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 01.01.2012 – 31.12.2015


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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Openings 21.08.2014 – 21.08.2014

Eröffnung August Gaul und Martin Lauterburg

Neu in der Sammlung

Das Kunstmuseum Bern durfte im Herbst 2013 ein grosses Konvolut mehrheitlich kleinfiguriger Plastiken, aber auch die grosse Skulptur eines jungen Elefanten von August Gaul (1869-1921) als Dauerleihgabe der Zwillenberg-Stiftung entgegen nehmen.
Anlässlich der Überführung der 1973 gegründeten Martin Lauterburg-Stiftung in die Stiftung Kunstmuseum Bern gibt die Ausstelung zudem einen Einblick in das Schaffen des Berner Malers Martin Lauterburg (1891-1960). 

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Mark Rothko No. 7 (Dark Brown, Grey, Orange), 1963

Immerse yourself in this great work of Rothko and the world of Abstract Expressionism. Learn how the artist succeeded to establish "a consummated experience between picture and onlooker".

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Of Penguins and Geraniums

New Additions to the Collection: August Gaul and Martin Lauterburg, 22.08.2014 - 11.01.2015

The Kunstmuseum Bern is welcoming the addition to its collection of two extensive groups of works by the artists August Gaul and Martin Lauterburg. The Zwillenberg Foundation (Bern) handed over its outstanding collection of some 120 sculptures of animals by the German sculptor August Gaul (1869-1921) as a permanent loan to the Kunstmuseum Bern. Our presentation provides a cohesive picture of the oeuvre of the artist, who was one of the pioneers of modern German sculpture working in Berlin at the beginning of the 20th century. The second addition is due to the Martin Lauterburg Foundation transferring its collection to that of the Kunstmuseum Bern Foundation. It comprises some 80 paintings as well as numerous prints, drawings, and photographs by the Bernese painter Martin Lauterburg (1891-1960). Together with works by Lauterburg that were already part of the Kunstmuseum Bern collection, we are presenting a selection of his oeuvre so that our audience can rediscover this unique artist who was once greatly esteemed for his magical realism. 

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The Gurlitt Collection: the Kunstmuseum Bern retains legal representation

The Board of Trustees of the Kunstmuseum Bern (KMB) has decided to retain the law firm CMS von Erlach Poncet AG in Zurich and its partner firms in Munich, Berlin, and Vienna to clarify the complex issues involving the Gurlitt estate. Dr Beat von Rechenberg will be responsible for the overall management of the case.

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