WHERE ART MEETS THE MOUNTAINS
WINE ROADS, ARTISTS ATELIER, RENOVATE CASTLES
In South Tyrol and Trentino breathtaking nature and historic heritage meet the boldest experimentations of contemporary art and culture. Between the picturesque old centre of Bolzano and the grassy banks of the Talvera River, the MUSEION Museum with its cubic structure designed by Berlin architects KSV, sits an outstanding institution of Italian contemporary design. In an exclusive visit to Delle Nogare Foundation on the edge of town we will explore a true jewel of contemporary architecture hewn into the porphyry rock and a rare home-museum, boasting works of international acclaim from the 1960s to the present.
We will follow the steps of Werner Tscholl, the most radical and renowned master among South Tyrolean architects. Tscholl's wine cellar in Tramin, a daring construction of iron, concrete and glass, stands in contrast to a bucolic countryside backdrop. Just as in his refined project for Puni whisky distillery in Glurns, Tscholl reworks elements of rural architecture, wondrously producing one of the most stunning historical villages in Italy.
We will then dive into the world of Messner Mountain Museums, including MMM Firmian in Sigmundskron Castle, redesigned by Tscholl, a refined marriage of museum design and living historical record, and MMM Corones, designed by Zaha Hadid, located between Puster and Gader Valley, which contains breathtaking scenery.
Discovering the old centre of Brunek, we will then meet the charming Moessmer Tuchfabrik, the oldest industrial company in South Tyrol and one of the few textile companies still manufacturing in fully integrated production — from wool to high-quality fabrics -- moreover hosting the studio of internationally known artist Julia Bornefeld.
In Borgo Valsugana valley we will encounter Arte Sella Park, a unique creative project combining mountain nature with contemporary wood sculpture Most of the sculptures at Arte Sella are made with natural materials and have their own life cycles; they change with the seasons and will eventually decompose, returning themselves to the earth.