Over the last few years the Kunstmuseum Luzern has left an imprint by putting on a series of exhibitions featuring prominent contemporary artists such as Candida Höfer (2014) and collection shows such as «Ins Offene! Landschaftsdarstellungen von Robert Zünd und Ferdinand Hodler bis Max von Moos» (2014). Ever since the 1970s the museum’s increasingly international and contemporary trend in exhibition activities has become reflected in the collection, which today still has its emphasis on art from Switzerland, particularly from central Switzerland. One of the museum’s main objectives is to broadly document artistic positions «that bear relevance to our present day and age». Acquisitions are seen as acts of «securing evidence» and help to define and highlight core themes of the collection. This also pertains to the acquisition of three films by Rolf Winnewisser (b. 1949) who is already represented in the collection with paintings and works on paper. After training as a graphic designer at the Lucerne School of Art and Design, Winnewisser focused on his art work, which was, among other venues, also shown at the Documenta 5 (1972). Work from this era includes the film Venedig (1976), while Bildentstehung (1981 - 1985) and Dekaphonie (2006) are from later periods. In 2008 the Aargauer Kunsthaus put on a large retrospective show for this highly gifted and award-winning artist.
The Foundation Board awards a project grant of CHF 25000 for the acquisition of these works by Rolf Winnewisser, thus also appreciating the museum’s commitment to document the work of contemporary artists in Switzerland.