Ernst Ludwig Kirchner moved from Germany to Davos in 1917, in the hope of overcoming his tablet addiction. The expressionist spent the last 20 years of his life painting in the Graubünden mountains. His works are today admired in the Kirchner Museum - a highly regarded construction by the architects Gigon / Guyer.
In a worthy setting, the construction by the Zurich architects Annette Gigon and Mike Guyer is home to the impressive collection since 1992. The more than 1,400 works by the German expressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner are staged in four cubes; connected by a branched and bright foyer. The simple, crystalline building ingeniously embraces the surrounding countryside that so greatly influenced the artist.
Kirchner spent the last 20 years of his life in Davos. Here he overcame his tablet addiction and after a yearlong break once again began to paint. It was in Davos that Kirchner developed his unmistakable style - constantly representational but noticeably flat. The painter put an end to his life in 1938 at 58 years of age, the motives for which are still speculated today.