Last days and farewell to the old Langmatt
On Sunday 10 December 2023, 15–18 hrs, the Museum Langmatt will celebrate its last day of opening with an Infinissage before the fifty Impressionists go on a European tour and all the furniture, paintings, chandeliers, books, ceramics, etc. are moved to external storage. This will be the final opportunity to visit the «old» Langmatt, enjoy a plate of warming risotto from the «Rostlaube» and raise a glass to the Grand Old Lady Langmatt. Admission is free.
Closure due to overall renovation
The Museum Langmatt and the park will remain closed until spring 2026 due to the overall renovation. Thanks to various events, you can experience the renovation-related changes to the Langmatt.
Day of the empty «old» Langmatt - Sunday, 25 February 2024, 14–18 hrs
After all the furniture and pictures, chandeliers and curtains, books and vases have been removed in January/February 2024, the completely emptied Langmatt offers the opportunity for a unique experience: how will the characteristic Langmatt atmosphere change everything has been removed? The day of the empty «old» Langmatt will be followed by a day of the empty «new» Langmatt at the beginning of 2026, so that the differences between before and after can be compared. Admission free.
Guided tours of the building site
What will happen behind the gates of Langmatt during the complete renovation? In 2024 and 2025, there will be various opportunities to visit the Langmatt as part of guided tours of the construction site. The exact dates depend on the progress of the renovation work. They will be published on our website at short notice and communicated via newsletter, Instagram, Facebook and Linkedin.
Workshops for school classes
The overall renovation offers ideal opportunities for school classes of all levels to discover a different Langmatt. Each construction phase offers specific and varied workshop content. Further information on the 2024 workshops in German and English and, at a later date, on the 2025 programmes can be found at langmatt.ch/schoolclasses.
Processual art projects
The artist Reto Boller, the artist duo Bigler/Weibel and the cartoonist Silvan Wegmann (SWEN) have been invited to Langmatt for long-term process-based art projects. Three different perspectives, generations and artistic media accompany and document the structural changes during the overall renovation. During this time, snapshots will be published on the museum's website and newsletter as well as on social media. The projects will culminate in three cabinet exhibitions to mark the reopening.
In 2024, a «Langmatt satellite» will land at the Historical Museum Baden: A display case in the exhibition rooms will present selected objects and archival material on various facets of the Langmatt.
During the closure period, the Impressionists will go on a European tour. This is the first time in its history that the collection will be presented outside of Baden. Three major museums will be showing around 50 of the most important Langmatt paintings:
Fondation de l'Hermitage, Lausanne
28 June–3 November 2024
Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Cologne
28 March–27 July 2025
Lower Belvedere, Vienna
25 September 2025–8 February 2026
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Painting sale – Future of the Museum Langmatt secured
Three paintings from the Museum Langmatt collection were sold at this year's 20th Century Art Evening Auction organised by Christie's in New York on 9th November 2023. The auction result totalled 40.32 million Swiss francs. In view of the set target of 40 million, this is a precision landing and a good result given the tense market environment. The proceeds can be used to reorganise the foundation's capital and secure the long-term future of the Museum Langmatt. The foundation and museum management are accordingly relieved.
To the auction recording
SRF-Kulturplatz at the Museum Langmatt
On 15 November 2023, SRF's «Kulturplatz» was all about the Langmatt. The topic: «How do you save a museum? About the existential rollercoaster of a small but extraordinary museum that is trying to save itself with a daring idea.»
On 18 June 2023, the people of Baden voted in favour of the city's contribution of 10 million Swiss francs to the overall renovation and restoration of the Langmatt Museum. This is a decisive contribution to maintaining this institution, which is important in terms of art and cultural history, and to enhancing its value for visitors through structural extensions. The Langmatt Foundation and Museum are very pleased with the outcome of 79.25 % 'yes' votes.
The overall renovation in 2024/25 will preserve and protect the enchanting 120-year-old villa with one of the most important private collections of French Impressionism in Europe and the publicly accessible park. In addition to the structural renovation, the foundation Langmatt must now raise CHF 40 million for its endowment fund, providing the necessary interest rates for the long-term future of the museum’s operation. To this end, the Foundation, together with Christie's, will auction one to three paintings in November 2023.
Appeal for donations for the overall renovation
In addition to the city of Baden and the canton of Aargau, the Langmatt Foundation is also contributing 3.19 million Swiss francs to the costs of the overall renovation - together with third parties such as municipalities and foundations, companies and private individuals. We need your support for this. Donate now!
A cinematic short portrait
To mark the museum's thirtieth anniversary, a short professional film about the Langmatt and its history was produced in cooperation with Seed Audio-Visual Communication AG. The idyllic park, the historic Art Nouveau villa and selected works from the art collection can be experienced in moving pictures for the first time. With fascinating tracking shots, the film answers the question of the Langmatt's "spirit" and identity.
Our visitors can watch the 8-minute film portrait in the specially equipped Langmatt cinema.
Here you can see the 2-minute short version (in German with English subtitles)
painting of the former caretaker's house
The painting of the former caretaker's house by Ash Keating portrayed by vernissage.tv.
Eine Frage, eine Antwort: Daraus entsteht ein Clip von maximal 60 Sekunden. Das Konzept des Online-Formats Kaleidoskop – Stimmen zum Gesamtkunstwerk Langmatt ist so einfach wie evident. Beginnend im Frühling 2022 und bis Ende 2023 kommen namhafte Persönlichkeiten aus Politik, Wirtschaft und Kultur zu Wort. Sie beantworten jeweils eine Frage zu Gegenwart und Zukunft des historischen Ensembles Langmatt und dessen Faszination.
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