In its just-published brochure “Switzerland’s Loveliest Museums, vol. 2” the Swiss Heritage Society introduces us to 50 art museums from different eras and all regions of the country that give us a winning combination of architecture and fine art set in a memorable context.
Swiss Heritage sees the relationship between these elements as essential to evaluating a property’s impact; the arts reflect the values and ideals, and also the challenges and transformations of a society; the buildings themselves are a platform for artistic creation and a reflection of their times.
The spectacular rise of prices paid for works of art has boosted artistic production in Switzerland and abroad and in a knock-on effect, the construction of ever bigger and impressive museums to house art has taken on greater significance and prestige.
In compiling its favorite 50 art museums, Swiss Heritage has attempted to answer the questions: Where do we find original and quality exhibitions, even those hidden from the media spotlight?, and, What deserves to be collected and presented to the public, and in what setting?
It’s their hope that the selection will give art, architecture and conservation lovers the desire to visit the museums profiled in order to provide them with some food for thought about art, architecture and the values that underlie them.
The 120-page, A6-formatted booklet, rich with color photos and succinct descriptions as well as all necessary practical and contact information is available in French/German for CHF 16.– (members of Swiss Heritage CHF8.-). It can be purchased online at the Swiss Heritage shop.
Christmas gift set: Switzerland’s Loveliest Museums x 2
The two volumes in the series “Switzerland’s Loveliest Museums” can be ordered as a gift set. While the second volume looks at art museums, the first volume is devoted to 50 museums that focus on the natural and human sciences and is entitled “Knowledge and Stories”.
The price for both is CHF32.– (members of Swiss Heritage CHF16.–). Anyone looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for that heritage lover in the family needn’t look any further.♥
All photos for Swiss Heritage by Christoph Oeschger.