LUMEN: a museum of photography, 2,275 meters up high

by Barbara Palladino

On the top of the Kronplatz (or Plan de Corones), near Brunico (Bolzano) – an enchanted place that only the mountains could create – sits an incredibly innovative structure: the LUMEN MUSEUM. Its 1,800 square meters of exhibition space, structured on four floors and perfectly integrated with the natural surroundings, are fully dedicated to mountain photography, from its origins to the present day.

The project, curated by architect Gerhard Mahlknecht, stems from the repurposing of the former station at the top of the Kronplatz cableway, and celebrates the icons of mountain climbing – such as Reinhold Messner, to whom a permanent exhibition including multimedia and virtual reality installations is dedicated. The itinerary includes an area focused on the beginning of mountain photography as a means for scientific documentation, a Wunderkammer with relics from the 19th century and a Wall of Fame dedicated to the pioneers who dedicated their life to creating wonderful high-altitude images. Amongst the other must-sees in the museum, a Room of Mirrors presents the interaction between forces in nature through the illusion of reflexes; and the so-called Room of the Shutter features an opening in the wall that perfectly frames the view over the Kronplatz, and can turn into a projection screen.

But LUMEN is not only a museum. It also hosts events and showcases excellent cuisine thanks to the AlpiNN – Food Space & Restaurant, expression of a culinary concept by Norbert Niederkofler – one of the few chefs to have been awarded three Michelin stars. The restaurant serves creations by Fabio Curreli, in a feats of flavors based on the best ingredients for each season of the Dolomites.


Lumen Museum
Via Funivia, 10
Brunico (BZ)  


Photo by Marco Zanta


Photo by Jürgen Eheim


Photo by Paolo Riolzi


Photo by Skirama Kronplatz


Photo by Marco Zanta


Photo by Paolo Riolzi


Photo by Marco Zanta

LUMEN: a museum of photography, 2,275 meters up high


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