The Museum Franz Gertsch is pleased to announce that construction work on our expansion building will begin this exhibition period. The ground-breaking ceremony will take place on March 9, 2018! Our 2018 exhibition plans will be largely unaffected by the construction work, but it will probably be necessary to close the museum in January and February 2019.
As has already been communicated and discussed in the press, we are planning a subterranean expansion that will include an anteroom and an exhibition space. This will give us an additional 300 square meters and will also enable more flexible use of the spaces for exhibitions and presentations of the collection in the future. It will also become possible to permanently exhibit The Four Season series created by Franz Gertsch from 2007 to 2011, which surely represents a highlight of the artist’s late work. The acquisition of the four paintings by the museum’s donor and patron, Dr. h.c. Willy Michel, ensured that the works will remain in Burgdorf.
The exterior of the new structure will be minimalistic and sculptural. Working together with Planrand Architekten, Bern, Martin Sturm, the architect from Langnau im Emmental who already designed the original museum, has planned a building whose outer form plays with the seasonal sunlight to make the change of seasons visible. The extension is thus not only connected stylistically to the previous architecture but also clearly references new developments in the work of Franz Gertsch and the future purpose of the new exhibition space. Our patron Dr. h.c. Willy Michel is financing around two thirds of the planned investment of 3 million Swiss Francs, the lottery fund of Canton Bern just under 1 million Swiss Francs and the Willy Michel Foundation is also making a contribution.
The reopening after this construction phase will take place on March 8, 2019, Franz Gertsch’s 89th birthday. We are already looking forward to that day and a major exhibition of Franz Gertsch’s works in our new enlarged museum!