Exhibitions 07.04.2016 – 21.08.2016

Modern Masters “Degenerate” Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Berne

For the very first time, the Museum of Fine Arts Berne is mounting a special exhibition that takes an intensive look at the modern masters collection from the angle of its acquisition history. With its own funds, the museum only purchased a small proportion of the items in the collection, which boasts major works by artists such as Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Franz Marc, or Pablo Picasso. Indeed, numerous private collectors and further institutions donated artworks to the museum as endowments, bequests, gifts, or permanent loans. A number of the pieces were accrued when the Nazis sorted them out of German museums from 1937 onward. Therefore the exhibition highlights issues such as "degenerate art" or "intellect as a national defense mechanism” in Switzerland.

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Exhibitions 19.02.2016 – 19.06.2016

Chinese Whispers Recent Art from the Sigg & M+ Sigg Collections

Significant portions of Uli Sigg's collection will be on display in a joint exhibition by Kunstmuseum Bern and Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland and afterwards will travel in a reduced version to MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art in Vienna, Austria, before substantial parts of the Swiss collector’s holdings move to Hong Kong as a donation. Some 150 recent works from the Sigg and M+ Sigg Collections will be presented in Bern from 19 February until 19 June 2016 and thus reflect today’s China.

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Exhibitions 08.04.2016 – 14.05.2016

Kunstmuseum Bern @ PROGR Christian Vetter

Fenster zur Gegenwart - Werke aus der Sammlung

In Zusammenarbeit mit dem chinesischen Künstler Ai Weiwei und mit Hilfe der Stiftung GegenwART und ihrem Mäzen Dr. h.c. Hansjörg Wyss konnte das Kunstmuseum Bern zwischen 2006 bis Anfang 2008 sechs Kunstschaffenden einen Atelieraufenthalt in Beijing von je sechs Monaten ermöglichen. Der Maler Christian Vetter war 2007 einer der Stipendiaten und verbrachte die erste Jahreshälfte im für diese Zwecke eingerichteten Wohnatelier. Die im „Fenster zur Gegenwart“ ausgestellten Arbeiten aus der Sammlung der Stiftung GegenwART entstanden während dieser Zeit in Beijing und werden durch neue Malereien ergänzt, die im Schaffen des Künstlers eine vergleichbare Neuorientierung kennzeichnen wie es vormals auch die in China entstandenen Werke taten.

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Special events 10.03.2016 – 24.05.2016

Chinese Challenges im Zentrum Paul Klee

DO | 10. März 2016 | 19:00
Wer träumt ihn? Der chinesische Traum und die Gesellschaft / Who is dreaming? Society and the Chinese dream
MI | 27. April 2016 | 19:00 AUSVERKAUFT
Bauen an der Zukunft: Die Rolle der Architektur im grossen Wandel / Building the future. On the role of architecture in China’s Great Transformation
DI | 24. Mai 2016 | 19:00
Kurswechsel: Die chinesische Wirtschaft und ihre Herausforderungen / Changing Tack – The Chinese economy and its challenges

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Modern Masters “Degenerate” Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Berne

The exhibition Modern Masters: “Degenerate” Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Berne presents, for the first time ever, the acquisition history of the Kunstmuseum Bern’s collection. The show is mounting masterpieces by Pablo Picasso through to August Macke viewed from the perspective of their accession history, leading us into a dark chapter of the past. For example, the exhibition includes works that the Nazis branded as “degenerate” and confiscated from German museums. The show seeks to palpably illustrate the research on its collection, based on examples, and inform our audience about the complexities involved in issues of provenance.

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Chinese Whispers Recent Art from the Sigg & M+ Sigg Collections

‘Chinese Whispers’ is a reflection of and on modern China. From 19 February until 19 June 2016, the joint exhibition by Kunstmuseum Bern and Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern showcases significant portions of Uli Sigg’s collection. Before the Swiss collector’s donation is transferred to Hong Kong, around 150 recent works from the Sigg and M+ Sigg Collections will be on public display in the Swiss capital city. This major exhibition will be accompanied by events such as a series of panel talks with guests including artist Ai Weiwei and architect Jacques Herzog. Both institutions will also present fascinating educational and further supporting programmes.

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Exhibitions 01.01.2012 – 31.12.2016


Monet, Hodler, Picasso, Giacometti, Rothko, Dalí ...

The Museum of Fine Arts Bern is the oldest art museum in Switzerland with a permanent collection.

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