Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein: Morger Degelo Kerez Architects
There can be no lovelier work that is simultaneously a symbol of the beginning of a new century than the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein. Precisely since nearly every executive body in our country was involved in the realization of this work, it represents a unique symbol of and monument to unity, conciliation, and hope. From a political and cultural-political point of view, museums are of absolute necessity to a country. They lend identity and give out positive energy. From my whole heart I wish that the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein will become a place for meeting and remeeting; a place of identification with works of art and cultural values; a place for people from far and wide to make acquaintance and exchange experience; a place of reference, of comparison, of differentiation; a place of culture, education, and the cultivated association with each other.
In its fascinating facade, the art museum mirrors not only the buildings that surround it. It is also a symbol of Liechtenstein's history and a mirror of Liechtenstein's present. Simultaneously, it embodies the age and the youth of this country. The country is old and possesses great treasures and values from an era when Liechtenstein was still bitterly poor. The art museum and the history of its development symbolize the success and recognition of Liechtenstein's economic circles which have led the country to monetary success. As art patrons they leave a cultural program for the generations of the coming century. Exhibition exponents will cover the works of old masters and contemporary artists. The collections of the Princes of Liechtenstein are reminiscent of the historic relationship between country and dynasty 300 years ago and the birth of a country defined as a constitutional hereditary monarchy on a democratic and parliamentary basis. The young national collection bears witness to the increasing effort undertaken to document the place of culture and art in the country's understanding of itself.
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