Museum of the Nötscher Kreis
The Museum of the Nötscher Kreis was opened on May 16th, 1998 and is dedicated to the life and work of the artists of the “Nötscher Kreis” (Nötscher Circle of Artists), the beginning of 20th Century with their very unique painting styles, they decisively helped to shape Austrian art. This loose grouping of painter friends, who were either born in this region – like Sebastian Isepp (1884-1954) and Franz Wiegele (1887-1944) – or moved from abroad to Nötsch – like Anton Kolig (1886-1950) and Anton Mahringer (1902-1974), represents a significant artistic phenomenon within Austrian painting of the first half of the 20th Century and decisively shaped the art of the interwar period.
The museum is housed in Franz Wiegele’s birthplace, located in the center of Nötsch, and exists as a documentation center for the four artists. Through its exhibitions, it provides both a representative cross-section of their oeuvre, as well as an insight into the personal living conditions of the painters as well as, through contemporary photographs and autographs, reveal their numerous, extremely interesting connections to artist colleagues, art historians and intellectuals of their era. The objects of the annually changing exhibitions are provided by private and public lenders.