Museum Liner – Kunstmuseum Appenzell
The Kunstmuseum Appenzell, formerly known as Museum Liner, is an art museum located in the Swiss town of Appenzell.
The museum, opened in 1998, is housed in a very interesting 1,644-square-meter / 17,700-square-foot building, designed by the Swiss firm Gigon & Guyer, easily recognizable by its saw-tooth roof and its metallic exterior.
The architects designed the exhibition space of the museum as a collection of ten small to medium-sized rooms, from 30 to 50 square meters each, apt to accommodate artworks of different type and size.
The Kunstmuseum Appenzell also contains a reading room, a small video room, a shop, and a relatively large entrance hall which can be also used as a multifunctional space for meetings, lectures, and presentations.
Externally, the building is entirely clad with satin stainless steel shingles which, together with the zigzagging roof shape, are reminiscent of the traditional rural architecture of the canton Appenzell.
Kunstmuseum Appenzell, photo Dario Lanfranconi (https://dariolanfranconi.ch/) courtesy of KMA
The Kunstmuseum Appenzell is primarily dedicated to the work of painters Carl August Liner (1871-1946) and his son Carl Walter Liner (1914-1997), but it also presents works by other 20th century artists.
The collection of the museum comprises over 1000 paintings and drawings by the Liners, as well as about 200 pieces by renowned modern and contemporary artists, including paintings and sculptures by Piet Mondrian, Hans Arp, Alexander Calder, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Antoni Tàpies, Eduardo Chillida, Frank Stella, Pierre Alechinsky, Gustave Buchet, and Beat Zoderer.
Works from the collection are exhibited in the museum on a rotational basis.
The museum also organizes temporary exhibitions and concerts of classical and contemporary music.
Kunstmuseum Appenzell, photo Shellfish
Exterior and interior views of the Kunstmuseum Appenzell; images courtesy of Appenzellerland Tourismus AI (http://www.appenzell.ch)
Gigon & Guyer, Museum Liner / Kunstmuseum Appenzell, plan and longitudinal section
Gigon & Guyer, Museum Liner / Kunstmuseum Appenzell, model. Image courtesy of DAM Deutsches Architekturmuseum
A painting by Carl Walter Liner on display in the museum; photo: Kunstmuseum Appenzell.
Cover image courtesy of Gigon & Guyer
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