Exhibitions 27.05.2016 – 02.07.2016

Kunstmuseum Bern @ PROGR Katharina Henking

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.

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Exhibitions 08.04.2016 – 14.05.2016

Kunstmuseum Bern @ PROGR Christian Vetter

Fenster zur Gegenwart - Werke aus der Sammlung

In Zusammenarbeit mit dem chinesischen Künstler Ai Weiwei und mit Hilfe der Stiftung GegenwART und ihrem Mäzen Dr. h.c. Hansjörg Wyss konnte das Kunstmuseum Bern zwischen 2006 bis Anfang 2008 sechs Kunstschaffenden einen Atelieraufenthalt in Beijing von je sechs Monaten ermöglichen. Der Maler Christian Vetter war 2007 einer der Stipendiaten und verbrachte die erste Jahreshälfte im für diese Zwecke eingerichteten Wohnatelier. Die im „Fenster zur Gegenwart“ ausgestellten Arbeiten aus der Sammlung der Stiftung GegenwART entstanden während dieser Zeit in Beijing und werden durch neue Malereien ergänzt, die im Schaffen des Künstlers eine vergleichbare Neuorientierung kennzeichnen wie es vormals auch die in China entstandenen Werke taten.

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Exhibitions 07.04.2016 – 21.08.2016

Modern Masters “Degenerate” Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Berne

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.

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Exhibitions 26.02.2016 – 26.03.2016

Kunstmuseum Bern @ PROGR Credit Suisse Förderpreis Videokunst 2016

Stine Eriksen, Choreography # 2

Stine Eriksens «Choreography # 2» (2015, Full-HD-Video, Farbe, Ton, 7’06’) ist das Gewinnerwerk des Credit Suisse Förderpreis Videokunst 2016. Die Videoarbeit ist der zweite Teil einer Videotrilogie, die die Funktion von Sprache als Mechanismus zur Schaffung von Bedeutung infrage stellt.

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Exhibitions 27.11.2015 – 13.03.2016

Ricco Wassmer 1915-1972. His Centenary Birthday

The lost paradise of childhood, willowy youths and a yearning for far-off places: these are the dominant subjects in the rather surreal paintings of the Swiss artist Ricco Wassmer. On the occasion of his centenary birthday, the Kunstmuseum Bern is presenting a comprehensive retrospective of his oeuvre with over 200 loans, many of which the public will be able to view for the very first time.

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Exhibitions 23.10.2015 – 21.02.2016

Silvia Gertsch, Xerxes Ach: Embracing Sensation

Silvia Gertsch (b. 1963) paints children and young people while they play, sunbathe or stroll in the streets in her oil-behind-glass paintings. Xerxes Ach’s (b. 1957) abstract color field paintings are devoted to micro-phenomena created by the way light reacts with various types of surfaces. Despite their different modes of expressing themselves in art, both these Bernese artists take recourse to the same motifs: knowledge acquired via the sensations and the transitoriness of life.

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Exhibitions 23.10.2015 – 06.12.2015

Kunstmuseum Bern @ PROGR Pascal Danz

Fenster zur Gegenwart - Werke aus der Sammlung

Pascal Danz (1961-2015) gehört zu den wichtigsten Malern seiner Generation und hat seine ersten Ausstellungserfahrungen in Bern gesammelt. Seine zugleich sinnenfreudige und konzeptuell forschende Malerei forscht auf einem persönlichen Bildarchiv, das ihm seit 1996 die Malvorlagen gibt und ihm erlaubt, den Erscheinungsformen sowie Rezeptionsbedingungen der Wirklichkeit in der Malerei nachzugehen.

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Exhibitions 18.09.2015 – 17.10.2015

Kunstmuseum Bern @ PROGR Lena Maria Thüring

Fenster zur Gegenwart - Werke aus der Sammlung

Die Videoarbeiten von Lena Maria Thüring sind intensive Auseinandersetzungen mit soziokulturellen und soziopolitischen Themen unserer Zeit. Ausgangspunkt sind ausgedehnte Gespräche und Interviews mit Menschen, die das Interesse der Künstlerin wecken. Die mündlich überlieferten biographischen Erzählungen thematisieren beispielsweise Familiengeschichten oder das Aufwachsen in Krisengegenden, werden von der Künstlerin jedoch schriftlich verdichtet und neu formuliert. Aus Transkriptionen entstehen so Skripte, die anschliessend meistens von SchauspielerInnen vor der Kamera aufgeführt werden. So findet in mehrfacher Hinsicht ein Übersetzungsprozess statt, mit Hilfe dessen die Erinnerungen an ein individuelles Schicksal gelöst und stattdessen in seiner systemischen Struktur beleuchtet werden.

