The Segantini Museum, which opened its doors in 1908, was built by Engadine architect Nicolaus Hartmann (1880-1956) as a memorial for the famous painter Giovanni Segantini and has since expanded three times. Today, St. Moritz is home to the world’s most comprehensive and important collection of Segantini’s works.
Giovanni Segantini (1858–1899) is considered a significant exponent of Realistic Symbolism and a reformer of Alpine painting at the end of the 19th century. The stateless artist moved from Brianza to Savognin in Oberhalbstein in 1886 and in 1894 to Maloja in the Engadine. While the artist was working on the central panel of the Alpine triptych "Werden–Sein–Vergehen" (Becoming-Being-Passing) on the Schafberg high above Pontresina, he suddenly died.
Trailblazers of modernism Masterpieces such as "Ave Maria bei der Überfahrt" (Ave Maria on the crossing), "Mittag in den Alpen" (Noon in the Alps), and the triptych still inspire musicians, writers, and visual artists today. Along with Gauguin, van Gogh, Cezanne, and Munch, Giovanni Segantini is regarded as a trailblazer of modernism. His paintings speak of human existence in harmony with nature.
The museum as an important cultural institution The Segantini Museum is one of the most important cultural institutions in the Engadine and holds a special status within the Grisons museum landscape. It is one of the most important monographic museums in Switzerland. Due to the unique building, the great collection, and the lively activities, the Segantini Museum is one-of-a-kind and highly attractive to tourists. The annual number of visitors is approximately 25,000.
A monument to walk through The museum, which opened its doors in 1908, was built as a memorial, as a “monument to walk through” for the painter who spent the last five years of his life in the Engadine. As a rotunda, the striking building with the wide dome is based on the pavilion that Giovanni Segantini had planned for his Engadine panorama at the Paris World Exhibition of 1900.
The museum in the Engadine landscape The fact that the museum is embedded in the mountain landscape, which was the artist’s inspiration and what his life revolved around during his final years, also contributes to its attractiveness for visitors from all over the world. In addition to the Alpine triptych and paintings from all of Segantini’s creative periods, a special exhibition and an artistic guest of honour are also featured in the Segantini Museum.
Cost of admission CHF 15.00 / CHF 10.00 / CHF 3.00 Children under 6 years free of charge
The museum is accessible to visitors with disabilities
- Barrier-free access
- Open to the public
- Guided tour on request