In 1998, Willy Michel from Burgdorf, an entrepreneur in the field of medical products, together with Franz Gertsch decided to build and furnish a mutually supported museum. Willy Michel secured the financing of the entire project and established the Willy Michel Foundation which – together with a partial donation from Franz Gertsch – forms the basis of the collection. This includes the portrait Silvia I and the four large-format paintings Gräser I-IV (types of grass).
In addition to the works by Franz Gertsch, the museum also regularly presents temporary exhibitions that show a variety of contemporary art. The interface between painting and photography is another focal point.
From Friday to Sunday, the in-house Artcafé spoils guests with salads, sandwiches and soups. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the kitchen team conjures up a lunch menu. The culinary delights are also available as take-aways.