A Swiss pioneer of abstraction
The comprehensive exhibition concentrates on Augusto Giacometti as a great master of color. In a radio lecture in 1933 he systematically described his thorough investigation of color phenomena. The title of his talk was “Die Farbe und ich” (“Color and I”) is both the motto and leitmotif of the exhibition. The show traces the very original path trod by this important Swiss artist, and in addition draws a comparison to individual works by other artists whose work centered on color: Paul Cézanne, Adolf Hölzel, Johannes Itten, Paul Klee, Josef Albers, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Richard Paul Lohse, Jerry Zeniuk or Raimer Jochims.
presentation of the Collection
In summer 2013, the Kunstmuseum Bern had the honor
of receiving a large number of sculptures as a permanent loan from the
Zwillenberg Foundation. The artworks are largely smaller sculptures, but include
some large pieces such as a young elephant executed by August Gaul (1869–1921).
The exhibition is offering insights into the creations of the Bernese painter Martin Lauterburg (1891-1960). It is being mounted on the occasion of the transferal of the Martin Lauterburg Foundation, which was founded in 1973, to the Kunstmuseum Bern Foundation.
The KUNST HEUTE Foundation, its seat in Bern, was initiated in 1982 by Marianne Gerny. With the support of several Bern sponsors she made it her goal to establish an independent collection of recent Swiss art. Until only recently it was still being continually added to through an acquisition committee made up of young art educators and artists.
The project exhibition is devoted to the artistic research carried out by Bethan Huws since 1999 on Marcel Duchamp and that she, since 2007, incorporates in her own artworks and sketches. The Welsh artist is interested in Duchamp as the intellectual father of conceptual art. She too is fascinated by puns, ideograms and symbols. Duchamp’s oeuvre, his readymades and installation with richly evocative titles, still full of unsolved riddles today, enticed Bethan Huws into speculating on the meanings of and encoding the obscure references. Through her many years of intensive investigation of Duchamp she developed her own profound referential framework and a highly original interpretation of the older artist’s ideas. With texts, photographs and notes on the artworks she has created a research laboratory, a kind of artistic mind map, opening a window onto understanding her threads of thought.
Kunstsammlung Gurlitt: Stellungnahme zum Artikel in der Sonntagszeitung vom 12.10.14 „Kunstmuseum Bern nimmt Gurlitts Erbe an“
Gegenwärtig werden in Deutschland Mutmassungen kolportiert. Es trifft zu, dass vertrauliche Gespräche mit der BRD und mit dem Freistaat Bayern im Gange sind. Deren Ziel ist es, Voraussetzungen und Implikationen einer allfälligen Annahme der Erbschaft Gurlitt durch das Kunstmuseum Bern zu ermitteln. Die Gespräche verlaufen konstruktiv, sind aber noch nicht abgeschlossen. Angesichts dessen erübrigt es sich, die vorgebrachten, in wesentlichen Teilen erst noch unzutreffenden Spekulationen zu kommentieren. Und am Ende ist der Stiftungsrat nach wie vor frei, im bestverstandenen Interesse des Kunstmuseums Bern über Annahme bzw. Ausschlagung der Erbschaft zu entscheiden.
Color and I. Augusto Giacometti, 19.09.2014 – 08.02.2015
Swiss painter Augusto Giacometti (1877–1947) made color the focus of his art. In
a magnificent display of color with some 130 exhibits, the Kunstmuseum Bern is
mounting an overview of the work of this pioneer of abstraction. On show will
be loans from leading Swiss and international museums, artworks from private
collections that have never been on public view before, as well as pieces from
the Kunstmuseum Bern Collection.