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History of the Museum Franz Gertsch

Besides the presentation of Franz Gertsch’s works, the museum is a regular venue for temporary exhibitions of a wide spectrum of contemporary art.

Contemporaries and comparable younger colleagues, also contrasting approaches to reality are the exhibition themes, with the crossover between painting and photography giving a further emphasis.The quality of Franz Gertsch’s works is thereby obligation and a benchmark for the program. In close cooperation with Franz Gertsch, the Swiss architects Hansueli Jörg and Martin Sturm from Langnau in Emmental designed exhibition spaces that are both striking and perfectly aligned in their function with reference to the works on display. The museum building, completed in 2002, is divided into two exposed concrete cubes, which stand at right angles to one another and surround a museum garden. The total exhibition area of some 1000 sq.mtrs. (10000 sq.ft.) is divided into five clearly proportioned rooms. With the material selection reduced to the minimum, the rooms appear as pure white cubes and stand entirely in the service of the works displayed. Apart from the exhibition rooms, there is a 50 - seat artcafé at the visitors’ disposal, and a video lounge, where a documentary on Franz Gertsch is shown during the day.

In 1998, the Burgdorf industrialist Willy Michel made a decision, together with Franz Gertsch, to create a museum to be maintained by them both. Willy Michel secured the financing for the entire project and established the willy michel foundation, which provides the basis for the museum’s collection. This collection offers a unique constellation for a high-ranking artist: it comprises works by Franz Gertsch dating from 1984 to today. These specifically include the paintings “Silvia I” and “Gräser I–IV” [Grasses I–IV] as well as many woodcuts, among them several large-scale triptychs. In addition, the museum expands its collection through the loan of additional works from other museums or privately, as well as attempting to purchase further works.


Temporary Exhibitions

Exhibition view Museum Franz Gertsch 2012 with paintings of Cornelia Schleime

Besides the presentation of Franz Gertsch’s works, the museum is a regular venue for temporary exhibitions of a wide spectrum of contemporary art. Contemporaries and comparable younger colleagues, also contrasting approaches to reality are the exhibition themes, with the crossover between painting and photography giving a further emphasis. The quality of Franz Gertsch’s works is thereby obligation and a benchmark for the program.


Collection

Exhibition view Museum Franz Gertsch 2005 with paintings of Franz Gertsch

In 1998, the Burgdorf industrialist Willy Michel made a decision, together with Franz Gertsch, to create a museum to be maintained by them both. Willy Michel secured the financing for the entire project and established the willy michel foundation, which provides the basis for the museum’s collection. This collection offers a unique constellation for a high-ranking artist: it comprises works by Franz Gertsch dating from 1984 to today. These specifically include the paintings “Silvia I” and “Gräser I–IV” [Grasses I–IV] as well as many woodcuts, among them several large-scale triptychs. In addition, the museum expands its collection through the loan of additional works from other museums or privately, as well as attempting to purchase further works.

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Foundation Willy Michel

Museum Council

Peter Everts, President
Franz Gertsch, Vice-President
Willy Michel
Guido de Werd
Tobia Bezzola
Peter Stämpfli
Barbara Luginbühl-Sieber
 

Arno Stein, Director Museum Franz Gertsch


Team

Welcome desk

Visitor services staff

Silvia Kälin​Leila Zimmermann
Doris NiederbergerAnnemarie Akermann
Conny Burchianti​Julia Studer
Sarah Bütler​Marlise Schlüssel
 Antoinette Joss

Cultural Education

Administration

Mathias KobelArno Stein | Director
Lukas VeraguthAnna Wesle | Curator
Andreas JahnCornelia Leutenegger-Löffel I Marketing / Kommunication
Florine OttCornelia Wyss | Finance & Controlling
Katia Masson-GallucciDaniel Vögele |Head of Technique

arcafé

 
Therese Iseli | Direction 
Alis Simili

 

Elisa Ziegler 
Ingrid Eggenschwiler 
Monika Gilomen 
Margreth Tanner