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Press release - Reopening of the Palazzo Reali venue

On 12 May 12, 2020, the Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana’s Palazzo Reali venue reopens to the public, in accordance with current sanitary measures and social-distancing rules, with artworks from the Collection and the Shunk-Kender. Art Through the Eye of the Camera (1957-1983) exhibition, which is extended until September 20, 2020.

Following the Federal Council’s announcement concerning the relaxation of the measures taken against the spread of coronavirus as from 11 May 2020, the Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana has decided to reopen its Palazzo Reali venue on 12 May 2020. In order to enable safe access to the Shunk-Kender. Art Through the Eye of the Camera (1957-1983) exhibition and to the spaces dedicated to the permanent Collection, protective measures have been taken on the basis of the official guidelines and recommendations issued by the Swiss Museums Association (AMS) in accordance with ICOM Switzerland:

-         Access to the museum will be regulated in accordance with social-distancing rules and managed by a guided route that will accompany visitors through the exhibition spaces. Security personnel will be stationed in the various rooms in order to regulate the presence of visitors based on the room’s defined capacity

-         Hygienic, cleaning and sanitising devices will be increased on each floor and the ticket office will be provided with a protective Plexiglas structure

A detailed list of all the regulations is available at:

In order to avoid potential crowding inside the exhibition spaces, special opening hours will be planned, resulting in longer visiting times. The extended opening hours will be from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and until 8 p.m. every first Thursday of the month, with free entrance from 5 to 8 p.m.

The exhibition dedicated to the photographer duo Harry Shunk and Janós Kender, which was scheduled to end on June 14, 2020, will remain open to the public until September 20, 2020, thanks to a special agreement with the Centre Pompidou (Paris).

Exhibitions at both the LAC venue and the Giancarlo and Danna Olgiati Collection are suspended until further notice, along with art-education activities.

Reopening of Palazzo Reali
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