday closed

Special opening times

  • International Museum Day 26.05.2024 10:00 - 17:00

  • Swiss National Holiday 01.08.2024 10:00 - 19:00

  • Long Night of the Museums 07.09.2024 10:00 - 17:00
    18:00 - 23:59

  • Long Night of the Museums 08.09.2024 0:00 - 2:00
    10:00 - 17:00

  • Knabenschiessen 09.09.2024 closed

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Guided Tour

coveted. cared for. martyred.

Bodies in the Middle Ages

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A guided tour through the exhibition «coveted. cared for. martyred. Bodies in the Middle Ages».

Landesmuseum Zürich

Museumstrasse 2
8021 Zürich

English

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The exhibition

Key visual of the exhibition coveted. cared for. martyred. Bodies in the Middle Ages

Every era and society cultivates its own image of the human body. In the Middle Ages, the physical form was something of a cause célèbre. The all-powerful church considered bodily desire sinful, while worshipping the martyred bodies of Jesus and the saints. Meanwhile, in the secular world, aristocrats nurtured their appearance with cosmetic products and by doing sport – while the common people suffered from disease and demanding physical labour. Ultimately, death loomed in everyone’s future as it was omnipresent during the Middle Ages. Dead bodies were cared for and honoured in the hope of resurrection. The exhibition includes many items on loan from within and outside Switzerland and looks back on the human body in the Middle Ages from a cultural history perspective, thereby also raising some questions about how we perceive the human body today.

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