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The Kunstmuseum St.Gallen

The Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, with its attractive, temporary exhibitions of contemporary and modern art, enjoys international renown. As a treasure chest of eastern Switzerland, the museum houses an abundant collection of paintings and sculptures from the Late Middle Ages through to the present, the highlights of which are shown in a permanent exhibition. 

The building, constructed in 1877 by Johann Christoph Kunkler in a neoclassical style, invites one to stroll through the art of the past and present: a dialogue of old and new enables a diversified cultural experience, whereby international traveling exhibitions can be seen, and masterpieces of the past meet today’s contemporary art! An extensive educational programming team has made the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen an attractive place for encountering art of the past and present!

The Kunstzone (art zone) in the Lokremise (engine depot), the Kunstmuseum’s second «venue», serves as a culture lab for contemporary art. The immediate proximity to cinema and dance/theater opens up fascinating synergies in terms of content, the raw character of the interior enables process-oriented exhibitions along with «Artist-in-Residence» projects.

The Stiftung Kunstmuseum St.Gallen

The public service association, Stiftung Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, is the funding provider for the  Kunstmuseums St.Gallen. Emanating in 2012 from the Stiftung St.Galler Museums, it is supported ideally and financially by three sponsors, the City of St. Gallen, the  Ortsbürgergemeinde (citizen’s community) St.Gallen, as well as the Kunstverein St.Gallen. In addition, it receives regular subsidies from the Canton of St. Gallen, as well as from private donors.

The purpose of the foundation is to maintain and develop the art collection, realize attractive exhibitions, and carry out contemporary art mediation.  Statues and service agreements between the foundation, city, Ortsbürgergemeinde, Kunstverein, and Canton of  St. Gallen form the basis for the strategy, as well as for the operative tasks of the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen in the areas of exhibiting, collecting, research, and education.

The foundation board is responsible for the strategic orientation of the museum’s operations and finances.  The foundation board comprises three delegates from the Kunstverein, and two from both the Ortsbürgergemeinde and the City of  St. Gallen, whereby the latter is represented by a member of parliament and a delegate from the city council.

The program commission of the Kunstverein serves as a professional committee of the Kunstmuseum and together with the management, works out the museum’s program in terms of content for the attention of the foundation board.  

Hansruedi Voser, Präsident, Delegate of the Kunstverein St.Gallen
Jens Nef, Vizepräsident, Delegate of the Ortsbürgergemeinde St.Gallen
Lorenz Bühler, Delegate of the Kunstverein St.Gallen
Eveline Florian, Delegate of the Kunstverein St.Gallen
Dr. Madeleine Herzog, Delegate of the Stadtrat St.Gallen
Dr. Thomas Mettler, Delegate of theOrtsbürgergemeinde St.Gallen
Marie-Theres Thomann-Seiz, Delegate of the Stadtparlament St.Gallen

Dr. Kristin Schmidt, President of the Program Commission
Roland Wäspe, Director Kunstmuseum
Lorenz Bühler, President of the Kunstverein
Alex Hanimann
Peter Hubacher
Charles Keller
Hansruedi Voser
Prof. Dr. Armin Wildermuth