Tornielli Museum of Ameno
The Tornielli Museum of Ameno sits inside the palace of the same name. It is a space truly dedicated to encounters and study, an important civic center for the region where a unique synergy between art and culture thrives still today. Lo Spazio Museale (The Museum Space) includes temporary exhibits dedicated to contemporary art as well as a small permanent collection, temporary displays, workshops, educational laboratories, and conference rooms. Exhibits and events as well as guided tours, cultural encounters, and conferences are all organized within the museum. The museum also houses an information area that offers visitors relevant knowledge about the “Cuore Verde tra Due Laghi” (“Green Heart between Two Lakes”) region, a reference point within the attractive city fabric that serves the flow of tourism in the area. The Tornielli Museum offers tourists information on products, recommended itineraries, projects, and events.
There is a library on the ground floor which contains an important collection of books on art that are available thanks to the Macchi Luna fund. Lo Spazio Museale (The Museum Space) of the Tornielli Palace is managed by the Asilo Bianco Cultural Association in Ameno.
Civic Museum of Modern Art of Ascona
The Civic Museum of Modern Art of Ascona, situated in a beautiful late sixteenth-century palace that looks out onto Via Borgo, hosts the community’s permanent collection and serves as the seat for two foundations: the Marianne Werefkin Foundation and the Richard and Uli Seewald Foundation. The community collection was founded in 1922 when many artists arrived in Ascona and decided to donate their artwork with the goal of creating the Community Museum of Ascona. The museum hosts the Marianne Werefkin Foundation collection, which includes around 90 paintings and 170 sketchbooks, making up this artist’s most important collection. Werefkin was a key figure in the avant-garde movement connected to Il Cavaliere Azzurro (Der Blaue Reiter in German or The Blue Rider in English) and to L’Orsa Maggiore (Der Große Bär in German or The Great Bear in English) group. The Richard and Uli Seewald Foundation is also based at the museum. This foundation includes works created by the artist, who also served as a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and a later member of the Great Bear group. The collection’s main artists include Alexej Jawlensky, Paul Klee, Utrillo, Franz Marc, Hermann Hesse, Ben Nicholson, and Marino Marini.