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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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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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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Media Release Sa 04.07.14

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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