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A study in contrasts at new Vaduz art museum

Art works collected since 1968 are exhibited for the first time in the new museum


Paintings from the private collection of Prince Hans Adam of Liechtenstein and other works rarely seen by the public are now on view in the inaugural exhibition of the principality's new fine arts museum - Kunstmuseum - in Vaduz.

The collection, which focuses on classical art, will also be shown in future thematic exhibitions, along with the museum's own collection of modern and contemporary art, much of it kept in storage over the past 30 years.

Designed by Swiss architectural team of Morger, Degelo and Kerez, the Kunstmuseum has a façade of dyed and polished concrete and an interior awash in light with solid oak parquet floors.

The museum concept is aimed at establishing a close relationship between exhibitions and educational activities and symposia, with the emphasis on 20th and 21st century art.

Just as the modernist building is in stark contrast with the mediaeval castle above it, its contents also offer an interesting study in contrasts.

For example one section is devoted to the contemporary Italian "Art Povera" movement, while another includes masterpieces by Rubens and Rembrandt from the collection of Prince Hans Adam, all on the theme of classical myths.

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