Switzerland has a lot to offer. From breathtaking views to cultural sites, and everything in between. We’ve picked out some of the stuff you ought to be visiting while there! They’re located in Basel, Martigny, Geneva, Bern, Zurich, and Lucerne. Each and every one has something unique and beautiful to offer. You will see amazing art, paintings, sculptures, videos, films, objects, programs, events, and many more! You will also see a lot of important historical features that date way back into the past! They have something to offer for everybody, suiting everyone’s needs.
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Switzerland is rich in cultural events and venues of all kinds. Here is a non-exhaustive selection…
The Kunstmuseum Basel, located in the suburb of Alban, is renowned for its rich collections. These cover two distinct areas in particular: paintings by Upper Rhine and Dutch artists from the 15th and 16th centuries, and European art in general from 1850 to 1950. Completely renovated in recent years, the museum has some treasures, including the world’s largest collection of works by the Holbein family.
The remarkable Fondation Beyeler in Riehen, near Basel, presents the lifelong collection of Ernst and Hildy Beyeler. Since they had no children of their own, they donated the collection to the Foundation in 1982 and it is now open to the public. Among the 200 or so paintings and sculptures on display are Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Cubist works, as well as paintings from American art of the 1950s. The Foundation regularly organizes large temporary exhibitions, including in the beautiful garden surrounding the museum.
Fondation Beyeler – Riehen
The works of Paul Klee and Pablo Picasso are the main attractions of the Rosengart Collection in the Sammlung Museum, the city’s newest museum. Alongside the works of these two masters of painting are those of more than twenty great names of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Cézanne, Monet, Matisse, Braque, Léger, and Mirò.
Museum Sammlung Rosengart Lucerne
One of the most important art collections in Switzerland can be discovered at the Kunsthaus Museum of Modern Art in Zurich. A wide range of works from the 15th century to contemporary art are on display in this exceptionally rich museum, where paintings representing most of the major artistic movements are on view to the public.
The oldest museum in Switzerland, founded in 1879, houses works spanning nine centuries, including works by Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Ferdinand Hodler, and Meret Oppenheim. Temporary exhibitions are held regularly, and the collection is constantly growing, and now includes more than 3,000 paintings and sculptures and around 48,000 drawings, prints, photographs, videos, and films.
Considered one of the three most important museums in Switzerland, the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Genève has a collection of some 650,000 objects, some of which are exhibited on five floors and 7,000 m2, offering a journey through time, while ten or so temporary exhibitions are organized each year.
Museum of Art and History of Geneva
Lugano If you want to discover the various components of artistic development in Ticino between the 19th and 20th centuries, the Cantonal Art Museum of Lugano is the place to go. Located in the historical center of the city, in a group of buildings of medieval origin, it brings together works by Swiss-Italian and Italian artists, as well as paintings by artists such as Klee, Jawlensky, Richter, etc., allowing you to discover the multiple facets of modern and contemporary art development, between figuration and abstraction. The museum also hosts carefully curated temporary exhibitions, which are very popular with the public.
Museo Cantonale d’Arte – Lugano
Every year, visitors flock to the Pierre Gianadda Foundation to discover its exhibitions. Each time, they mark a major cultural event presented in the ancient setting of the Centre built around the remains of the oldest Gallo-Roman temple of this type found in Switzerland. Until 23 November 2014, a special exhibition will be devoted to Renoir, followed, from 5 December to 14 June 2015, by “Anker, Hodler, Vallotton…”, in collaboration with the Kunstmuseum in Bern. Throughout the year, the Foundation’s sculpture garden is open to the public. And from March to the end of September, the visit is completed with a trip to the Old Arsenal, located in the gardens, where an interactive educational exhibition dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci and his famous machines awaits you. The Foundation also offers a program of high-profile concerts, given throughout the season in the very heart of the ancient temple.
Pierre Gianadda Foundation – Martigny