Exhibitions 22.08.2014 – 11.01.2015

New Additions to the Collection: August Gaul and Martin Lauterburg

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.

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Exhibitions 22.08.2014 – 20.09.2014

KUNSTMUSEUM BERN @ PROGR Luzia Hürzeler - How to sleep among wolves I

Fenster zur Gegenwart - Werke aus der Sammlung

Im Rahmen der Biennale Bern, zeigt das Kunstmuseum Bern im Fenster zur Gegenwart im PROGR, die Videoinstallation How to sleep among wolves I von Luzia Hürzeler

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Openings 18.09.2014 – 18.09.2014

Opening Color and I. Augusto Giacometti

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.

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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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Media Release Tu 20.08.14

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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Building Application for Converting Existing Space and Creating Additional Exhibition Space

Extension of the Interior of the Kunstmuseum Bern

After the Institute of Art History and the library announced in 2011 that they would be moving out of their premises, the Kunstmuseum Bern had plans drawn up for reusing this part of the Atelier-5 building to create an additional area of 600 square meters and provide more space for our Contemporary Art Collection. The building application was made public on September 3. When the building permit has been officially granted, the museum will hand in the financing applications to potential sponsors who have previously voiced their interest in the project in preliminary talks. The funding requirements for actual conversion construction will amount to CHF 10,7 million. The historic Stettler Building will not be affected by the construction work. The Kunstmuseum Bern is planning on continuing the exhibition activities there, as well as sending the collection abroad until the reopening in 2020.

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