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.
A leading representative of arte povera
The Greek arte povera artist Nakis Panayotidis was born in 1947 in Athens. He settled in Switzerland in 1973 after studying architecture in Turin (in 1966) and visual arts in Rome (enrolled 1967). Since then he lives and works both in Bern and in Greece—on Serifos Island of the Cyclades.
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.
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.
The project exhibition is devoted to the artistic research carried out by Bethan Huws since 1999 on Marcel Duchamp and that she, since 2007, incorporates in her own artworks and sketches.
Die Projektausstellung widmet sich der künstlerischen Forschung, welche Bethan Huws seit 1999 zu Marcel Duchamp unternimmt und seit 2007 in Werke und Skizzen fasst. Als geistiger Vater der Konzeptkunst interessierte Duchamp die walisische Künstlerin, die sich selber für Wortspiele, Ideogramme und Symbole begeistert.
After accepting the legacy of Cornelius Gurlitt, next steps are being taken after the Kunstmuseum Bern, the German Federal Government, and the Free State of Bavaria signed the agreement in Berlin on 24 November, 2014, and thus formally sealed it. As promised by the Kunstmuseum Bern, in the interests of transparency it is now making public the lists of the artworks that were discovered in Cornelius Gurlitt’s flat in the Schwabing district of Munich and his house in Salzburg.
Nakis Panayotidis. Seeing the Invisible, 21.11.2014 - 15.03.2015
Nakis Panayotidis was born in 1947 in Athens. After having studied architecture and the fine arts in Turin and Rome, he settled in Switzerland in 1973. Ever since he has been living and working in both Bern and on the Greek island Serifos, one of the Cyclades. In 1994, the first large Nakis Panayotidis exhibition to take place in a museum was mounted at the Kunstmuseum Bern. Twenty years later, after many further international solo exhibitions of his work, the Kunstmuseum Bern is devoting a comprehensive retrospective to this multifaceted artist and leading representative of Arte Povera.