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.
In the Here and Now! Swiss Art of the Last 30 Years from the Kunst Heute Collection, 24.10.2014 – 26.04.2015
From 1982 through 2013, the Kunst Heute Foundation accrued a high-caliber collection of Swiss contemporary art. In 2003, the entire collection was handed over to the Kunstmuseum Bern as a gift, including further acquisitions made by the foundation until it discontinued its activities in 2013. With a selection of some 30 artworks, by artists such as Thomas Hirschhorn, Pipilotti Rist, Fischli/Weiss, Roman Signer and Christian Marclay, we are mounting a representative overview of Swiss contemporary art from the early 1980s through to the present, while paying tribute to the Kunst Heute Foundation’s pioneering role. A
Bethan Huws: Reading Duchamp, Research Notes 2007–2014, 24.10.2014 – 01.02.2015
Since the mid-1990s, the Welsh artist Bethan Huws (*1961) has explored the work of Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968), the spiritual and intellectual father of conceptual art, and, since 2007, has put together the findings of her research in works and sketches. These Research Notes will be shown at the Kunstmuseum Bern for the very first time in an installation filling a whole room.