Museion by Krüger Schuberth Vandreike



The Museion in Bolzano, Italy, is a new museum of modern and contemporary art designed by Berlin-based architects Krüger Schuberth Vandreike.


The five floors of the museum include exhibition and events areas, educational workshops and a library. In addition, there is an atelier house adjoining the museum which will host artists in residence.


The museum will open its new building on 24th May with the inaugural exhibition Peripheral vision and collective body.


The following information is from Krüger Schuberth Vandreike:



On 24th May 2008 the new Museion, museum of modern and contemporary art in Bolzano (South Tyrol, Italy) is to open its new building designed by the Berlin architects KSV Krüger Schuberth Vandreike and commissioned by the Autonomous Province of Bolzano.


The new building corresponds to a redefinition of the entire Museion project: as an institution, Museion has been managed since 2006 by a foundation of which the Province of Bolzano and the Museion Association are part and, in 2007, Corinne Diserens was appointed as new director.


Museion derives its strength and driving force from its location, South Tyrol, an atypical and multicultural region with a strong European outlook, which will, this year, also be hosting the European Biennial for Contemporary Art Manifesta 7. Instead of a simple container of artworks, it will be an international laboratory for research with an interdisciplinary focus: this is the museum that is being born. Museion sets at the center of its development a strong activation of the collection that will live in a relationship with temporary exhibitions. It will also stimulate the collaboration with artists through production and artists’ residencies.


Museion’s project is reflected in its architecture. The cubic form of the building is visually striking, with the transparent front facades offering a dialogue with the city. The physical and symbolical tie between the historical center and the new city is completed by the two parallel and oscillating curves of the bridge, an integral part of the project. The building’s interior spaces are fluid: the five levels of museum activity — exhibition and events areas, educational workshops, library — aren’t rigidly separated from one another, but are intimately interconnected.


Adjoining the museum is an atelier house to host artists. At night the museum will offer passers-by a stunning view when the facades will act as screens for the projection of artworks especially commissioned by Museion.

The opening show: ‘Peripheral vision and collective body’

The activation of the collection finds its full expression in the opening show “Peripheral vision and collective body.” The exhibition, conceived as an exceptional event for the opening, will gather numerous works from the collection, including new acquisitions and important long-term loans from private collectors, as well as loans from national and international museums.

Peripheral vision and collective body discusses the question of the collective bodies in contemporary visual art considering the tight relationship with architecture and performance (dance in particular). Looking at how recent artistic proposals have been informed by the American avant-gardes from the post WW II period which themselves had activated some experimentation from the German, Polish and Russian milieu of the early XX Century. The exhibition will bring together a selection of works, including film, performance, documents and texts from Meyerhold to contemporary art, which will explore the creation and the use of ‘the collective body’ as a critical strategy to question the legacy of our recent history.
This path takes as a starting point the notion of “peripheral vision” as opposed to central vision, that is to say the ability to see objects and movement outside of the direct line of vision and explores diverse ways of challenging single vs public experiences of spaces.

‘Peripheral vision and collective body’ will run from 24 May to 21 September 2008. There will be an accompanying program of events, performances, films and talks. The exhibition catalogue will be co-published with Hatje Cantz in German, Italian and English editions.

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  • ror

    this is extraordinary, i can find associations with the schaulager in basel by h&m and herz jesu kirche in munick. i am thrilling <3

  • Fling

    Eeechhh! The fascista is back! That is one behemoth of a museum right there.

    “…The cubic form of the building is visually striking, with the transparent front facades offering a dialogue with the city…”
    – so long as the dialogue is by Quentin Trantino – “Shut up city, I’m an art gallery! I’ll chew your ear off…”, etc.

    Also sort of looks like an out of town techno-park office building for a hoover spare parts distributor located just off the M25.

  • xearo

    you are indeed thrilling

  • Seems like words can deviate from the nice project. Peripheral vision and opening up to the city? I think it’s opening to the park and closed off to the side neighbours. But I do like the project. Very slick materials, simple and beautiful! Would love to visit

  • diabase

    It would be nice to see a shot not taken through a 24mm lense…

  • sam

    nice, but looks like an apple store

  • Zenza

    Sam, that is so true. It really does look like an Apple Store, and maybe that is the fact why people dig this so much.

    Gotta love the Mac :P

  • Tyler

    Agreed on the apple store remark. Also, does anybody else see the resemblance to the Grande Arche?

  • fanciulla

    the competition was made years and years ago… when apple was close to death. the competition entries were quite interesting, I liked the M.Fuksas proposal, it was the most original design. Maybe you can find it somewhere overe the internet.

  • yung

    it reminds me of Grand Arche at La Defence, too!

  • It’s a little nice object for a really nice city.

  • Jenni

    agree ưith you .it really reminds me of La Defence too

  • janlist

    repeated,nothing new

  • jbLA

    first off i like the building, as an actual architect i find it special. the degree of detail and the fact that it reminds me more of a modern day church, reinforces the cultural complexities of giving curtain cultural artifacts higher ground than spiritual ones. i applaud the bold simple moves the architects have done.

    i find it interesting how in these forums people are so quick to analyze, critique and slam designs, as if it is a bad case of jealousy. who really cares if it looks like an apple store [yet designed before apple stores] or this or that, it is simply a good piece of architecture. who ever commented on it being a piece of fascist architecture needs to revisit their history books, after they get out of their tunnel. the word fascist is too loosely thrown around these days, it has really lost it meaning. especially when people on the left and right of the political spectrum are falsely accused of being something they truly are not. fascist the word has become just another four letter word used by those having a hard time expressing themselves.

  • Joseph Muehlberger

    On the 31st of August 2008 the JAPAN TIMES reported that your museum displayed a sculpture portraying a green frog nailed to a cross. The similarity to the crucified Jesus was obvious. It seems to me, that someone in the name of arts and – of course – publicity does not know the limits taught by shame, decency and respect for religious feelings of others. I cannot understand the reasons for the museum’s directorium to display such an offensive – not at all artistic- nonsense.

  • lubna

    amazingly creative and inspiring..