The Collection

MASI Palazzo Reali
Permanent exhibition

Niele Toroni
Prints of No. 50 brush, repeated at regular intervals, 1987
Acrylic on canvas and on wall, 200 x 200 cm
MASI Lugano, Collezione Cantone Ticino

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The exhibition in MASI’s venue Palazzo Reali presents a selection of important works in the collection grouped by theme, historical period and school.
Exhibited on the ground floor is Vela’s Spartacus and the restored site-specific work by Toroni created in 1987 for the opening of what was then the Museo Cantonale d’Arte.
The four rooms and corridor on the upper floor will show works on differing themes that span the period from the 14th century to the beginning of the 19th century. The presentation will display the religious paintings of Palmezzano, Giampietrino, Serodine and Mola. A gallery of female portraits of different eras will be followed by the Symbolism of Berta, Rossi, Hodler and Previati and the landscapes painted around the turn of the 20th century by Franzoni and Boccioni.

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Antonio Rinaldi
Antonio Rinaldi, Ritratto delle signorine Spinelli
Oil on canvas, 74 x 84 cm
MASI Lugano. City of Lugano Collection
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Ferdinand Hodler
Ferdinand Hodler, Adoration II
Oil on canvas, 81.5 x 101 cm
MASI Lugano. Extended loan Kunsthaus Zürich, Fondazione Gottfried Keller
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Angelika Kauffmann
Angelika Kauffmann, Portrait of a Dame
1800 ca
Oil on canvas, 65 x 55 cm
MASI Lugano. Collezione Cantone Ticino. Gift Eduard von der Heydt
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Pietro Rizzoli (known Giampietrino)
Giovanni Pietro Rizzoli (known as Giampietrino), The Nativity with Two Angels
Oil on panel, 123.5 x 97.7 cm
MASI Lugano. Collezione Cantone Ticino. Gift Stadt Zürich


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The Museum

Founded in 2015, after just a few years the Museo d'arte della Svizzera italiana (MASI Lugano) has become one of the most visited art museums in Switzerland. It forms a cultural bridge between the north and south of the Alps, between Latin and Germanic Europe. Through its two locations – the LAC cultural centre and the historic Palazzo Reali – it offers a rich programme with temporary exhibitions and changing collection presentations as well as a comprehensive, multilingual educational programme for visitors of all ages. The offer is complemented by the close collaborations with the Collezione Giancarlo e Danna Olgiati, which is part of the MASI network, entirely dedicated to contemporary art. MASI is one of the Swiss museums to be directly supported by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture and is also one of the “Art Museums of Switzerland”, the group of museums selected by Switzerland Tourism to promote the country’s cultural image worldwide.


Museo d'arte della Svizzera italiana
Lugano Arte e Cultura - Piazza Bernardino Luini 6, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday:
10 AM – 5 PM
10 AM – 8 PM
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays
10 AM – 6 PM
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COMBINED TICKET (LAC and Palazzo Reali)
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