m.a.x. museo





Inauguration: Saturday 04.02.2017, 4.30 pm
Exhibition curated by: Stefano Ferrari and Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini

The exhibition pays homage to one of the most refined scholars of classical culture – a fascinating figure and the father of the modern discipline of art history – by rediscovering his fundamental printed work titled “Monumenti antichi inediti”. It also presents all the splendid illustrations contained in the 2-volume first edition of 1767. This was an immense undertaking, with a vision that was absolutely innovative for its day.
The exhibition also presents 2 preparatory manuscripts, 20 engraved copperplates, 14 proof prints, 5 engraved portraits, 2 oil paintings, 1 painting never exhibited before, 46 antique books and 3 precious relics from the MANN-Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples: a gem with Jupiter striking down the giants with a thunderbolt, a marble bas-relief with Paris and Aphrodite, and a fresco of Pompeii with the Trojan horse.
The exhibition has been inserted by the prestigious Winckelmann-Gesellschaft of Stendal (the author’s home town) in the calendar of the Jubilee 2017 to mark the third centenary of Winckelmann’s birth. It enjoys the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and is promoted in collaboration with the MANN-Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples, which will host the second stage of the integrated project, within the framework of the strategic strand of “The MANN in the World”.

Collateral events

Public Lecture

Stefano Ferrari
co-curator and vice president of the Accademia Roveretana degli Agiati
“Winckelmann e la fortuna critica dei Monumenti antichi inediti”

in collaboration with the circle “CULTURA, insieme” of Chiasso
In the Foyer of the Cinema Teatro in Chiasso
admission free
Sunday 4.02.2017, 6.30 pm

Free guided tour

Sunday 5.02.2017, 3 pm
admission free

followed by a Beethoven concerts at the Cinema Teatro in Chiasso at 5 pm
Ticket to the Cinema Teatro

Guided tours for groups

visite guidate per associazioni, gruppi e scolaresche
su prenotazione

Mothers, Fathers and Babies

guided tour for families with babies, plus strollers and prams
to mark Father’s Day

Sunday, 19.03.2017, at 10.30 am
CHF 5.- (reduced entry ticket)
with non-alcoholic aperitif

Educational workshops for children and adults


Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 3 pm–5 pm
1. “Self-portraits for kids!”
Have you ever wondered how the great artists painted self-portraits?
Taking inspiration from the works on display, we will try to create our own self-portraits.


Wednesday, 5 April, 2017, 3 pm–5 pm
2.  ”Let’s print a book”
With the use of a press and the right materials we can print a book.
The theme can vary from a portrait to architecture. It’s your choice!


Friday 21 April 2017, 2 pm-5 pm (during the Easter holidays)
3. “Neoclassical architecture”
Many works on display exhibit architecture built to the canons of classical works. We try to discover them together and copy them into the m.a.x. museo’s galleries by the art of drawing.


Bookings required


CHF 10.- (children), CHF 15.- (adults)

Educational workshops for schools

booking required


Free guided tour

Saturday 6.05.2017 at 10 am
With admission charge to the museum

Association of friends of the m.a.x. museo

“Trip to Naples”
Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25.06.2017
for the inauguration of the Winckelmann exhibition at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples
– visit to the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples
– visit the neoclassical collection of the Real Casa Borbonica
and Princess Carolina’s personal library
– visit the Museum of the Royal Site of Portici
– visit the historic centre of Naples, “Spaccanapoli” and subterranean Naples
by plane
Bookings required

by Saturday 15 April 2017