Das Kunstmuseum Bern freut sich, eine hochkarätige Erweiterung für seine Sammlungsbestände bekanntgeben zu können: Die Hahnloser/Jaeggli Stiftung, Winterthur ist mit der Dachstiftung Kunstmuseum Bern und Zentrum Paul Klee einen Vertrag eingegangen: Die über 100 Werke im Besitz der Hahnloser/Jaeggli Stiftung werden ab August 2017 als Leihgaben im Kunstmuseum Bern zu sehen sein.
The Ticinese painter Cesare Lucchini (*1941) has made an internationally acknowledged contribution to abstract-expressionist art since the 1960s. The compositions he invents depend on enigmatic signs and characters, phantomlike manifestations, and color as sensitive agents for touching the emotions. At a practical level, Lucchini views painting as an experimental test arrangement. Between the layers of paint he concretizes his confrontation with Self and his personal investigation of reality. This artist’s oeuvre presents a world packed with pressing issues and is frangibly poetic. The exhibition discusses Lucchini’s work in the context of existential art and, with this in mind, integrates sculptures by artists such as Alberto Giacometti, Robert Müller, and Hans Josephsohn.
Collection presentation: Bern's Lost Altar. Niklaus Manuel and the Panels of Dominican Church in Bern
Niklaus Manuel is one of the prominent figures in the period of transition from the Middle Ages to the early modern age. He was a painter, statesman, reformer, Swiss mercenary, commander- in-chief, founder of the Manuel dynasty, and many other things as well. Three panels ascribed to his hand have survived as part of the Museum of Fine Arts Berne Collection. They originally belonged to a lost altarpiece of the former Dominican church in Bern, now called Französische Kirche (French church). What actually happens to pictures when their meaning undergoes a radical change? Whereas they were sacred fixtures while housed in a church, at the Museum of Fine Arts Berne they are kept and cared for as the works of an important artist. This small presentation of the collection addresses these topics.
The treasures of one of the world’s most outstanding and splendid private collections are opening to the public in an exhibition that has hitherto not seen its equal in Switzerland. In a grand-scale presentation, the Kunstmuseum Bern is investigating the collection policy of the Princes of Liechtenstein over many centuries. The exhibition opens up insights into an exceptional and illustrious world that has no equal in Switzerland. We have no equivalent of a “royal collection” here. Rather the nation’s cultural assets are distributed among various cantons and institutions, each pursuing its individual strategies of collecting. The Princely Collections comprise masterpieces of European art of exceptional quality spanning five centuries, and still today these holdings are being constantly augmented with new acquisitions.
Fenster zur Gegenwart - Werke aus der Sammlung
Moshekwa Langas Werk zeichnet sich durch grosse stilistische und technische Vielfalt aus. Gemeinsam ist seinen Werken eine starke sinnliche Präsenz sowie poetische Intensität. Oftmals arbeitet der südafrikanische Künstler mit materialreichen Bildassemblagen oder vielteiligen Installationen, die er gemäss einer traumähnlichen visuellen Logik zusammenstellt.