The museum and the Elisarion pavilion are currently closed for renovation. The small exhibition in Casa Selma, however, is open to visitors.
Monte Verità was an alternative, vegetarian colony founded at the turn of the 20th century; unlike other similar places around the world, it can still be visited today. It retains many interesting remnants of its glorious past, when it gained almost legendary status in Europe and beyond, particularly in the artistic and intellectual milieus of the last century.
Today, Monte Verità offers visitors a wealth of opportunities to learn about its history:
The exhibition entitled Le mammelle della verità ("The Breasts of Truth"), created by Harald Szeemann in 1978, presents the documents, photographs and most important objects connected with the history of Monte Verità, which the curator gathered over a period of four years.
In future, the refurbished Museum on the history of Monte Verità in Casa Anatta will be open to visitors, presenting its original exhibition Le mammelle della verità
As part of the project for the refurbishment and reopening of the museum complex, Harald Szeemann's Mammelle della verità exhibition is being treated as an artistic installation. It is therefore being reassembled with the utmost respect for the original intentions of the curator, while adhering to the principles of cultural heritage conservation. Szeemann's exhibition, which was devised as a travelling show, is being restaged in such a way as to retain its "mobile" nature.
In preparation for this refurbishment operation, the 975 objects on display in Casa Anatta were catalogued in a database with detailed descriptions. During the preparation for the Montevisione project, the objects were subdivided into various categories, each of which will be handled with specific measures. The architectural renovation is being overseen by architects Carlo Zanetti and Gabriele Geronzi.
An exhibition to complement Szeemann's installation will be mounted in the free spaces available in Casa Anatta, Casa Selma, Casa dei Russi and the Elisarion. This exhibition will supplement and explore Szeemann's display (for example, by narrating the history of Casa Anatta), and provide details about Szeemann himself. It will act as an introduction and accompaniment given that Szeemann's installation, with its dense collection of materials, could prove intimidating for first-time visitors who know little or nothing about the subject matter. This additional exhibition must make clear to its audience why an exhibition from 1982 is being remounted in 2017.
The additional exhibition will feature a modern style which is completely different from that used by Szeemann, so as to avoid any confusion between the two. Screens, audio stations and multimedia presentations of documents will create a contrast to Szeemann's installation, providing a context for it and highlighting different elements. Given the exceptional wealth of materials in Szeemann's exhibition, only a small number of original objects will be displayed in cases; instead, the emphasis will be on multimedia elements.
Monte Verità is a place of extraordinary cultural significance. Few other places in the course of the 20th century played host to such a large number of alternative figures, artists, writers and dancers: they were drawn here by the mild climate and beautiful views of Lake Maggiore, in the hope of finding likeminded souls with whom they could share their artistic and spiritual journey.
This made Monte Verità a hub of energy for the mind and spirit; its atmosphere can still be felt today in the park, in the "air and light" cottages and in the hotel buildings. Later periods in the site's history also left their own remarkable legacy, most notably Emil Fahrenkamp's hotel and the exhibition curated by Harald Szeemann in the Casa Anatta museum (the latter is currently closed for renovation).