Exhibitions 07.03.2014 – 24.08.2014

Open Sesame! Anker, Hodler, Segantini... Masterpieces from the Foundation for Art, Culture and History

Insights into a tremendous treasure vault

Winterthur patron of the arts Bruno Stefanini (*1924) established the Stiftung für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte (Foundation for Art, Culture and History) in 1980. In the 1950s he began purchasing small-format pictures by Robert Zünd. Over the decades Stefanini accumulated an impressive collection of some 8,000 artworks that offers an encyclopaedic overview of the whole spectrum of artistic creation in Switzerland from the 18th to the early 20th century. 

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Exhibitions 12.04.2014 – 20.07.2014

Bill Viola: Passions

An exhibition by Kunstmuseum Bern in collaboration with the Community of the Cathedral of Berne

Bill Viola (b. 1951 in New York) is generally seen as one of the leading international representatives of video art. For over 30 years he has been working with video tapes, video installations, sound environments, electronic-music performances and TV productions. In 1995 and 2007, Viola’s presentation of his art at the Venice Biennial was highly acclaimed. It therefore comes as a surprise that since his first solo exhibition in 1993 at the Musée des Beaux-Arts Lausanne his work has only been shown in group exhibitions in Switzerland. A coming solo exhibition will change this situation and will be taking place both at the Cathedral of Berne and at the Kunstmuseum Bern.

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Exhibitions 31.01.2014 – 18.05.2014

Markus Raetz. Prints Sculptures

Researcher of artistic perception

Markus Raetz, born in 1941, is one of Bern‘s most famous contemporary artists and a key figure in the generation of “researchers of artistic perception”. His multi-faceted work playfully revolves around the processual nature of our experience of reality and makes us aware that, by using a great diversity of media and techniques, reality changes in relation to our standpoint. 

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Exhibitions 17.01.2014 – 27.04.2014

Samuel Hieronymus Grimm (1733-1794). A Very English Swiss

An exceptionally gifted illustrator and caricaturist

Samuel Hieronymus Grimm (1733-1794) is being presented in a comprehensive exhibition for the very first time. He pursued a career as topographer, illustrator, caricaturist and painter of watercolors, acquiring quite a reputation especially in England. 

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Exhibitions 28.03.2014 – 26.04.2014


Fenster zur Gegenwart - Werke aus der Sammlung

The draftsman and painter from Winterthur always has a camera with him when he is out and about taking pictures of insignificant locations—of waste land, garden plots and forests between dusk and dawn, when it is raining or snowing. The photographs are mostly blurred. They are predestined to be used for producing hyperrealistic oilpaintings, watercolors and drawings. Consciousness for what the hurried and passing glance first missed results from the slow process of making a drawing of the whole photograph or of a small detail from it. In this way the ambience of the sheets becomes emotionally charged, and internal landscapes, distant memories and a confusion of feelings unfold before our eyes.

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Powerful Images of Fundamental Human Experience

Bill Viola: Passions, 11.04.-20.07.2014

Bill Viola (b. 1951 in New York) is generally recognized as one of the major international representatives of video art. Jointly with the Community of the Cathedral of Berne, the Kunstmuseum Bern is presenting the first solo exhibition to take place in Switzerland of this exceptional artist since his show here in 1993 at the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts Lausanne. While the Cathedral of Berne showcases the artist’s more recent videos addressing spiritual content, the Kunstmuseum Bern is mounting early works by the artist from its collection with a focus on theoretical questions related to perception and video art.

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A Passion for Swiss Art Treasures

Open Sesame! Anker, Hodler, Segantini… Masterpieces from the Foundation for Art, Culture and History 07.03. – 24.08.2014

The Kunstmuseum Bern is showing over 140 works of Swiss art dating from the 18th century up to modern times. They belong to the vast collection of the Foundation for Art, Culture and History, which was established in 1980 by the Winterthur patron of the arts Bruno Stefanini. Among other paintings, the exhibition is showcasing works by Cuno Amiet, Albert Anker, Arnold Böcklin, Alexandre Calame, Henry Fuseli, Giovanni and Augusto Giacometti, Ferdinand Hodler, Giovanni Segantini and Félix Vallotton. The show is structured thematically while integrating a number of historical items as well—for example the largest cluster of rock crystal ever to be found in Switzerland or the riding habit of the Empress Elizabeth of Austria and Queen of Hungary, popularly known as Sisi. The exhibition is, for the very first time, presenting a comprehensive view of the wonderful jewels tucked away in the Foundation’s veritable treasure vault.

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The Artist as Researcher of Perception

Markus Raetz • Prints • Sculptures, 31.01. – 18.05.2014

Markus Raetz (b. 1941) is one of Switzerland’s most famous contemporary artists and a key figure in the generation of “artists investigating perception.” The Kunstmuseum Bern is mounting an overview of his printmaking oeuvre in combination with several of his sculptures, creating a situation that enables our visitors to also spatially appreciate Raetz’s humorous approach in exploring the processes of perception. The oeuvre catalogue of his prints, long out of print, has been revised, updated and republished in conjunction with the exhibition. Both the catalogue and the show were realized in close cooperation with the artist.

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