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Exhibitions 16.09.2015 – 01.11.2015

Max Buri zum 100. Todestag Kleine Sammlungspräsentation als Hommage

Das Kunstmuseum Bern verfügt über ein vielfältiges Konvolut an Gemälden des Schweizer Malers Max Buri (1868-1915). Eine kleine Präsentation im Vestibül anlässlich des 100. Todestages gibt Einblick in das Schaffen des Künstlers (bis 1. November 2015).

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Exhibitions 16.09.2015 – 03.01.2016

Peter Stein (1922-2015) – eine kleine Hommage Kleine Sammlungspräsentation als Hommage

Das Kunstmuseum Bern besitzt eine grosse Gruppe an Gemälden und Arbeiten auf Papier des Berner Künstlers Peter Stein (1922-2015). Eine kleine, neu eingerichtete Werkpräsentation rückt das vielseitige Schaffen des vor einigen Wochen verstorbenen Malers, Graphikers und Zeichners ins Bewusstsein.

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Exhibitions 28.08.2015 – 03.01.2016

Toulouse-Lautrec and Photography (prolonged until 3.1.16)

While never taking pictures himself, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901) often had himself and his models photographed. Indeed, his photographic eye hardly found an equal among contemporary artists. This is evidenced by his unrelenting portrayals of the Parisian nightclub district as well as the wide-angle perspective he liked to use for his scenes—and not least by his daring compositions. The exhibition juxtaposes the paintings, drawings, lithographs and posters executed by this world-famous artist with contemporary photographs, many of which he used as models for his work.

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Exhibitions 14.08.2015 – 12.09.2015

Kunstmuseum Bern @ PROGR Denis Savary

Denis Savary arbeitet mit unterschiedlichen Medien wie Skulptur, Zeichnung, Film aber auch Performances und Installation. Seine Werke sind häufig eingebunden in komplexe Bezugsysteme unterschiedlicher Referenzen aus der Kunst- und Literaturgeschichte. Denis Savary bedient sich bei Fakten und Fiktionen, webt zugleich Verweise auf eigene, frühere Werke mit ein und konstruiert so aus alten Geschichten neue Realitäten.

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Exhibitions 22.05.2015 – 11.07.2015

Kunstmuseum Bern @ PROGR Stefan Burger

Fenster zur Gegenwart - Werke aus der Sammlung

Stefan Burger kombiniert in seinen Arbeiten diverse Medien wie Installation, Fotografie, Fotocollage, Video und Skulptur, und hinterfragt so die Präsentationsformen und Produktionsbedingungen von Kunst. Er thematisiert das Verhältnis zwischen dem Künstler als Produzent und dem Kunstwerk als gestalterische Lösung ebenso wie die Beziehung zwischen Kunstwerk und Ausstellungsbesucher.

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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 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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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 06.03.2015 – 04.04.2015

Kunstmuseum Bern @ PROGR Credit Suisse Förderpreis Videokunst 2015

André Mayr. Vampyroteuthis

André Mayrs «Vampyroteuthis» (2014, HD-Video, Farbe, Ton, 8:03 Min.) ist das Gewinnerwerk des Credit Suisse Förderpreis Videokunst 2015. Es handelt sich um einen eigenwilligen Experimentalfilm, der sich an den gleichnamigen philosophischen Essay von Vilém Flusser anlehnt.

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Exhibitions 30.01.2015 – 28.02.2015

KUNSTMUSEUM BERN @ PROGR Philipp Gasser

Fenster zur Gegenwart - Werke aus der Sammlung

Philipp Gassers zweite grosse, «kosmologisch» zu nennende Medien-Installation «1000 Teilchen (beschleunigt)» erfüllt das Gemüt der Besucher im Raum des Kunstmuseum Bern im PROGR mit einer Andachtsstimmung ohnegleichen. Hier wird ein White Cube zur hermetisch abgedunkelten Black Box umgebaut, um gleichzeitig interstellare, lebensweltliche wie subatomare Stimmungsbilder hervorzurufen.

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Exhibitions 21.11.2014 – 15.03.2015

Nakis Panayotidis. Seeing the Invisible

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.

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Exhibitions 31.10.2014 – 06.12.2014

KUNSTMUSEUM BERN @ PROGR Pavel Büchler und Franz Gertsch

Fenster zur Gegenwart - Werke aus der Sammlung / In Zusammenarbeit mit BONE 17 Festival für Aktionskunst in Bern

Gezeigt werden Werke aus der Sammlung von Pavel Büchler (Lou Reed) und Franz Gertsch (Patti Smith) in Zusammenarbeit mit BONE 17 Festival für Aktionskunst in Bern.

