For the very first time, the Museum of Fine Arts Berne is mounting a special exhibition that takes an intensive look at the modern masters collection from the angle of its acquisition history. With its own funds, the museum only purchased a small proportion of the items in the collection, which boasts major works by artists such as Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Franz Marc, or Pablo Picasso. Indeed, numerous private collectors and further institutions donated artworks to the museum as endowments, bequests, gifts, or permanent loans. A number of the pieces were accrued when the Nazis sorted them out of German museums from 1937 onward. Therefore the exhibition highlights issues such as "degenerate art" or "intellect as a national defense mechanism” in Switzerland.
Significant portions of Uli Sigg's collection will be on display in a joint exhibition by Kunstmuseum Bern and Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland and afterwards will travel in a reduced version to MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art in Vienna, Austria, before substantial parts of the Swiss collector’s holdings move to Hong Kong as a donation. Some 150 recent works from the Sigg and M+ Sigg Collections will be presented in Bern from 19 February until 19 June 2016 and thus reflect today’s China.
Fenster zur Gegenwart - Werke aus der Sammlung
Während für die Entdeckung neuer Talente der Blick meistens stramm auf den Künstlernachwuchs gerichtet wird, gibt es ebenso immer wieder kaum beachtete Schätze einer reiferen Generation zu heben. Katharina Henkings Werk gehört zu diesen Gärten, die im Verborgenen blühen, obwohl es sich durch stete Experimentierlust und gestalterische Innovation auszeichnet. Das Kunstmuseum Bern zeigt vier neu erworbene Werke, welche unter anderem in Auseinandersetzung mit dem Holzfäller (1910) von Ferdinand Hodler in unserer Sammlung entstanden sind.
The exhibition Modern Masters: “Degenerate” Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Berne presents, for the first time ever, the acquisition history of the Kunstmuseum Bern’s collection. The show is mounting masterpieces by Pablo Picasso through to August Macke viewed from the perspective of their accession history, leading us into a dark chapter of the past. For example, the exhibition includes works that the Nazis branded as “degenerate” and confiscated from German museums. The show seeks to palpably illustrate the research on its collection, based on examples, and inform our audience about the complexities involved in issues of provenance.
‘Chinese Whispers’ is a reflection of and on modern China. From 19 February until 19 June 2016, the joint exhibition by Kunstmuseum Bern and Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern showcases significant portions of Uli Sigg’s collection. Before the Swiss collector’s donation is transferred to Hong Kong, around 150 recent works from the Sigg and M+ Sigg Collections will be on public display in the Swiss capital city. This major exhibition will be accompanied by events such as a series of panel talks with guests including artist Ai Weiwei and architect Jacques Herzog. Both institutions will also present fascinating educational and further supporting programmes.