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.
Teruko Yokoi. Tokyo–New York–Paris–Bern
This monographic exhibition traces the history of an enormously productive and dynamic woman artist, whose art evolved in the circles – and in the shadow – of artists who shaped decisive narratives of twentieth-century art history. The exhibition follows Yokoi from Tokyo to New York and via Paris to...
Things Fall Apart. Swiss Art from Böcklin to Vallotton
Sigmund Freud claimed in 1917 that mankind has been confronted with three narcissistic outrages, making man an option among many. The exhibition «Things Fall Apart» illustrates how Swiss art, in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, attempted to visually understand this shift in man's...
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...
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