The Segantini Museum St. Moritz

The Segantini Museum in St. Moritz is run by the Giovanni Segantini Foundation, which was founded in 1993. The Foundation’s objectives are to take care of and expand the collection of works by Segantini, and to also publicise his works by means of exhibitions, publications, loans and events at a both national and international level.

Giovanni Segantini played an important role in reviving Alpine painting and as a representative of Symbolism at the end of the 19th century. 

Segantini was born on January 15, 1858 in what was then the Austrian city of Arco, the son of street vendor Agostino Segantini and Margherita de Girard. Following the death of his mother, at seven years old, Giovanni was sent to live with his half-sister, Irene, in Milan, where he spent a difficult childhood and youth. He trained to be a shoemaker, worked in his half-brother Napoleone’s photography and chemist’s shop and was assistant to a decorative painter. 

In 1881, Segantini left the city, moving to Brianza, the lake district between Milan and Como. The house in which he lived, Chalet Kuoni still belongs to the family and contains numerous original objects. Built onto the Chalet Kuoni was a pavilion, known as the Segantini Atelier, which is now open to the public. 

Like many artists, Segantini looked beyond traditional forms of painting in search of naturalistic, simple motifs from everyday life. At that time, Brianza was a rural landscape, and his constant source of inspiration. 

The last stages of Segantini’s life and career in the Upper Engadine is closely linked with a number of places and buildings in the paintings at the museum, providing a fascinating insight into the artist and his works.

Since the museums exhibition in 1999 marking the 100th anniversary of the artist’s death, the Segantini Museum has held a small but noteworthy summer exhibition at irregular intervals as well as annual winter exhibitions making the gallery a location to visit all year round. The exhibitions focus on specific aspects of Giovanni Segantini’s work. 

Segantini Museum St. Moritz, Via Somplaz 30 · CH-7500 St. Moritz

 Opening hours December 10th 2019– April 20th 2020
Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Closed on Mondays
January 1 | Good Friday | Easter Sunday | Pentecost Sunday / December 25

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