The Kunstmuseum Luzern draws its self-image both from its acknowledged, historically developed position as the leading institution of visual art in Central Switzerland, and from its location in the internationally respected architecture of Jean Nouvel’s Culture and Congress Centre Lucerne (KKL). From this comes not only the responsibilities assumed by the institution, but also the standard of quality required for its work and its content.
In the national museum landscape, Kunstmuseum Luzern has established itself above all with an internationally regarded exhibition program focusing on contemporary art, comparable to similarly-sized institutions.
The purposes of the Museum’s exhibitions is to show important attitudes and examples of contemporary art in a committed and consistent way. A deliberate interplay takes place between regional and national or international art, and in a way that involves already established positions. The collection is to be given as permanent a presence as possible, in changing forms, within the exhibition program, and thus to act as a complement, contrast or historic backdrop to the other exhibits as the occasion demands. At the same time the Kunstmuseum is also a place of contemplation, regeneration and enjoyment, and a meeting-place. The engagement with the original and with current discourse about art, as well as encounters with other people, are an integral component of the exhibition activity.
The Kunstmuseum plays an important part in the cultural life of the region. It contributes to its cultural identity, adopts a position on current issues and establishes connections with other institutions and partners. Consequently Kunstmuseum Luzern performs an important service in the public interest.