Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana (MASILugano)


The Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana (MASI Lugano) is the product of the unification of the Museo Cantonale d’Arte and Museo d’Arte, both these public institutions have been active in the city of Lugano for many decades. The unification project between the two institutions was initiated in order to respond to the new development requirements of the museums which, since 2012, have been working under a common artistic direction.


MASI is entrusted with the unified management of all the works belonging to both the Canton’s and the City of Lugano’s collections.

The Canton’s collection is mainly comprised of pieces from the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries, but also includes several highly significant incursions into earlier centuries, particularly major Ticinese artists who were active in the region or Italy, such as Giovanni Battista Discepoli, Pier Francesco Mola and Giuseppe Antonio Petrini, for example. The collection also includes pieces by artists from Italy and other countries who have played a leading role within the modern and contemporary history of art, including, to name just a few, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Gabriel Orozco, Rineke Dijkstra, and Thomas Struth.

The City of Lugano’s collection of artworks numbers some 8,000 pieces, including paintings, works on paper and sculptures. It consists mainly of works by artists from Ticino, from the Seventeenth Century until today.

Museum's Exhibitions

Postal address
Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana, Lugano
Piazza Bernardino Luini 6
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