This museum, “Muzeum Susch” was opened for public in January this year. Muzeum Susch overall hosts five pillars: exhibition spaces, a research institute, a choreography center, artists residency and an annual academic symposium. Though the museum is not even one year old, it is considered to be one of the best in the 21st century. Do you know why?
Its unique because of its location, its design and objective. Its situated in a sleepy village, Susch, in Switzerland. Susch is a tiny hamlet with a population of around 200. Location chosen is not without reasons either. One can notice mushrooming of galleries in the region to service the area’s wealthy cultured visitors. There are now more than 30 galleries in the Engadin.
Its location is unique because it is located on the site of a 12th-century monastery, in a rambling complex of buildings. Looking at the current status one cannot believe that it formerly housed a vicarage, hospice and brewery. The old structure was transformed into a museum by the young architects Chasper Schmidlin and Lukas Voellmy who have concocted a magical place where the historic fabric, contemporary art and the raw geology of the landscape collide. They had to blast out about 9,000 tons of mountain rock to create various gallery spaces. One can see plenty of exquisite craftsmanship and unique materials, such as local larch trees used as floorboards. The project shows incredible attention to detail throughout bringing out clearly the brilliance of architects and local craftsmanship.
The owner and founder of this museum is Grażyna Kulczyk, a collector of art from her college days and one of the richest women in Poland. She was so obsessed with art that she used to collect paintings mostly from female artists since the 1970s. The new museum was set up to show the work of women and all artists whose work–for reasons unknown (and known)–has not received recognition which it deserved. But the truth is, many visitors come here more to see the museum building itself than anything else.