Pilatusstrasse 10, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland
Up Close with Modern Masters"We don't have a collection, we just have nice pictures," art dealer and collector Siegfried Rosengart was found of telling people. Rosengart's "nice pictures" include 60 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings and 32 oils and 50 drawings by Picasso. There is also a stash of works by Swiss painter, Paul Klee—15 paintings, watercolors, and drawings. The art dealer, who was a friend to artists like Picasso and Klee, passed his collection on to his daughter Angela, who opened the museum in 2002 in a former Swiss Bank building. Today, the collection spans three floors and also includes works from masters like Cézanne, Monet, Matisse, Braque, Léger, and Miró. The art housed here is highly personal, because it was chosen and curated by passionate supporters of the artists themselves. Wandering through galleries of these works, you feel the Rosengarts' sensibility. It's not a corporate or sterile art environment: more a passionate love affair with paintings made public.