Rudolf Stolz Museum

This museum is located in Sesto in Alta Pusteria and is dedicated to the South Tyrolean artist Rudolf Stolz.

Rudolf Stolz, especially known for his masterpiece “Danse Macabre” (fresco) in the cemetery of Sesto, was born in Bolzano in 1874. In 1943 he moved to Sesto. Like his brothers, Ignaz and Albert, also Rudolf Stolz was a supporter of the history and genre painter Franz Defregger. Together with his brother Ignaz he also administered the estate of the Austrian painter Albin Egger-Lienz. In 1960 Rudolf Stolz died in Moso/Sesto. In Bolzano, his birthplace, an elementary school is named after the artist.

Already in his lifetime, Rudolf Stolz was honoured for his work, e.g. by the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Prize (1940) and the honorary membership in the South Tyrolean association of artists (Südtiroler Künstlerbund). Few years after his death, the township of Sesto had a museum constructed according to the plans of his son-in-law, the architect Erich Pattis. In two showrooms, more than 160 delineations for frescos as well as numerous aquarelles and studies can be admired by visitors. In 1969 the museum was inaugurated, in 2010, on the 50th anniversary of his death, the main exhibition hall was rearranged. On this occasion there was also a special exhibition entitled “Die Malerbrüder Stolz” (painter brothers Stolz). From 2011 the permanent exhibition “Rudolf and Albert Stolz as war painters 1915/16” has complemented the exhibition.

The above mentioned “Danse Macabre” (1924) at the cemetery entrance in Sesto keeps attracting numerous art enthusiasts. Seven times death appears in this masterpiece, dancing with various people, all within his power. Rudolf Stolz also created the frescos in the interior of the hotel “Tre Cime”, constructed in 1929 to 1931, which are only open to hotel guests.

Opening hours:
from February 5 to April 16, 2017:
Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 4 pm to 6 pm
from June 25 to August 31, 2017:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 7 pm
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 12 am and from 3 to 7 pm
closed on Mondays
from September 1 to October 15, 2017:
Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 4 to 6 pm
or upon telephone request


Further information:
phone: +39 349 7169126,

Suggested accommodations

  1. Hotel Alpenblick

    Hotel Alpenblick

  2. Pension Turmchalet
    Guest house

    Pension Turmchalet

  3. Biovita Hotel Alpi

    Biovita Hotel Alpi

  4. Caravan Park Sexten

    Caravan Park Sexten

  5. Residence Holzer

    Residence Holzer

tips and more infos