Nicolas Party





Nicolas Party, Rocks, 2014, Soft pastel on canvas,The Collection of Donald Porteous, Photo by: Michael Wolchover © Nicolas Party

From 27 June 2021 to 9 January 2022, the Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana presents “Rovine” (Ruins), the first major monographic exhibition of Nicolas Party (Lausanne, 1980) ever to be displayed in a museum in Europe. This immersive project allows the artist to give life to a rather uncanny universe, complete with bold contrasts of colour, enveloping architectural forms, and startling trompe l’oeil decorations. Against this backdrop, his magnetic artworks are staged: large site-specific murals, intriguing polychrome sculptures and luminous pastel paintings.


  • Piazza Bernardino Luini 6, 6900 Lugano
  • Tue / Wed / Fri: 11 am – 6 pm
    Thurs: 11 am – 8 pm
    Sat / Sun / Public Holidays: 10 am – 6 pm
    Mon: closed
  • Full price: CHF 20.–/Reduced: CHF 16.–/Ticino Ticket/IoInsegno: CHF 14.–


Nicolas Party Rovine


The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by Scheidegger & Spiess and Edizioni Casagrande, featuring contributions by Tobia Bezzola, Michele Robecchi and Francesca Bernasconi. All the artworks on display have been photographed on site and are reproduced in the publication, along with views of the installation which reveal the exhibition concept as a whole; the catalogue will be vailable during the month of July.

Graphic design by Studio Marie Lusa

Trilingual edition (Italian, English, German).