Museo Castello San Materno Ascona


In 2014, thanks to an agreement between the Municipality of Ascona and the Foundation for Culture Kurt and Barbara Alten, after a careful restoration the ancient Castle San Materno has become a modern exhibition space, home to the art collection of the Alten family. This important collection holds more than sixty works by the most significant artists gravitating in the German area during the period from the late nineteenth century to the First World War: from the impressionists Max Liebermann and Lovis Corinth, to the artists of the colony of Worpswede (Fritz Overbeck, Hans am Ende, Otto Modersohn and Paula Modersohn-Becker), up to the expressionist artists of the Brücke – Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel, Hermann Max Pechstein and Emil Nolde – and those of the Blaue Reiter group, Alexej Jawlensky and August Macke.

Opening times (May - September 2024):
Thursday - Saturday: 10.00 - 12.00 / 14.00 - 17.00
Sunday and holidays: 14.00 - 16.00
Monday - Wednesday: closed


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Accessibility Services

This cultural/tourist point of interest took part in the digital data mapping project on accessibility by Pro Infirmis. The project was carried out with the collaboration and support of Ticino Turismo, the four regional tourist organisations and the Department of Education, Culture and Sport.

All information on the accessibility of the partner in question can be found on the following page.


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