About the museum association’s collections

The Historical Collection of the museum association is largely due to the contribution in 1844 by the mayor and chronicler of Bruneck, Johann Nepomuk Tinkhauser. It includes important local religious works, especially from the late Gothic period (eg, the so-called Sonnenburger altar, works by Michael Pacher, Friedrich Pacher, Simon and Veit von Taisten and Master of Uttenheim) and the Baroque perioed (eg works by Paul Troger and Carl Henrici), and several portraits, landscapes and genre pictures from the 17th-19th century. Important to also mention are artworks such as a small Prehistoric bronze figure, a cup made of Murano glass, some woodcuts by Albrecht Dürer and the centerpiece of the book collection, the so-called "Sonnenburger Calendarium", a medical-astrological compilation from the years 1439 to 1746.

The bust of an angel on a keystone by Michael Pacher, originally from the church of Issing/ Issengo, has become a symbol of the museum. This is one of the earliest works of the painter, and was donated in 2004 to the museum association.

When the association was founded again in 1990, the collecting activity was resumed and focused mainly on the art in Tyrol from the 19th to 21st century and on a large variety of graphic works by local and international artists. Furthermore, the association has a bookplate collection (12,000 pieces) and the photographic collections of Ernst Mariner, the Kofler dynasty and others that offer an interesting cross section of 20th century photographic history.

From the 19th century original works like idyllic landscapes by the brothers Ignaz and Gottfried Seelos or a hallway view of Josef Moroder-Lusenberg from Gröden. The works from the first half of the 20th century range from the expressionism of Emil Nolde and Werner Berg to Cubo-Futurist Fortunato Depero and the new objectivity of Alexander Kanoldt. Artists such as the Stolz brothers, Alexander Koester, Carl Moser, Leo Putz, Hans Weber-Tyrol and Eduard Thöny provide a bridge to the regional environment with their works.

The post-1945 period includes works like the experimental color compositions and batik collage of Mili Schmalzl from Gröden, the fresh fashion drawings and portraits of Gina Thusek and façade designs and woodcuts of the 2011 deceased artist Heiner Gschwendt Klausner. Also interesting are the prints, ink drawings and etchings by Paul Flora and works on paper by Markus Vallazza, which are among the most famous South Tyrolean graphics.

Particularly noteworthy are the works of this second generation of artists who sought to break out during the difficult period of the post-war years from the cultural constraints of the traditional conservative-art climate of South Tyrol. Led by Hans Ebensperger and Karl Plattner, along with Peter Fellin, the movement brought a vision to the land with contemporary, artistic ideas and opened it to the European avant-garde.

In addition there are also works from nationally and internationally acclaimed artists from the German and Italian art world, which represent an ideal complement to the regional artistic expression. This includes well-known artists of the various non-representational trends as the versatile Bauhaus student Hans Joachim Breustedt, the energetic North German Siegward Sprotte and two Austrians, Karl Reiner Mostböck and Schiestl.

The contemporary Pustertal art scene is represented by artists such as Julia Bornefeld, Elfriede Gangl, Wilma Kammerer, Franz Kehrer, Annemarie Laner, Albert Mellauner, Linda Wolfsgruber and Armin Zingerle.

Translation by Barbara Taferner


Tinkhauser collection

01.Simon and Veit von Taisten, Sonnenburger altar, c. 1490 02.Friedrich Pacher, St. Catherine of Alexandria, 2nd half of the 15th century 03.Master of Uttenheim, SS. Peter and Andrew, c. 1470 04.Albrecht Dürer, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, 1498, woodcut 05.Paul Troger, The Martyrdom of St. Cassian, dat. 1753, oil on canvas 06.Johann Kupetzky, Self-portrait, c. 1700 07.Unknown artist, Fishing Putti, late 18th century, oil on canvas 08.Sonnenburger Calendarium, 1439-1746 09.Cup made of Murano glass with the representation of the Pietà and St. Francis of Assisi, early 16th centur 10.Orant with raised arms, bronze, c. 6th century BC

New collection

01.Emil Nolde, Ada Nolde, 1906, etching 02.Ernst Barlach, Cross- and coffin robbers, 1919, woodcut 03.Werner Berg, Requiescant, woodcut 04.Alexander Kanoldt, Geranium, 1922, lithograph 05.Leo Putz, Acrobat, winding through a hoop, chalk and pastel 06.Fortunato Depero, Portrait of a woman in costume, ink 07.Alois Kuperion, Landscape, 1955, mixed media 09.Karl Plattner, Winter in Obervinschgau, 1979, mixed media 10.Giselbert Hoke, Female nude, 1970, mixed media 11.Gina Thusek, Garden of candles, 1976, mixed media 12.Lieselotte Plangger-Popp, To Agnes Miegel‘s „Die Frauen von Nidden“, 1952, woodcut 13.Josef Schwarz, Abstract composition, 1974, mixed media 14.Paul Flora, Museum, ink drawing 15.Markus Vallazza, Goethe from the folder „Mein Parnass“, 1984, etching 16.Max Weiler, Untitled, 1993, screen printing 17.Hans Joachim Breustedt, Untitled, oil on cardboard 18.Aldo Schmid, Untitled, 1976, screen printing 19.Carlo Mattioli, Orpheus, 1988, etching and aquatint 20.Vittorio Matino, Africa brown, 1991, pastel 21.Alberto Giacometti, Untitled, lithograph 22.Joachim Albrecht, Untitled, screen printing 23.Michael Bauch, Untitled, 1986, etching 24.Alfred Manessier, Untitled, 1966, color lithograph 25.Martin Noel, Untitled, 1996, Holzdruck 26.Salvador Dalì, Para Bolaffiarte, 1972, color lithograph 27.Ott, Untitled, color woodcut 28.Rupprecht Geiger, Untitled, screen printing 29.Bookplate from the Hinterhuber collection 30.Bookplate from Japan 31.Pierre Boucher, La chute des corps, 1937, photomontage 32.El Lissitzky, The draughtsman, 1924, photomontage 33.Ernst Mariner, Hintergasse in Bruneck 34.Alois Kofler, Flood in Bruneck in 1882