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.
El Anatsui. Triumphant Scale
In collaboration with Haus der Kunst in Munich, the Kunstmuseum Bern is mounting a large-scale exhibition of the work of Ghanaian artist El Anatsui. He is arguably Africa’s most renowned contemporary artist and famous for his large sculptures of recycled screw-tops that decorate whole walls like...
Growing – Blossoming – Wilting. Ernst Kreidolf and Plants
Ernst Kreidolf (1863–1956) remains unforgotten as a painter and book illustrator. He has set new standards for illustrated books since he began publishing in 1898. His illustrations carry us off to the world of fairytales and dreams, where plants play a leading role. One cannot but wonder at his...
Tools for Utopia. Selected Works from the Daros Latinamerica Collection
The Daros Latin-American Collection is one of the leading collections worldwide of twentieth-century Latin-American art. The exhibition has as its point of departure the tradition of abstract and concrete art in Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil since 1945. While Europe was still struggling in...
The Way to Happiness. The Bern Tablet of Cebes and Baroque Imagery
The setting for Joseph Plepp’s painting as well as a selection of further artworks is organised by students at the Institute of Art History at the University of Bern in the context of a seminar devoted to the study, contextualisation and presentation of the Tablet of Cebes – and the ways in which...
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