It is a big building, rather imposing. our museum in the town of Solothurn in Switzerland. When I arrived in Solothurn abot 48 years ago, I visited the museum. It had various exhibits. In the cellar there was a department dedicated to African art, otherwise the main part was paintings from various Swiss artists. Museums are useful places to visit on a rainy afternoon, or when you do not know what else to do. And so the years went past, I met Mr. Swiss, we married and made a few visits to the museum together, even with our offspring. Of course there were also some architectural finds from the area also exhibited. To be quite honest I no longer know what exactly, it was too long ago.
As the years passed by the powers of the town hall or whatever, decided that our town should have a Natural History museum in another building and so this building was left for the paintings, amongst them from Frank Buchser, one of the local talents from the 19th century and Ferdinand Hodler from the beginning of the 20th century, one of the most well known Swiss painters. Please excuse me, I am not an expert, but just happen to know a few details of what was actually in this museum.
The Roman and African stuff was moved out to the new Natural History museum and the original museum was renamed as The Art Museum of Solothurn showing only paintings, see links.
About two years ago the building men moved it. Apparently something was being done. The first step was to dig up the grass surface at the front of the museum which actuall acted as a small park and they began to dig. The digging continued for so long that complaints were uttered what was actually being done, and whether they had forgotten what they were doing. When Mr. Swiss and I drive to the local supermarket to the next village we pass the museum. This is why I have so many photos of the work progress. I take a photo at least once a month, but nothing seems to change. The digging machinery and the men in orange are still there.
This was the last photo I took on Monday morning as we drove past. It seems they now need an orange man in front of the museum to direct the traffic. During the work on the front of the building, the building began to sink into the ground especially if it was raining, and so it all had to be supported with various iron scaffolding and the foundations had to be recinforced.
No harm occurred to the various paintings in the museum, the most harm was to the budget calculated for the renovations. I noticed that where there used to be a lawn, it is now a concrete surface with a few cars parked there, so it seems that progress is being made. Who knows, perhaps we will have our town festival next year to celebrate the re-opening of our new art museum. The worst that could now happen would be if they discovered a roman temple during the excavations for the new museum. The town was originally founded by the Romans.They would then have to put the whole thing under monument protection, which would incur another few thousand Swiss Francs and time until the archeologists had completed their work.
In the meanwhile we can visit the other museum to see a few dinosaur models, from the local Jura mountains, or some stuffed birds and ammonites which are not so intersting as paintings. I never did find out what happened to the African exhibits. Perhaps they forgot them in the cellar and they are now walled in.
I am still wondering what this new and improved museum will have as new exhibits when they are finished. Perhaps they are buiding a MacDonalds restaurant in the new basement to cater for the school classes that visit the museum with their teachers.
Daily Prompt: The Unfinished Museum