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Heights of creativity: a rich cultural landscape


Heights of creativity: a rich cultural landscape

The Engadin boasts the third-greatest concentration of galleries in Switzerland, and its art scene rivals those of the major cities. The walk from one exhibition venue to the next is pure pleasure, too: the scenic setting is as stimulating and inspiring as the art itself.

In 2016, the renowned auction house Sotheby’s sold an oil painting by the celebrated Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler. “Lake Champfèr” shows the sublime view from Silvaplana over the sparkling blue Lake Champfèr and up to the dramatic Piz Padella. The view may be priceless, but the magnificent picture changed hands for CHF 2.17 million.

Source of inspiration: «Lake Champfèr»

“Lake Champfèr”

Many other artists alongside Hodler appreciated the exceptional landscapes and the special quality of light in the Engadin, including Cuno Amiet, Alberto Giacometti, Wilhelm F. Burger and Emil Nolde. Giovanni Segantini even chose to make the Engadin his home, spending his final years here. So it is not surprising that one of the most comprehensive collections of his work can be seen in the Engadin: at the Segantini Museum in St. Moritz. As Segantini lay dying high above the valley floor, his final words were “Voglio vedere le mie montagne” (I want to see my mountains); he then closed his eyes and passed away. On his deathbed he was painted by no less an artist than his friend Giovanni Giacometti, who also spent a lot of time in the Engadin.

Hotspot for art and history

The Engadin is not only a popular subject for works of art and a place of inspiration, in recent years it has also grown into a hotspot for international art. Renowned international galleries have opened branches in the Engadin to the delight of locals and holidaymakers who enjoy fine art. The gallery Hauser & Wirth, for example, added St. Moritz to its locations in December 2018 – alongside New York, Hong Kong and London. The Engadin’s cultural scene also includes a variety of museums devoted to the region’s history and culture. A fine example is the fascinating Museum Engiadinais, whose 21 exhibition rooms explore lifestyle and living conditions in the Engadin and neighbouring regions over 500 years.

Museums, galleries, exhibitions

Art experts agree: the Engadin is the new hotspot on the international cultural map. See what is making them so excited!

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Berry Museum, St. Moritz
Village tours

Get acquainted with the stories of the villages by local guides, visit the sights and experience «la vita engiadinaisa» (Engadine life).

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Art Public Plaiv - Art in public spaces

"Art Public Plaiv" is a project designed to showcase contemporary art in public spaces in the region of "La Plaiv

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Art Public Plaiv - Art in public spaces
Special exhibition at the Segantini Museum

«We have to admit that the portrait is the most sophisticated in the artistic and pictorial» - Giovanni Segantini

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Giovanni Segantini as master of the portrait