Marco Franciolli

Director Museo d'arte della Svizzera italiana, Lugano

“With the inauguration of LAC we will see the debut of a radically new season in Lugano’s arts scene. Finally we will have a museum where we can create programmes which hitherto had been inconceivable, thanks to much more space dedicated to exhibitions and to cutting-edge infrastructure specially designed to facilitate the management of the works. The Art Museum at the LAC represents the corner stone of a policy designed to profoundly overhaul the arts scene and which has lead to the combination of the Canton Art Museum and Art Museum in a single institution. At the same time it represents a starting point, enabling us to investigate new ways to present, use and enjoy art nowadays.
Integration of the two museums also allows us to enhance the value of Ticino’s and Lugano’s heritage. In fact a philological reorganisation of the collections is underway; it is structured into two different sections. In Palazzo Reali, the current site of the Canton Art Museum, works will be presented which range from ancient art up to works from the middle of the 20th century, whilst in LAC, the organisation of the collection will focus on modern and contemporary art”.


Born in Bellinzona in 1956, after studying art and cinema in Florence and LAC, in 1994 he obtained a European Diploma in Cultural Project Management in Brussels. Since 1989 he has curated exhibitions and publications dedicated primarily to modern and contemporary art, photography and video. In 2002 he was invited to direct the CantonArt Museum and in 2011 the LuganoArt Museum as well. A member of numerous foundations and archives in Ticino, Switzerland and abroad, since 2012 he has been a member of the Pro Helvetia Foundation Council. Since 2015 he is the director of the new Museo d’Arte della Svizzera italiana at the LAC

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