Sculpture at Schoenthal

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Schönthal, near Langenbruck
Inner courtyard of the Schönthal Monastery
Nigel Hall, Soglio

Sculpture at Schoenthal is an art foundation in Switzerland. It is named after the Schönthal Monastery, a former church near the village of Langenbruck, Basel-Landschaft, which is now used for temporary art exhibitions. An array of sculptures, including some by well-known artists, is dotted around the monastery area and the surrounding countryside.

The monastery and foundation[edit]

Schönthal Monastery (German: Kloster Schönthal) was built in approximately 1140. It was annulled during the Reformation in 1529, after which it was used variously as a toolshed, dairy farm and brickworks. In 1967 it was put under cultural heritage management,[1] and in 1986 the first archaeological digs and renovations began.

Sculpture at Schoenthal was opened in 2000 as a "cultural meeting place" incorporating the monastery and surrounding area, with the motto "Art and nature in dialogue". The following year its founder, John Schmid, transferred the entire set-up to the newly established Sculpture at Schoenthal Foundation.[2] The historic building now serves as a gallery for temporary exhibitions and as a seminar venue.

Sculptures and artists[edit]

A number of well-known Swiss and international artists have integrated works of sculpture into the surrounding Jura countryside, including Tony Cragg, Nigel Hall, Richard Long and David Nash.


  1. ^ Bau- und Umwelt-Zeitung Nr. 22 / Juni 2000: Kloster Schönthal Brigitte Frei-Heitz, update from the Canton of Basel-Landschaft's website, June 2000. Retrieved 21 August 2010. (in German)
  2. ^ According to the Chronologie section of the foundation's website.

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Coordinates: 47°21′34″N 7°46′23″E / 47.3594°N 7.7730°E / 47.3594; 7.7730