The Kunstmuseum Bern is the oldest fine art museum in Switzerland with a permanent collection. It enjoys a worldwide reputation thanks to works by Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Ferdinand Hodler, and Meret Oppenheim. Its ever-growing holdings currently encompass over 4,000 paintings and sculptures, as well as some 45,000 drawings, engravings, photographs, films, and videos. This makes it not only one of the most outstanding and multifarious collections in Switzerland but also one of international significance due to its collections of works from the “classical” modern era. Besides it's permanent collection the Kunstmuseum Bern additionally shows themed and large monographic exhibitions.
The Quiet Eye: Felicitas Vogler and Ben Nicholson
The Quiet Eye is a selection of colour photographs by Felicitas Vogler (1922–2006), which are showing for the first time, as well as paintings and drawings by Ben Nicholson (1894–1982). The latter were bequeathed to the Kunstmuseum Bern by Felicitas Vogler. The artworks in the exhibition seem...
You Never Know the Whole Story.
Video Art and New Media from the Kunstmuseum Bern Collection
The English idiom “never judge someone, because you'll never know the whole story” warns us against judging people untowardly. It is likewise the case with contemporary art – we do not yet know the full story because the categories of evaluating it are in a constant state of flux. Nevertheless, the...
Me in Pictures. Five Centuries of Self-Portraits from the Collection of Prints and Drawings
What do I see when I look in the mirror? What does my face reveal in my painting of it? Self-questioning, self-affirmation, self marketing. Ever since artists first began portraying themselves, self-portraits have opened up multifaceted possibilities. And was not the imprint of a hand in prehistoric...
Miriam Cahn – I AS HUMAN
Miriam Cahn is a major figure in the art of her generation. Currently her convincing presentations at documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel strongly underscore the overwhelming relevance of her work for today’s world. This is reason enough to focus on her diverse oeuvre and her uncompromising, radical...
ars viva 2019: Niko Abramidis & NE, Cana Bilir-Meier, Keto Logua
The Kunstmuseum Bern will be mounting the 2019 exhibition for the current ars viva prize winners Niko Abramidis & NE (*1987), Cana Bilir-Meier (*1986), and Keto Logua (*1988). Their works will be on show for the first time in Switzerland. The ars viva prize for the fine arts was initiated by the...