The Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana presents a selection of works from the Giancarlo and Danna Olgiati Donation. As a result of a long and fruitful partnership between the Olgiatis and the Museo Cantonale d’arte, which merged with the Museo d’Arte di Lugano to create MASI in 2015, the donation includes a corpus of 77 works by Swiss, Italian and international artists.
The exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to view a large number of the works donated and understand their importance for the Museum’s collection. The exhibition is set up to illustrate the many connections between the Museum’s collection and the content of the Donation, between the artists exhibited by the Museum in its exhibition calendar and those included in the Donation. In some cases, the works donated complete the corpus of work of a single artist already represented in the Museum’s collection.
The importance of the Olgiati Donation in MASI collection is above all expressed in the evident assonances with the Museum’s principal lines of development, inevitably connected with the institution’s particular location in Swiss cultural geography, characterised by an intense interweave of cultural references from north and south of the Alps.
Stefano Arienti / Francesco Barocco / Adriana Beretta / Riccardo Beretta / Livio Bernasconi / Christian Boltanski / Vincenzo Cabiati / Pierpaolo Campanini / Gianni Caravaggio / Roberto Ciaccio / Daniela De Lorenzo / Liu Ding / Martin Disler / Edmondo Dobrzanski / Chiara Dynys / Shannon Ebner / Lux Feininger / Francesco Gennari / Karl Haendel / Urs Lüthi / Amedeo Martegani / Flavio Paolucci / Perino & Vele / Luciano Rigolini / Xanti Schawinsky / Loredana Sperini / Luigi Veronesi