Exhibitions 24.04.2015 – 06.09.2015

Stone of Light. Crystal Visions in Art

At latest since romanticism, crystal is a leading source of inspiration for artistic work—either its formal structure serves as a model for design in art or its symbolical value comes into play. Crystal rock is something rare; it is valuable and difficult to mine. Although a material thing of hard, cold stone, crystal radiates a light that is seemly not of this world. The exhibition «Stone of Light: Crystal Visions in Art» looks at how the different art epochs viewed crystal.

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Exhibitions 13.03.2015 – 02.08.2015

Max Gubler. A Life’s Work

A highly original Swiss painter, Max Gubler (1898 – 1973) produced an oeuvre that was strongly informed by a very expressive realism. While Gubler was seen as the «only genius in Swiss painting» until well into the 1960s, he was all but forgotten after being committed to the care of a psychiatric clinic. The works he painted in the last four years of his artistic career were locked away for a long time and are only now open to the public. The Kunstmuseum Bern is organizing the first real retrospective of Max Gubler’s work in response to a significant part of his artistic legacy becoming part of the museum’s collection in 2010.

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Exhibitions 24.10.2014 – 26.04.2015

In the here and now! Swiss art of the last 30 years from the Kunst Heute Collection

The Exhibition offers a representative insight into contemporary Swiss artistic creation from the early 1980 through to the present, with its selection of artworks of the collection Kunst Heute Foundation, founded in 1982 and based in Bern. In cooperation with some of Bern’s patrons of the arts, the Foundation set itself the goal to put together an independent collection of recent Swiss art. Until a short while ago, the collection has been constantly expanded by the purchasing committee, comprised of young art mediators and artists. The works selected for the current show investigate what is characteristic for the reality of our lives today, for the contemporary world we call post-modern. 

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Exhibitions 04.04.2015 – 03.05.2015

Meret Meyer Scapa. Devoting a Life to Art

One of Bern’s best-kept secrets

The Bernese artist Meret Meyer-Scapa is one of our city’s best-kept secrets. Despite the fact that she had many friends in the dance and art scenes, she always kept her own art a secret. She did not pass any knowledge on to outsiders about the creation, dates, and contents of her pictures, collages, and three-dimensional objects. To date, it was only once possible to persuade her to have her work exhibited. 

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Special events 03.05.2015 – 03.05.2015

Generationen im Museum «Mein Kristall»

Kommen Sie mit Ihrer Nichte, Ihrem Nachbarn oder Ihrer besten Freundin ins Museum und entdecken Sie zusammen die Ausstellung «Stein aus Licht. Kristallvisionen in der Kunst». Von Bildern mit schroffen Felsen und gotischen Kathedralen, von echten Amethyst-Schuhen und bunten Kristallzuchten lassen Sie sich zu Ihren eigenen Geschichten inspirieren. Nach einem gemeinsamen Rundgang beschliessen wir den Generationen-Nachmittag mit einem Zvieri im Atelier.

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Crystal as Font of Inspiration

Stone of Light. Crystal Visions in Art, 24.04. - 06.09.15

With the exhibition Stone of Light: Crystal Visions in Art, the Kunstmuseum Bern is thematically focusing on how crystal and its specific, intrinsic qualities fascinate artists. Seen through the multi-faceted lens of crystal, we are taking a closer look at art from romanticism through to the present. We are showing paintings and drawings by artists such as Caspar David Friedrich, Bruno Taut, Lyonel Feininger, Paul Klee, and Meret Oppenheim; photographs by Alfred Ehrhardt; and installations by Josef Beuys, Marina Abramović, and Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger—artists who were all inspired by crystal as ideal form or symbol.

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Gubler in His Entirety

Max Gubler. A Life’s Work, 13.03. - 02.08.2015

Right into the 1960s, Max Gubler (1898 – 1973) was seen as the “sole genius of Swiss painting.” In the 1950s, he was probably the most celebrated and most exhibited artist in Switzerland. Max Frisch and Friedrich Dürrenmatt were among his great admirers. But still we have never had the chance to review his oeuvre in its entirety because his late work was kept under lock and key until only recently. The exhibition Max Gubler: A Life’s Work now makes it possible to gain a comprehensive view of the artist’s brilliant painting oeuvre.

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Kunstsammlung Gurlitt: Kunstmuseum Bern begrüsst den Entscheid des Münchner Nachlassgerichts

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