With the expansion (2014-2016), the Graubünden Art Museum has become one of the most attractive museums in Switzerland for the public. It sees itself as a centre for art in and from Graubünden with international appeal.
The extension of 2014-2016 has made the Art Museum Graubünden one of Switzerland's most attractive museums. It is a centre for art in and from Graubünden with international renown. The magnificent historical Villa Planta and the modern extension by Barozzi Veiga come together as a unique architectural unit which by itself is worth a visit.
A home for art in Graubünden
The unique collection comprises some 8,000 works from all strands of art ranging from the 18th century to the present and is exhibited on an area of 1,200 square metres. Among the highlights are works by Chur-born Angelika Kauffmann (1741 - 1807), one of the first female artists to win recognition by the Royal Academy in London. The heart of the collection is the artist family Giacometti, with pieces by the world-famous sculptor Alberto and the two accomplished Swiss painters Giovanni and Augusto. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1180 - 1938) and Swiss Expressionism are represented in the collection with some striking works. More recent and contemporary streams are represented by Matias Spescha (1925 - 2008), Not Vital (*1948) or Hans Danuser (*1953), to give an example.
In addition to the permanent exhibition, five to six exhibitions of historical and contemporary art, thematic or monographic in nature, are shown throughout the year. Information on current and future exhibitions can be found at www.buendner-kunstmuseum.ch
A public space where art comes alive
The museum is a space of encounter, where art becomes tangible for everyone thanks to a diverse and varied programme of tours, talks and other events. It is a house with open doors where everyone can feel at home and spend an enjoyable few hours. The art museum Graubünden offers a wide range of art mediation events and services complemented its exhibitions. Public tours, family and kids' events, art mediation for schools and adolescents, exhibition guides, academic publications, catalogues, symposia, artist talks and performances make for an interesting programme. The museum staff engages personally with its visitors to give them the best possible access to art in all its facets.
Museum cafe and bookshop
There is a stylish cafe in the museum, located in the stately conservatory of Villa Planta. During summer, visitors sit outside under a group of old, shady sequoias just off the pedestrian area. The cafe offers fresh, regional cuisine. In the Foyer you will find a well-stocked art book store with a wide selection of exhibition catalogues and art postcards depicting the most famous works from the museum's collection.