(03. - 06.12.2014, Eröffnung: Dienstag, 02.12.2014, 18h)

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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 24.10.2014 – 01.02.2015

Bethan Huws: Reading Duchamp, Research Notes 2007-2014

Artistic research

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. 

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Exhibitions 26.09.2014 – 25.10.2014

KUNSTMUSEUM BERN @ PROGR Cécile Wick

Fenster zur Gegenwart - Werke aus der Sammlung

Cécile Wick gehört zu den bedeutenden Künstlerinnen der Schweiz, welche die bildnerischen Möglichkeiten der Fotografie bis heute radikal erweitern und erneuern. Im Fenster zur Gegenwart im PROGR zeigt das Kunstmuseum Bern Werke von Cécile Wick aus der Sammlung.

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Exhibitions 19.09.2014 – 08.02.2015

Color and I. Augusto Giacometti

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.

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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 06.06.2014 – 05.07.2014

KUNSTMUSEUM BERN @ PROGR Raymond Pettibon

Fenster zur Gegenwart - Werke aus der Sammlung

Der 1957 in Tuscon (Arizona) geborene Künstler und Comiczeichner Raymond Pettibon hat ein bildnerisches Universum geschaffen, das den Kern der amerikanischen Kultur auf subversive Weise kommentiert und eine Vielfalt verschiedener Stimmen in sich vereint. Seine hauptsächlich in schwarzer Tusche gefertigten Zeichnungen zeigen in comicartiger Verkürzung aus dem Leben gegriffene Situationen, welche den Alltag als eine Welt der kriminellen Impulse und der missbräuchlichen Machtbeziehungen darstellt. Er mischt ‚high‘ mit ‚low‘ und formuliert mit klaren Konturen, harter Schraffur und düsterem Schattenwurf eine schonungslose Abrechnung mit dem ‚American Way of Life“. Das Kunstmuseum Bern zeigt eine Auswahl der Werke aus eigenen Beständen und konterkariert damit den Beginn der warmen und hellen Jahreszeit.

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Exhibitions 27.05.2014 – 21.09.2014

Art, Madness — Chocolate. Adolf Wölfli

New approaches to Wölfli

In 2013 the heirs of Paul Haldemann donated the drawing "Vusli=aana:Vulkan. Gross-Gross-Keiserinn Adolfina" (Vusli=aana:Volcano. Great Great Empress Adolfina ) to the Adolf Wölfli Foundation. Haldemann was the son of the janitor at Waldau Psychiatric Clinic and became personally acquainted with Adolf Wölfli, who gave him the drawing as a present in 1920. In 1924, while he was training to become a teacher, Haldemann gave a talk on Wölfli and his art. His talk and the drawing are shown in the current exhibition for the first time. 

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Exhibitions 09.05.2014 – 31.05.2014

KUNSTMUSEUM BERN @ PROGR Marianne Mueller

Fenster zur Gegenwart - Werke aus der Sammlung

Im Ausstellungsraum des Kunstmuseums Bern im PROGR sind vier Fotografien von Marianne Mueller aus dem Jahr 1998 zu sehen. Dies erlaubt die Begegnung mit einer Künstlerin, welche in den Neunziger Jahren schlagartig für ihre intimen Betrachtungen bekannt wurde. Seit den Neunziger Jahren entstand daraus ein immenses Archiv von Alltagsbildern – Video oder Fotografie –, welche sie mit einem absichtslos umherschweifenden Blick einfing, und diese in wechselnden Ausstellungen oder für Buchprojekte stets neu arrangiert.

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Exhibitions 12.04.2014 – 20.07.2014

Bill Viola: Passions

An exhibition by Kunstmuseum Bern in collaboration with the Community of the Cathedral of Berne

Bill Viola (b. 1951 in New York) is generally seen as one of the leading international representatives of video art. For over 30 years he has been working with video tapes, video installations, sound environments, electronic-music performances and TV productions. In 1995 and 2007, Viola’s presentation of his art at the Venice Biennial was highly acclaimed. It therefore comes as a surprise that since his first solo exhibition in 1993 at the Musée des Beaux-Arts Lausanne his work has only been shown in group exhibitions in Switzerland. A coming solo exhibition will change this situation and will be taking place both at the Cathedral of Berne and at the Kunstmuseum Bern.

