I see mountains glow far away*

4. Januar 2019

Man’s fascination with mountains has been unbroken as long as anyone can remember. LUMEN gives this fascination a photographic home: located at the summit of the region Kronplatz, South Tyrol 1,800 square metres are dedicated to mountain photography

Experience the history of mountain photography

Spanning four floors LUMEN offers the possibility to experience the history of mountain photography from its beginnings until the present as well as displaying the art of mountain- photographers from all over the world. A scientific approach and entertainment are not contradictions — LUMEN shows historic pictures and digital innovations, exciting temporary and special exhibitions as well as spectacular productions. The curated program stands out due to its interdisciplinary character: alpinism, tourism, politics, spirituality and history — the subject mountains is examined from different perspectives. The ‚Shutter‘ is a particularly impressive eye-catcher – it is a huge shutter which can be opened and closed and therefore can be used as a projector screen.

Meanwhile, the restaurant ‚AlpiNN‘ combines culinary delights with a stunning view. An event venue that holds up to 200 people offers space for seminars, meetings and events. Even the location itself is special: in the heart of the Dolomites — the „most beautiful natural architecture in the world“ (Le Corbusier) – the building of the former mountain station of the ‚Kronplatz‘- funicular shines resplendent in its modern look at 2.265 m.

Thus LUMEN makes a great contribution to profiting from the region’s potential all year round and adds value to all of its surroundings. With the trinity of exhibition – event space – alpine cuisine LUMEN erects a monument in the honour of mountain photography — multifaceted and extraordinary, just like the mountains themselves

To fulfill the objective of the house, which is to combine entertainment with photographic approach, LUMEN rewrites the rules for the presentation of mountain photography. It is shown in the scenography of the exhibition rooms as well as in the concept regarding the contents of the establishment. Thanks to the support of national and international partners it was possible to create an exciting course offering visitors a new perspective on the „old“ topic of mountains. Multi-perspective accesses in combination with a unique scenery — LUMEN makes the topic of mountain photography a holistic experience.


The permanent exhibition Messner meets Messner by Durst is dedicated to the mountain pioneer and ambassador for the protection of the alps, Reinhold Messner. It starts with innovative approaches and state-of-the-art technology for alpine sport in the Adrenaline Room designed in cooperation with Red Bull Illume. The world’s greatest photography contest dedicated to adventure and action sports showcases the most extraordinary and most creative pictures in the shape of multimedia installations — pure adrenaline!

Images in order of appearance: © skirama; ©manuelkottersteger.com; Lumen Spiegelsaal

*by Wilhelm Busch


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