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Kunsthaus Zurich gets a facelift.

The Zurich art gallery has undergone a four-year renovation that included its historic Moser Buildings and exhibition wings. Further extension of the Heimplatz, to make space for growing collections, should be complete by 2010.

It's "like the museum just woke up from a long beauty sleep," said director Christoph Becker, who added that the electorate had approved a SFr 28.5 million loan for Kunsthaus renovations in a citywide vote five years ago. The most exciting part of the new-and-improved gallery, is how it shows off the ever-growing collection, he added.

Kunsthaus Zurich is now featuring, for the first time in more than 30 years, works of 'The Wild Swiss,' Johann Heinrich Fuseli.

Born Johann Fussli, the artist changed his name after painting The Nightmare, a work so shocking that he was forced to leave his native Zurich and live in London. The exhibit runs through January 8.
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