Kunst Museum Winterthur | Beim Stadthaus
Formerly known as Kunstmuseum Winterthur, the Kunst Museum Winterthur | Beim Stadthaus is one of the most important museums of modern and contemporary art in Switzerland.
The museum is housed in an early 20th-century neoclassical building designed by architects Rittmeyer & Furrer, expanded in 1995 after a design by Swiss architectural firm Gigon & Guyer.
Originating from the merging of the collection of different local museums, the collection of the Kunst Museum Winterthur is quite diverse and comprises artworks dating from the 17th century to the present day, divided into six sub-collections.
The museums’ collection of Dutch Golden Age Art presents paintings by several Dutch Baroque old masters, including Pieter Claesz, Rembrandt van Rijn, Willem van de Velde, and Jan Both.
The Enlightenment, Romanticism and Realism collection mostly features works by 18th and 19th century Swiss, Austrian, and German painters, including Jean-Étienne Liotard, Anton Graff, Caspar Wolf, Caspar David Friedrich, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, and Arnold Böcklin, among others.
The collection dedicated to Symbolism, Impressionism and Expressionism comprises paintings by 19th-century artists, such as Ferdinand Hodler, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Oskar Kokoschka, and Max Beckmann.
The museum’s Classical Modern collection is focused on modern art movements before World War Two with paintings and sculptures by Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger, Pablo Picasso, Hans Arp, Jacques Lipchitz, Constantin Brancusi, Piet Mondrian, Giorgio de Chirico, Paul Klee, René Magritte, and Alexander Calder, among others.
Art after the World War Two presents works by renowned European artists, such as Max Bill, Antoni Tàpies, Alberto Giacometti, and Giorgio Morandi.
The collection of Contemporary Art is focused on American and European contemporary art movements, such as Minimal Art, Arte Povera, and Abstract Expressionism, with works by Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Tuttle, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Schütte, Richard Deacon, Rita McBride, and Matt Mullican, among others, which are exhibited on a rotational basis in the museum’s expansion.
Fully accessible to physically-impaired persons, the Kunst Museum Winterthur building also contains temporary exhibition spaces, a garden, and a cafe.
Kunst Museum Winterthur, the expansion designed by architects Gigon & Guyer in the 1990s. Photo Georg Aerni
“Gerhard Richter: Strips & Glass” exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Winterthur, 2014, installation view: Photo Reto Kaufmann
Cover image, the Winterthur Museum of Art, view of the old building. Photo Georg Aerni
All images courtesy of Kunst Museum Winterthur
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