Rosengart Collection

Inge Keller-Hoehl, Feldbach/Schweiz

How Miró came to "Mirogard"

Lucerne has a new museum called the Rosengart Collection. It features well over 200 paintings, watercolors and sketches produced by outstanding Impressionist and Classic Modern artists. These invaluable works are protected by anti-reflective “Mirogard” glass.

Until recently Angela Rosengart was widely unknown in the Swiss public. The 70-year-old art dealer led a quiet life in Lucerne.

All that suddenly changed this spring, when the art collector became a darling of the media. The reason for this radical change in the life of Angela Rosengart was the opening of a museum in Lucerne with her private collection of magnificent artwork. The ground floor of the exhibition with a total area of 1,300 square meters is reserved for Pablo Picasso and features 33 paintings and 15 sketches. A Paul Klee exhibition is on the lower level, and works from Joan Miró, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Pierre Bonnard, Amedeo Modigliani, Georges Braque, Wassily Kandinsky and Fernand Léger are displayed on the first floor.

A friendship with Picasso

“My second life as a star has begun,” said Angela Rosengart with a grin alluding to the numerous interviews she has given in recent months. She personally shows visitors around the museum, and one can see that this is her métier. It brings back memories. She was friends with Picasso. Together with her father, Siegfried Rosengart, she visited him more than 50 times, and the Spanish artist painted five portraits of her. For decades, the Rosengarts were among the few people who had direct access to Picasso and his work.

Barely visible, but highly functional

Precious artwork needs high-quality and effective protection. For this reason, the art dealer chose “Mirogard,” anti-reflective glass produced by SCHOTT Spezialglas AG, Standort Grünenplan. Jürg Willen, who framed the masterpieces, has repeatedly seen visitors touch the pictures to check whether they are really behind glass. And Angela Rosengart herself, who also helped with the framing, had to tap at the artwork to be sure that they were already behind glass. She is particularly enthusiastic about a painting by Klee, which used to be framed behind standard diffused glass. With the help of “Mirogard,” the “lively colors” of the painting now radiate again.

Angela Rosengard walks through the museum almost every day. “My apartment is practically empty,” she admits, “so I now come here.” With her vivacious eyes, youthful personality and energy, she seems much younger than she is. Nor do her advanced years appear to influence her daily routine. She continues to work as an art dealer, visits auctions, receives customers and takes care of correspondence – that is, as long as the journalists allow her to get on with her life away from the spotlight.