Museum of the Month

Stadtmuseum Klausen


Frag 1 . Via Fraghes 1
39043 Klausen . Chiusa BZ

Tel. + Fax 0472 846148


The art collection of the Museum of Chiusa/Klausen is located in the former Capuchin monastery, which was endowed by Queen Maria Anna of Spain (1667-1740). It includes the unique Treasure of Loreto with its precious single pieces of art from all over Europe. The Klausner Art Colony (1874-1914) is another key aspect of our permanent exhibition with a focus on the most significant representativeAlexander Koester (1864 - 1932).Apart from the works of the museum are also shown some from the Dr. Hans and Hildegard Koester Foundation e.V Dortmund.

The museum gallery offers a varied range of artwork, hosting five special exhibitions per year and the tour through the museum also includes a visit to the baroque Capuchin church.




The Treasure of Loreto goes back to an endowment around 1700 by Queen Maria Anna of Spain (1667-1740) in response to a request by her confessor, Father Gabriel Pontifeser. 

At his request, the Queen had the Capuchin monastery built in Chiusa/Klausen and stocked with valuable gifts. Her husband and the nobles at the Spanish soon followed her example. The Treasure’s paraments (altar cloths), religious objects, paintings and other pieces of art mostly come from the workshops of Spanish and Italian artists of the 16th and 17thcentury. One of the showpieces of the collection is the field altar of King Charles II.




Alexander Koester (Bergneustadt/Rhineland 1864 - Munich 1932) is considered to be one of the most significant representatives of the Klausner Art Colony (1874-1914). Few artists' names are as inextricably linked to this city as his own.

After graduating from the Academy in Munich, Koester first came to Chiusa/Klausen during a study tour in 1891. Here, he would later meet his future wife, Isabella, daughter of the "Lamm" innkeeper George Kantioler. From 1896 to 1915, he lived and worked in this picturesque town at the Isarco/Eisack river, built a villa, a studio and ran a summer workshop in Munich from 1898. Koester's years in Klausen constituted his most creative period, during which he discovered his favourite subject, the duck, and a passion for scenic water landscapes. In 1915 he moved to Munich and later changed his place of residence to Diessen in 1925.



Chiusa/Klausen rose to become the "city of artists" in the late '70s of the 19thcentury due to an incisive event in literature and history: the Vogelweide farm in nearby Lajener Ried was discovered to be the presumable birthplace of minnesinger Walther von der Vogelweide.


This was the time when Chiusa/Klausen flourished as a meeting point for artists. The city's rustic appearance and homey ambience transformed it into one unique open-air workshop. Chiusa/Klausen's appeal has been immortalized in a nearly endless number of artworks. From 1874 - 1920 alone close to 300 painters and sculptors stayed in Chiusa/Klausen.




The Museum of Chiusa/Klausen hosted several exhibitions focussing on the representatives of the Klausner Art Colony and their works. Special exhibits by renowned local and international artists were held as well. Particular attention was and is paid to the young, emerging talents. 




The Capuchin monastery, the church, the Loreto chapel and the famous treasure were endowed by Queen Maria Anna from Spain. Church and monastery were built between 1699 and 1701. The church is consecrated to the St. Felix of Cantalice and the altarpieces of both main and side altar were created by Lombard painter and engraver Paolo Pagani (1655-1716). The first altarpiece of one side altar was created by an unknown artist of assumingly local origin, while the second is attributed to the Lombard painter Stefano Maria Legnani (1661-1713). 


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Opening times


End of March – Beginning of November: 

Tues – Sat, 9.30 – 12 a.m., 3.30 – 6 p.m.

Sunday, Monday, 25.4., 1.5., 2.6., 15.8. and 1.11. closed

Site Plan Chiusa / Klausen