In 1996 the Löwenbräu industrial complex, a place marked by tradition and history, was taken over by both the Kunsthalle Zurich and the Migros Museum for contemporary art with a number of private art galleries following suit.
The Löwenbräu site is set in Zurich’s district 5, a traditional working class neighbourhood far away from the picturesque lake and woods near the former factory sites. The economic crisis of the ‘80s, concerning the heavy manufacturing industry, left this part of town in a desolate state that only slowly started to recover during the ‘90s.