Museo Casorella

 

Locarno

Located near the Castle, in Via B. Rusca, it is a 16th century mansion built for the Lussy family, later enlarged by the Orelli dei Capitani family (hence its second name of Casa degli Orelli= Casorella) and finally bought by the Rusca family who then sold it to the Municipality.

The building incorporates parts of the walls of the old castle with many decorative elements from different periods ranging from the 16th to the 19th century. The two portals leading to the palace and along the walls date back to the 17th century; the façade at the end of the small courtyard has a small loggia with stuccoes depicting hunting scenes and, in the spaces between the windows, rich trophies with heraldic allusions. The ceiling of the loggia is in stucco and the decorative fresco with architectural perspective is by Caldelli from Brissago (1787).

The hall of honour is decorated with stucco, the ceiling is dominated by a painting by Giuseppe A.. F. Orelli, dated 1773, depicts the Judgement of Paris. The entire pictorial decoration of the hall was renewed in the 19th century. The large stone fireplace, of late Renaissance construction (1600), is decorated with the coats of arms of the Rusca family.

From 7th April 2019 Casorella will hosts the Collezioni permanenti (permanent collections) of the Town Locarno, especially:
Galassia - Arp
Giardino - Max Bill
Filippo Franzoni



Opening hours:
Tuesday - Friday: 10.00h - 12.00h / 14.00h - 17.00h
Saturday - Sunday and public holidays: 10.00h - 17.00h
Monday: closed

Prices:
adults CHF 15.00
Schools, Children up to 18 years, Raiffeisen Card, Museum Pass, ICOM/AMS, VKKS, Associazione Amici di Casa Rusca: free entrance
students with more than 18 years CHF 08.00

Tessera domiciliati Locarno, App my Ascona-Locarno, Ticino Ticket, Cultural Pass Ascona-Locarno: discount

Combined Ticket Museums Casorella + Castle + Casa Rusca:

adults CHF 20.00
AHV/IV, Groups (min. 10 p.): CHF 14.00
students with more than 18 years CHF 12.00

Tessera domiciliati Locarno, App my Ascona-Locarno, Ticino Ticket, Cultural Pass Ascona-Locarno: discount

Guided tours: by appointment CHF 150.- (min. 10 p.) + admission CHF 10.- pp.


The access to Casorella from Via Bartolomeo Rusca 5 is possible to disabled visitors.


Legend pictures:

1. Museo Casorella, Giardino Max Bill
   © Collezione Città di Locarno - Foto Cosimo Filippini
2. Museo Casorella, Interno
   © Collezione Città di Locarno - Foto Cosimo Filippini
3. Museo Casorella, Interno
   © Collezione Città di Locarno - Foto Cosimo Filippini
4. Jean Arp: Nadir II, 1960
   Rilievo, masonite dipinta, 152 x 131 cm
   © Collezione Città di Locarno
5. Paul Klee: Wohin? Junger Garten, 1920
   Olio su carta, incollato su cartone, 24 x 29 cm
   © Collezione Città di Locarno
6. Filippo Franzoni: Madonna del Sasso, s.d.
   Olio su tavola, 43,5 x 43 cm
   © Collezione Città di Locarno - Foto Cosimo Filippini
7. Giovanni Bianconi: Vecchia Locarno, anni 1930
   Silografia, 235 x 310 cm
   © Collezione Città di Locarno

 

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