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Museion in Bolzano, Italy, strikes a standout cubic pose created in reflective aluminium over five floors. Home to the modern and contemporary art museum designed by Berlin-based architects KSV Krüger Schuberth Vandreike.
Conceived as an incubator of the arts and international laboratory for research, exhibitions are continually evolving, and Museion functions as an artist in residence venue and home for collaborative innovations.
The collection of art is relatively young, starting off in the 1990s' and today has some 4600 artworks curated by a team of directors, a collection that defines the museum's cultural space and mission. Several new artists like Monica Bonvicini, Klara Lidén, Rossella Biscotti as well as works by Carla Accardi, Afro, Agostino Bonalumi, Günter Brus, Enrico Castellani, Markus Lüpertz, Achille Perilli, Arnulf Rainer, Hans Staudacher and Emilio Vedova, among others, form part of the institution's portfolio.
The collection boasts an important group of works of light art, with pieces by historic groups such as Gruppo N and Gruppo Zero, and individual artists like Mario Airò, Alberto Biasi, Otto Piene, Rosemarie Trockel and Cerith Wyn Evans, and an impressive set of artworks that explore the relationship between image and text.
The architecture is deliberate in concept with its transparent facade, used in the darker hours to project monumental video art installations. During the day, the daylight is directed into the exhibition areas via movable translucent slats and the amount of daylight in the interior spaces is varied. The Museion becomes a communicating sculpture in the urban space.
It contrasts the surrounding buildings but has a distinctive, almost melodic dialogue with history. The Museion is the most important museum for modern art in South Tyrol. The silver shimmering aluminium facade of the museum on the edge of the old town of Bolzano can be clearly seen from the surrounding mountains. The museum overcomes the concept of the introverted art box and communicates with the outside space via the glass facade and two bridges. The building is designed like a square aluminium tube, the glazed front sides of which are inclined inward and draw the visitor in.
The KSV Krüger Schuberth Vandreike office was founded in 1990 in Berlin by Torsten Krüger, Christiane Schuberth and Bertram Vandreike. The conceptual design is the starting point for the way KSV Krüger Schuberth Vandreike works.