Museum History

The path on the recognition of authenticity in art and antiques is the flagship of MAS , one of a kind and strongly desired by its founder, the physical Gottfried Matthaes . In 1990 he purchased these exhibition spaces in the historic center of Milan which, to this day, remain the only example in the history of a museum dedicated to the important issue of ascertaining authenticity in art.



Our Story

Matthaes Family

The family of the founder of the Museum of Art and Science, Gottfried Matthaes , is originally from Dresden, a city of art that around 1900 became the center of modern European painting and it is here that in 1906 the aunt of the founder Gertrude Matthaes and her husband Walter Kurau founded a renowned painting school based first in Dresden and from 1927 in Berlin. In this city, in 1930, they were entrusted, among other activities, with the task of decorating some rooms of the famous “Pergamon Museum”.


Greek-Roman and Etruscan Collection

In that same period, an educational collection on Greco-Roman and Etruscan art was also established, today partially exhibited at the Museum of Art and Science in Milan and defined by the Italian Ministry for Cultural and Environmental Heritage, with a Decree of 5.5. 1997, as “Collection of exceptional historical and cultural interest”.


Siemens Microchip

In 1932 the school was closed and part of the collections were inherited by his nephew Gottfried.
Being a physicist, the combination of physics, science and art was the constant of his life.
In 1949 he invented the first printed circuit board (CHIP) for Siemens Germany and shortly afterwards, with the Italian partner Egidio Cozzi, he opened the first factory in Milan to produce them in series.


MAS Milan

It was in 1990, however, that Gottfried Matthaes left the industry to focus on a felt theme of primary importance: the ascertainment of the False in Art. In reality, he had already been carrying out research for years to create a more reliable dating method than the existing ones, which would allow him to scientifically date the over a thousand wooden objects in his collection. Also in that year he bought two floors of Palazzo Bonacossa in Milan and founded the “Educational museum for the verification of false ‘antiques ”. The “Authentic Art” scientific laboratory specialized in spectroscopic dating is located within the Museum of Art and Science, of which Dr. Chim has been the director since 1988. Peter Matthaes.


African Art Collection

In 2001 the section dedicated to the African Art collection was inaugurated. Over the years, the Museum has expanded its exhibitions by adding to the sections on authenticity various artistic exhibitions of excellence on Extra-European Art. In particular, the Buddhist Art exhibition, considered today among the most beautiful in Italy, of objects from Thailand and Burma and the section dedicated to African Art comprising more than 300 objects of high historical-artistic value from different ethnic groups of Black Africa. The Museum changes its name twice, passing from “Museum of the Art Collector” to the current “Museum of Art and Science”, while maintaining its initial spirit of service towards art.


Lindau Lab

In 2008 the Scientific Laboratory opens a second office in Germany, in Nonnenhom, Lindau, specifically dedicated to Northern Europe and managed by Dr. Martin Matthaes.


Peter & Patrizia

In 2010, after a long illness, Gottfried Matthaes died and his children, Peter and Patrizia Matthaes, took over the management of the museum. In the same year they created the Friends of the Museum of Art and Science Association and a whole series of projects not only cultural, but also of innovation, restoration and scientific development, with the aim of contributing more and more incisive and decisive for the safeguarding and enhancement of our artistic heritage, giving continuity and continuity to the father’s work.

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