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.
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...
No use-by date. Gift and Loans of the Sammlung Migros Aare
The Genossenschaft Migros Aare has, in various different phases since the end of the 1960s, pursued the target of accruing a collection of works by exceptional artists in the region of Bern. The exhibition showcases pieces that were purchased in the period between 1987 and 1997 by the-then director...
Clair de lune. Pictures of the Moon in the Collection of Prints and Drawings
Apollo 11 landed on the moon fifty years ago. However, neither Jules Verne’s Barbicane nor Hergé’s Tintin stepped out of the spacecraft but people of flesh and blood. What might have taken the magic out of it was in fact the beginning of new dreams and fantasies. The moon’s power to fascinate us has...
Johannes Itten. Art as Life
Bauhaus Utopias and Documents of Reality
The Kunstmuseum Bern is devoting an exhibition to Johannes Itten in 2019, when the Bauhaus is celebrating its anniversary. This renowned Swiss artist was a Bauhaus teacher. The exhibition has set itself the goal of presenting his all-embracing utopian vision of uniting life and art. Key pieces in...
Things Fall Apart. Paintings of the 19th and 20th Centuries from the Collection of Kunstmuseum Bern
Taking the title taken from Ernest Biéler’s painting as its point of departure, this exhibition of the collection very literally addresses the aspect of organic growth in nineteenth-century painting – engaging with both its historic development as well as the contexts in which the works were...
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