Collezione Olgiati
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A Collection in Progress

A corpus of more than 500 works including paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, installations, videos and artists’ books.


The City of Lugano has made arrangements with the collectors Giancarlo and Danna Olgiati for more than 200 works belonging to their Collection to be stored in the underground rooms of Central Park. The warehouse, which is a temporary exhibition area at the same time, is called "-1".
The Convention regulating the storage of the Olgiati Collection provides for this artistic patrimony to be available, from now on, for the exhibitions of the MASI Museo d'Arte della Svizzera italiana. The works will also be available for exchanges with other museums for temporary exhibitions.
The collectors believe that the City of Lugano, with the new MASI, resulting from the union of the two local museums, could become the natural successor of the entire collection.
In tune with a tradition that is deep-rooted in Switzerland, the project builds a solid and constructive relationship between public institutions and private collectors.


Each year, with every new exhibition Spazio -1 hosts a new installation of the Collezione Olgiati. The choice of works, some of which are already known to the public, along with others acquired more recently, allow viewers to envision the points of contact between the contents and the temporary exhibition, in addition to manifesting the ongoing desire of the collectors to create a conversation between works from the historical avant-gardes and contemporary ones. 

The installation developing in the rooms subsequent to How Evil Is Pop art? includes an entire section devoted to the artist Carla Accardi, with works from different periods illustrating her experiments in abstract art. The use of industrial materials in her work is related to the material research of Alighiero Boetti and the Conceptual reflections of Giulio Paolini, on view in the adjacent rooms. Similar analogies follow: in the irreverent use of the photographic medium by Francesco Vezzoli and Franco Vaccari, as well as in the monochromatic works by Yves Klein and Anish Kapoor, whose "everyday" objects take on chromatic symbologies brimming with illusory cross-references. On display, among others, are works by the New York artist Paul Chan – winner of the Hugo Boss Prize 2014 - and by the Swiss artist Fabrizio Giannini, exhibited at Spazio -1 for the first time, as well as those of several representatives of the Neo Pop generation: Wade Guyton, Jim Lambie, Jonathan Monk e Kelley Walker. 

Carla Accardi / Giovanni Anselmo / Arman / Giacomo Balla / Alighiero Boetti / Pier Paolo Calzolari / Paul Chan / Ettore Colla / Fortunato Depero / Jean Dubuffet / Luciano Fabro / Fabrizio Giannini / Douglas Gordon / Antony Gormley / Mark Grotjahn / Wade Guyton / Guyton-Walker / Emilio Isgrò / Anish Kapoor / Anselm Kiefer / Yves Klein / Jannis Kounellis / Jim Lambie / Liz Larner / Alberto Magnelli / Christian Marclay / Jonathan Monk / Giulio Paolini / Giuseppe Penone / Gianni Piacentino / Michelangelo Pistoletto / Enrico Prampolini / Sterling Ruby / Jan Schoonhoven / Rudolf Stingel / Giuseppe Uncini / Franco Vaccari / Francesco Vezzoli / Danh Vō / Kelley Walker / Christopher Wool