Villa Abegg – The Founders’ Private Home is now a Museum Guided Tours by Appointment, Daily from 28 April to 10 November 2024

When the Abegg-Stiftung was founded in 1961, Werner and Margaret Abegg already had plans to open their home to the public at some future date. In both period and theme, the Villa Abegg was intended to complement and augment the institute’s collections. Architecturally, the villa completed in the late 1960s follows the North Italian Baroque, as represented by the school of Filippo Juvara (1678 – 1736). The formal gardens and fountains belong to a similar tradition. The reception rooms on the ground floor are appointed with historical wall panelling, chandeliers and furniture, and decorated with paintings, sculpture and tableware. The Villa Abegg nevertheless retains the character of an inhabited home that visitors may visit, rather like invited guests, in small groups only.
Every year, these guided tours of the villa single out a different work of art or group of objects for attention.

Goblet in the shape of an owl This drinking vessel with a removable head was made in southern Germany in the sixteenth century. It once belonged to Maximilian von Goldschmidt-Rothschild in Frankfurt am Main. His collection of applied art was one of the most important of its kind in Germany at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Renaissance furniture and works of art The dimensions of the “Renaissance Room” containing furniture, paintings, sculpture and fine craftsmanship from the fifteenth and sixteenth century were defined by the Spanish painted wooden ceiling dating from c. 1500.

Spacious Entrance Hall The interior architecture of the hall in Northern Italian Baroque style quotes the grand staircase of Palazzo Madama in Turin. The inlaid marble floor finds its model below the arcades of the Doge’s Palace in Venice.

Memories of Venice Painted Venetian commodes, tables and chairs revive the eighteenth century. The furniture of this room also includes a mirror and a chandelier of coloured glass.