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Naegeli's Dance of Death sprayings

In 2018/2019, the 80 years old street art pioneer Harald Naegeli (*1939) sprayed his last public artwork, the ‘Totentanz Cycle’ (Dance of Death), inside the Grossmünster. While he already had the idea 10 years earlier, he has only recently received the green light by the authorities.


Harald Naegeli started work on the Dance of Death end of November 2018 – free of charge. Soon the work came to a halt – Naegeli had sprayed slightly beyond the contractually agreed scope, which was enforced to the disappointment of the artist.

Harald Naegeli – a street art pioneer

Naegeli called the artwork a gift to his hometown, from which the later celebrated artist once fled to Germany. About 40 years ago, he was arrested in Zürich and sentenced. For years, the street art pioneer had spent nights incognito spraying mythical creatures and other shapes on public and private walls.
(Source: NZZ, 19.06.2020)

Your visit

The artwork in the Karlsturm are publicly accessible. The sprayings in the bell tower can only be viewed during special guided tours.

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Tower opening hours

Summer   |   1 March – 31 October
Mon–Sat, 10 am – 5.30 pm, Sun 12.30 pm – 5.30 pm

Winter   |   1 November – 28 February
Mon–Sat, 10 am – 4.30 pm, Sun 12.30 pm – 4.30 pm


Admission fee: Adults CHF 5.–

No lift available
(187 steep steps up a narrow staircase)

More information for your visit

Documentary: Harald Naegeli – the Zurich sprayer

Director Nathalie David reveals a multifaceted personality in her portrait of Harald Naegeli – an artist with vision, a rebel, a philosopher, a bright and witty man, whose art polarised. The film is Naegeli's testament and an homage to the utopian.
The film also shows footage of the Totentanz at Grossmünster, with comments by pastor Christoph Sigrist.
Release: 4 November 2021



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