The non-profitedGhisla art collection was establishedin April 2014, their intention was the create an artistic holding ofinternational value.
The collection has been created by the Ghislas, a husband-and-wifeteam, The collection is occupied in a futuristic building that hasjust been built as a project by the Moro & Moro architectural studio ofLocarno, the building was of the 40s and was refurbished and redesigned by FrankoMauro, the conversion led the art gallery to the closure of all window and thecontinuous covering of the façade with a ventilated insulating envelope. Thepool outside surrounding the building is a tribute to Locarno, lacustrine toLocarno distinct separation to the outside world. The new architecturalconnotation corresponds to the cultural function of the gallery overlooking theRusca Gardens in the urban heart of the city. Where some sculpture is part ofthe Ghisla art collection. Itis just located in the centre of the town just a few metres from the marina. (Anon,2007)after movingaway from Brussel to Locarno together they have been gathering perfectmasterpiece from the Pop Art, Arte Informale, Conceptual Art, Abstract Art andthe new Dada movements, Ghislas decided after forty years of collecting theywanted to share their contemporary art collection with the general public,The artworksin the Ghisla art collection are laid out in eight rooms over three floors. Their layout is not determined bychronological rigour or a division by the movements and trends that havecharacterised the art from the late 20th century up to today.
As you enter thegallery space, you will immerse yourself in the taste of Pierino and MartineGhisla collection, starting from 2016 the entire third floor of the building isdedicated to temporary exhibitions. Presenting works that are not part ofGhislas collection, the third floor is being occupied by artworks from emergingartists who are perhaps less well-known to the general public. Their approachhas been as though they were welcoming guests into their own home.(Ghisla Art Collection Locarno, 2017).
Their collection includedearlier stages of Pablo Picasso work; Plant Tropical VII 1948 also Roy Lichtenstein;Yellow Vase 1990. The Museum to scale 1/7 is not a model for an architecturalproject but a contemporary version of a Wunderkammer this was a for runner forwhat we now call a museum, it is a cabinet of art object or a display casewhich collectors used to cram full of curious items of all kinds from miniatureto fossils its dimension is also referred to the so called art chamber thegenre of painting that depicts room filled with artworks and other art objects asin the painting like David Teniers and the great tradition of the art book, thedifferences that’s here we are in the presence of original works the objectivewas to create a pragmatic portable museum that would closely involve the vieweras a contemporary variant of an educational pastime. The museum to scale elude to theplayful attitude with which Marcel Duchamp put all his output into LaBoîte-en-valise (Box in a suitcase), or the miniature he made of his nudedescending a staircase, for the famous dolls house gallery of his friend Carrie WalterStettheimer at the New York avant-garde at the 1920 which today still arousesso much curiosity and is an object of amazement. At the same time with an absolutely serious purposethe museum to scale offers the tranquillity and closeness which are essentialin experiencing art the paradox of dimension of scale exerts and amplifying an immediateeffect on the perception of the artwork by the viewers who’s attention isfocusing on their essence the viewers not only comprehend the visit but theytake pleasure from it without feeling confusion this large collection of smallworks also stimulate reflection on the roles and sizes of format in art thedistance between the idea and execution and the presentation of the artworksthe scenography of the scale museum which has over one hundred rooms wasconceive by the artist Wesley Meuris each of these spaces contain originalartworks paintings or complete installations by 85 contemporary Belgium artistsamong the best known to those that are known only to connoisseurs