We are pleased to welcome the MUSEION Foundation to CIMAM
MUSEION has recently joined CIMAM as an Institutional Member. The museum also takes part in CIMAM's Free Admission Program that embraces more than 200 modern and contemporary art institutions and biennials worldwide, that offer free admission to our members.
Founded by the cultural association Associazione MUSEION in 1985, MUSEION – then the Museum of Modern Art – opened its doors in 1987, directed by Pier Luigi Siena and chaired by Karl Nicolussi-Leck. In 2001, the museum extended its mission to cover contemporary art. As of 2000, the focus of MUSEION, guided by Chairman Alois Lageder and Director Andreas Hapkemeyer, gradually shifted towards contemporary art, with particular attention given to the role of language in art. In 2006, the museum became a private foundation, with the Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano and the MUSEION Private Founders (ex Associazione MUSEION) as founders. Corinne Diserens, appointed as director in 2007, guided the institution’s move into its new venue, designed by the Berlin architecture firm KSV – Krüger Schubert Vandreike.
The new building, with its large glass façade forging a dialogue between the historic centre and the new city, opened in May 2008. From the end of 2008 until May 2020, MUSEION was directed by Letizia Ragaglia. On 1 June 2020, Bart van der Heide became Director.
The MUSEION Foundation’s stated purpose is the promotion and appreciation of contemporary art. It sees itself as a meeting place for international art, and also as an institution in support of the art of South Tyrol.
Institutional membership is available to museums, collections and organizations that are of museological relevance and have been open to the public for more than 5 years. They should be not for profit. They should demonstrate an appropriate governance structure in accordance with the ICOM definition of a museum, with key museum functions (collection, conservation, research, exhibition and mediation) undertaken by professionals.
Please read CIMAM’s membership criteria.