Joint press briefing by the German government, Bavaria and the Museum of Fine Arts Bern regarding the further handling of the Cornelius Gurritt estate
Monday, 24 November 2014
Presse- und Informationsamt der Bundesregierung
Dorotheenstr. 84, 10117 Berlin
A leading representative of arte povera
The Greek arte povera artist Nakis Panayotidis was born in 1947 in Athens. He settled in Switzerland in 1974 after studying architecture in Turin (in 1966) and visual arts in Rome (enrolled 1967). Since then he lives and works both in Bern and in Greece—on Serifos Island of the Cyclades.
The Exhibition offers a representative insight into contemporary Swiss artistic creation from the early 1980 through to the present, with its selection of artworks of the collection Kunst Heute Foundation, founded in 1982 and based in Bern. In cooperation with some of Bern’s patrons of the arts, the Foundation set itself the goal to put together an independent collection of recent Swiss art. Until a short while ago, the collection has been constantly expanded by the purchasing committee, comprised of young art mediators and artists. The works selected for the current show investigate what is characteristic for the reality of our lives today, for the contemporary world we call post-modern.
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.
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.
Nakis Panayotidis. Seeing the Invisible, 21.11.2014 - 15.03.2015
Nakis Panayotidis was born in 1947 in Athens. After having studied architecture and the fine arts in Turin and Rome, he settled in Switzerland in 1973. Ever since he has been living and working in both Bern and on the Greek island Serifos, one of the Cyclades. In 1994, the first large Nakis Panayotidis exhibition to take place in a museum was mounted at the Kunstmuseum Bern. Twenty years later, after many further international solo exhibitions of his work, the Kunstmuseum Bern is devoting a comprehensive retrospective to this multifaceted artist and leading representative of Arte Povera.
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.