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The Museum Comunale d’Arte Moderna
The Museo Comunale d’Arte Moderna is located in a beautiful palazzo dating back to the 16th century and overlooking the Via Borgo.
It houses an important selection from the permanent municipal exhibition and is home to two foundations, the Marianne Werefkin Foundation and the Richard Seewald Foundation. The municipal art collection goes back to 1922 when many of the artists living in Ascona decided to donate one of their works each for when the foundation stone for a future municipal museum would be laid.
The Casa Serodine
The wonderful facade, featuring stucco work by Giovanni Serodine, was created around 1620 in conjunction with restoration work on the building. The stucco art presents scenes from the Holy Scriptures.
The Museum Castello San Materno
The permanent exhibition features German Impressionist and Expressionist works by artists from the Worpswede artists’ colony. Included among them are paintings by Paula Modersohn-Becker, Otto Modersohn, Hans am Ende, Fritz Overbeck, Max Liebermann and Lovis Corinth, joined by works by the Die Brücke and Der Blauer Reiter groups of artists such as Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Hermann Max Pechstein and Alexej von Jawlensky. Artists August Macke, Emil Nolde and Christian Rohlfs are represented by works in watercolours. A special exhibition has been held each year during the summer months since 2016.
The historical Castello San Materno has returned to its original splendour, after undergoing careful restoration works, and has now become a modern exhibition venue for the town of Ascona. Thanks to an agreement between the municipality of Ascona and the Cultural Foundation Kurt and Barbara Alten, the Castello hosts a permanent collection of over forty art works by outstanding artists from the German region of which the most significant ones are from the period beginning at the end of the nineteenth century up until the post ww1 era.
The church of San Pietro e Paolo
The church of San Pietro e Paolo, which is located in Ascona’s old center of town, Borgo, is well worth a visit. The church is a basilica dating back to the 16th century. The interior of the basilica is defined by columns. Its high bell tower is the landmark of the vacation destination of Ascona. The branching lanes of the Old Town lead to the car-free zone of the Lake Promenade with its charming street cafés.
The Monte Verità
The Mountain of Truth, lies above Ascona. People who subscribed to philosophies off the beaten track established a colony here at the beginning of the 20th century. The colony attracted celebrities from all over the world. Today the mountain is a place where the universities of Lucerne and Zurich hold seminars, and a museum showcases the history of the alternative colony and its founders.