Art Trails | Vias d'art Pontresina 2023

6th edition

24 June to 19 October 2023


Kunstwege | Vias d'art Pontresina, along with Arte Bregaglia and Art Safiental, are among the most important exhibitions of contemporary art in public spaces in the canton of Grisons. After 5 exhibitions in Pontresina in the summer of 2008, 2011, 2014, 2017 and 2020, the new project ventured out into the landscape of the Bernina region. 16 artists from all linguistic regions of Switzerland, as accomplished representatives of installative art, have been invited by the organiser, Pontresina Cultura, to formulate their works on locations in public space. The theme "Rethink Destinations" is ostensibly aimed at the notion of destination on the one hand, with the invitation to rethink travel or destination on the other. This is a theme that has become more and more prominent during the pandemic and the apparent change in our environment. The theme not only opened up a view of the activity of mobile people, but also a view of global developments, of the need to stop at a waypoint and rethink the direction of travel. The exhibition organisers are looking back to another significant art project in public space.

Exhibiting artists

Badel | Sarbach
Alan Bogana
Karin Karinna Bühler
Markus Bürgi
Gianin Conrad
Pawel Ferus
frölicher | bietenhader
Gilles Furtwängler
Yvo Hartmann
Tarik Hayward
Catrin Lüthi K
Boris Rebetez
Ines Marita Schärer
Annina Thomann
Corsin Vogel
Wiedemann | Mettler

Exhibition 2023
"Rethink Destinations"

The Art Trails | Vias d'Art 2023 ran along the UNESCO World Heritage Line of the Rhaetian Railway. The exhibition space for contemporary art stretched from the Engadine over the Bernina to the Val Poschiavo. Installations could be seen at 11 railway stations from Punt Muragl to Cavaglia. In Pontresina, the centre of the exhibition, another 14 works could be visited. The art trail "Rethink Destinations" showed works by 20 Swiss artists at a total of 32 locations. In addition, numerous satellite projects were taking place this summer: The exhibition/performance "hidden traces" by Silvia Buol, "Gallaria 2008-2023", "Kunst-Handwerk-Pontresina", "Artist Corner", "Village Memory", "Artist Talk & Performances".

Review of the exhibition

A successful exhibition is now coming to a close. It is only in the dialogue between the great themes of life and the more mundane reality of our everyday lives, between global thinking and local action, that the productive field of tension of art develops. Above all, the great commitment of the 20 artists of this year's Kunstwege| Vias d'art Pontresina, their willingness to engage in something new and challenging, has contributed to this beautiful success. There were many encounters that stimulated reflection on mobility and art, on the familiar and the foreign, on the artificial and the authentic. Many of the works on display will have found a place in the memory or heart of the visitors.

The works invited us to stop, to think - to reconsider - to pause - in fact, to "Rethink Destinations".  The possibilities to explore the art trails this summer were manifold and offered not only multifaceted modern art but also an unforgettable nature experience.

See you soon in Pontresina

Pontresina Cultura

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Opening hours and safety
The art exhibition is open throughout. Admission is free. For the artworks on the RhB line, please follow the timetable. Be aware of your safety when visiting the exhibition at stations and stops. Keep your distance from railway installations and cross the tracks only at designated places.

Getting there
Bus/train: It is best to travel conveniently by public transport to the Punt Muragl stop. From there you can visit the art trails on foot, by bike, or by train, in some cases with the Engadin Bus or the Postbus as a hop-on hop-off tour.
Car: The following public car parks are available: Pontresina village car parks "Rondo" and "Mulin", Bellavita Erlebnisbad & Spa car park. Bernina Line car parks Punt Muragl, Pontresina railway station, Morteratsch, Diavolezza, Lagalb and Ospizio Bernina.

Exhibition booklet
The free exhibition brochure with detailed information on the respective art objects is available at all locations and at the Tourist Information Pontresina.

Digital visitor guide and distances

Find all information about distance and duration by train, bike or on foot directly below the map. The route to the artworks is signalled near the locations along the Bernina line. In addition, the entire exhibition can be visited accompanied by a digital and audio guide.

To the Digital - Audio - Guide


Walking | Hiking | Hop-on Hop-off | Geocaching
The works of art in the village can be discovered on an easy-to-walk village tour. Wheelchair accessible.
Bernina Line: The art objects between Punt Muragl and Cavaglia can be walked along Switzerland Mobil Tour No. 53. It is recommended to visit the exhibition as a "hop-on hop-off" tour by train or bus. The train departs hourly in both directions - last connection from Cavaglia to Pontresina is at 7.09 pm. Geocaching: The exhibition can also be experienced with geocaching. "Kunstwege Pontresina GCA8R3D". Download the geocaching app to find geocaches along the art trails.

Mountain Bike | E- Mountain Bike
One of the most popular bike routes in Switzerland, "Bernina Express", connects Samedan and Poschiavo, along the art trails. Experienced mountain bikers (S2) can combine this route very nicely with a visit to the art trails.

Train | Bad Weather Option
You can also enjoy the art trails on rainy days. The works of art can be seen from the train and with the audio guide you can easily obtain further information about the individual art objects. The numerous restaurants along the route invite you to make a culinary stopover.

Events to accompany the exhibition

Guided ART TOUR IN THE VILLAGE, every Monday, 4:00 pm. The works of art, which are placed in the village, can be discovered on a guided tour of the village.

Registration: pontresina.ch/tours

On Saturday, 24 June 2023 from 09:30 to 15:00, the opening tour of the 32 installations took place in the Bernina region with curator Benno Conrad and all the exhibiting artists as well as representatives of the press. Press review

On the same day, at 5:30 p.m., the vernissage took place at the Plazza Rondo in Pontresina with an introduction by Dr. Nicole Seeberger, art historian and Administrative Director of the Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur. The artists were present.

Ines Marita Schärer staged a series of six performances at 6 locations around Lago Bianco during the week of 25 - 30 June, each at 8 pm. 

On Friday, 21 July, the vernissage "Kunst-Handwerk-Pontresina" took place at 6 pm at the Rondo Cultural Centre. The exhibition lasts until 6 August 2023.           

On Friday, 28 July 2023, from 09:15 to 16:45, an artist talk and tour with Jürg Stäuble and five artists took place in the Bernina region. The visitors attended the performance "Tracing bigger Movements" on the dam wall of Lago Bianco.  

> Link to upcoming events and satellite exhibitions until October 2023





Recommendations for tours as well as information on guided visits can be found here:

> Link to the recommendations and offers