Museion is the museum of modern and contemporary art in Bolzano, Northern Italy, founded in 1985 and located in a new venue, designed by the architecture firm KSV, Berlin, since 2008. The cubic building has transparent front and rear façades and can be reached from one side via the museum’s two parallel bridges with oscillating curves.
The museum plays an important role on the Italian and Alpine contemporary art scenes. Over the past few years it has presented, often for the first time in an Italian museum, solo shows of top international artists such as Carl Andre, VALIE EXPORT, Rosemarie Trockel, Isa Genzken and Francesco Vezzoli. At the same time, space has always been dedicated to younger up-coming artists such as Monica Bonvicini, Klara Lidén, Rossella Biscotti and Danh Vo. The over 4.500 works of the Museion Collection are exhibited periodically, on a rotation basis and in themed exhibitions and in the Summer, a programme of artists’ videos is projected on the media façade, creating a suggestive atmosphere for those lounging along the river bank or passing by on foot or bicycle.
Museion is dedicated to making contemporary art and the museum as open and approachable as possible for all. For this reason, since 2012 the ground floor has been open to the public and can be rented free of charge by cultural associations. The space also hosts Museion’s rich programme of collateral and educational events, conceived for people of all ages, with varying levels of familiarity of Museion and contemporary art.