The the façade with a ventilated insulating envelope.

non-profited Ghisla art collection was established in April 2014, their
intention was to create an artistic holding of international value. The
collection has been created by the Pierino Ghislas and Martine Ghisla, a
husband-and-wife team.


collection is occupied in a futuristic building that has just been built as a
project by the Moro & Moro architectural studio of Locarno.

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The building
was of the 40s and was refurbished and redesigned by Franko Mauro, the
conversion led the art gallery to the closure of all window and the continuous
covering of the façade with a ventilated insulating envelope.

The building
is essentially a big cube covered by red wire mesh, surrounded by small channel
of water. The pool outside surrounding the building is a tribute to Locarno,
lacustrine to Locarno distinct separation to the outside world. “The new
architectural connotation corresponds to the cultural function of the gallery
overlooking the Rusca Gardens in the urban heart of the city.” (Moroemoro,
2007) Where some sculpture is part of the Ghisla art collection. “It is just
located in the center of the town just a few meters from the marina.”
(Corocher, 2018)


At aged 14,
Pierino Ghisla left Marolta in the Blenio Valley to stay with his uncle, who
owned a fruit and vegetable importing company in Brussels, Belgium. Pierino
Ghisla decided to stay in Brussels and only returning to Ticino during the

Ghisla Pursued to help and develop the fruit and vegetable company. This then
provided him with necessary funds to purchase his first painting.


Ghisla and his wife Martine decided to partner up and pursue this art
collection. After being totally captivated by a painting by French artist
Georges Mathieu. (Editore, 2018) puts it:


“However, we had to wait a few years before purchasing it
– says Ghisla – because we did not have the necessary funds. In the meantime,
we befriended the gallery owner who was selling it. After acquiring that first
painting for our collection – he continues – we fell in love with a work by
Christo and Jeanne-Claude, which my friend the gallery owner allowed us to buy
in exchange for several 19th-century works that we had at home. This marked the
beginning of this fantastic adventure.”


After over
thirty years of collecting, Ghisla has decided to present their collection of
works, creating an exhibition space open to the public. Ghisla decided that
opening the space in the city of Locarno instead of in other cities in
Switzerland or abroad. Ghisla, P. (2017) because:


“Being Ticinese, we have chosen to return to this region
to experience retirement. Withdrawing to Ticino, we brought the collection to
Locarno. We do not aspire to fame, we are quite happy to contribute with a
little stone to the cultural panorama of the region.”


Together they
have been gathering perfect masterpiece from the Pop Art, Arte Informale,
Conceptual Art, and the neo-Dada movements.

foundation does intend to set up collaborations with other cultural institutions
but his main priority of the gallery was at first to showcase his collection.
“we are open to suggestions and collaborations. In this first moment, we try
above all to as they say.” Ghisla, (2017) PDP Report
Rattanapakdee, R, 28 December.


“The artworks
in the Ghisla art collection are laid out in eight rooms over three floors.”
(Ghisla Art Collection Locarno, 2017).

Three out of
the eight exhibition-rooms are dedicated to temporary exhibits that add to the
private collection.


As you enter the gallery space, you will immerse yourself
in the taste of Pierino and Martine Ghisla collection. Their layout was not
determined by a specific thematic but as Pierino Ghisla explains: “it was
actually my wife and myself who wished to create the setting, based on our own
taste and intuition as if we were displaying the works in our own home and not
in a public place.” (Editore, 2018)


Every year
during the winter season from January to March the gallery is closed and partly
being renewed by some of his other collection that may not have been shown
during the opening and for new projects/programmes for the temporary exhibition
to be planned out.


current temporary exhibition in 19th March 2017 until 7th January 2018 The
Museum to scale 1/7. The scenography of the scale museum which has over one
hundred rooms conceived by the artist Wesley Meuris as well and curated by
Ronny Van De Velde, each of these spaces contain original artworks paintings or
complete installations by 85 contemporary Belgium artists among the best known
to those that are known only to connoisseurs.


“Locarno is a
tourist area and we must be aware of this context.” Says Ghisla, (2017) PDP
Report Rattanapakdee, R. 28 December.

Locarno is
recognized worldwide for its International Film Festival, the biggest cultural
event in Switzerland and one of the most important ones in Europe. With this in
mind, the Ghisla Art Collection can broaden their foundation to many tourists
who visit Locarno.


The foundation
does not operate on an international level they mainly exhibit activities in


The main objective for the next few years is to integrate
into the territory, make ourselves known and increase the visibility of our
activities. We would also like to find additional sponsors who can help us and
support our exhibition program. We also do not exclude the possibility of
hosting exhibitions and events created by third parties. For example, we have
had the pleasure of hosting the opening ceremony of the first event of the
Locarno Film Festival entitled “The image and the word”, dedicated to
the relationship between the moving image and the written word. Ghisla, (2017)
PDP Report Rattanapakdee.R 28 December.


foundation has many various supports for example; UBS, Nationale Suisse,
Belotti Otticaudito, Besfid and for their non-exhibition supporters; MEK
Impresa Di Pittura and Migros Percento Culturale. (Ghisla Art Collection
Locarno, 2018). So, the gallery is not an investment or for trading purposes, it
is purely for pleasure, fun, and dream. To be able to share their private


The Ghisla
Art Collection is unique in many ways. One of the most surprising discoveries
was that the gallery is managed by a married couple and one staff member, while
being able to connect with other galleries in the region and artist
internationally, to curate one of their temporary exhibitions.


galleries are an essential part of the Locarno art ecosystem. They are
passionate about the art and artists, Ghisla has managed a way to resource and
investment, and support needed to run their business. While not being involved
with the high-end art market, and clearly understand how to run a small gallery
and its importance in supporting the big artist and emerging artist.