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Exhibitions 28.03.2014 – 26.04.2014

KUNSTMUSEUM BERN @ PROGR Marcel Gähler

Fenster zur Gegenwart - Werke aus der Sammlung

The draftsman and painter from Winterthur always has a camera with him when he is out and about taking pictures of insignificant locations—of waste land, garden plots and forests between dusk and dawn, when it is raining or snowing. The photographs are mostly blurred. They are predestined to be used for producing hyperrealistic oilpaintings, watercolors and drawings. Consciousness for what the hurried and passing glance first missed results from the slow process of making a drawing of the whole photograph or of a small detail from it. In this way the ambience of the sheets becomes emotionally charged, and internal landscapes, distant memories and a confusion of feelings unfold before our eyes.

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Exhibitions 07.03.2014 – 24.08.2014

Open Sesame! Anker, Hodler, Segantini... Masterpieces from the Foundation for Art, Culture and History

Insights into a tremendous treasure vault

Winterthur patron of the arts Bruno Stefanini (*1924) established the Stiftung für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte (Foundation for Art, Culture and History) in 1980. In the 1950s he began purchasing small-format pictures by Robert Zünd. Over the decades Stefanini accumulated an impressive collection of some 8,000 artworks that offers an encyclopaedic overview of the whole spectrum of artistic creation in Switzerland from the 18th to the early 20th century. 

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Exhibitions 28.02.2014 – 15.03.2014

KUNSTMUSEUM BERN @ PROGR Credit Suisse Förderpreis Videokunst 2014

Nicolas Cilins: Stalin’s World

In der dritten Ausgabe des Credit Suisse Förderpreis Videokunst wurde «Stalin’s World» von Nicolas Cilins ausgezeichnet - ein vielschichtiger Video-Essay über den Umgang mit Geschichte und ihren Monumenten im postsowjetischen Litauen.

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Exhibitions 31.01.2014 – 18.05.2014

Markus Raetz. Prints Sculptures

Researcher of artistic perception

Markus Raetz, geboren 1941, ist einer der renommiertesten Berner Künstler der Gegenwart und eine zentrale Figur der Generation von „künstlerischen Wahrnehmungsforschern“.

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Exhibitions 24.01.2014 – 14.02.2014

KUNSTMUSEUM BERN @ PROGR Velimir Ilisevic

Fenster zur Gegenwart - Werke aus der Sammlung

Velimir Ilisevic wurde 1965 in Sisak (ehemals Jugoslawien) geboren und lebt seit 1989 in der Schweiz. Seine Gemälde und Zeichnungen zeigen Gesehenes, Erlebtes und Erinnertes. Doch die ausgeschnittenen Flächen und ausgefransten Flecken lassen den Betrachter im Ungewissen und geben ihm Rätsel auf. Die beiden im Kunstmuseum Bern @ PROGR gezeigten Gemälde wurden 2013 für die Sammlung erworben. Sie werden zusammen mit aktuellen Zeichnungen präsentiert.

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Exhibitions 17.01.2014 – 27.04.2014

Samuel Hieronymus Grimm (1733-1794). A Very English Swiss

An exceptionally gifted illustrator and caricaturist

Samuel Hieronymus Grimm (1733-1794) is being presented in a comprehensive exhibition for the very first time. He pursued a career as topographer, illustrator, caricaturist and painter of watercolors, acquiring quite a reputation especially in England. 

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Exhibitions 29.11.2013 – 06.04.2014

Germaine Richier. Retrospective

Exceptional artist in the development of sculpture

No major exhibition on the developments of 20th-century sculpture fails to feature Germaine Richier (1902-1959). All in all, she is indeed a highly exceptional artist. Her entire oeuvre is oriented toward humankind and finding appropriate semblances that express humanity. As Germaine Richier once said about her art: “humanity alone counts.” 

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Exhibitions 25.10.2013 – 07.12.2013

Kunstmuseum Bern @ PROGR Marina Abramovic

Fenster zur Gegenwart - Werke aus der Sammlung

Marina Abramović gehört zu den herausragenden und prägenden Performance-Künstlerinnen ihrer Zeit. Anlässlich von BONE 16 zeigt das Kunstmuseum Bern im PROGR Werke von Marina Abramovic aus der Sammlung.

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Exhibitions 23.10.2013 – 15.12.2013

Mexico Mirrored in its Art
Prints, Independence, and Revolution

Presentation of works from the collection

Under the aegis of the Mexican Embassy, the Kunstmuseum Bern is presenting 51 prints and a piece of sculpture that were generously donated by the Mexican Government to the museum as a token of the long-standing friendship and exceptional cooperation between Mexico and Switzerland.

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Exhibitions 18.10.2013 – 09.02.2014

The Weak Sex – How Art Pictures the New Male

Masculinity Under Scrutiny

This themed group exhibition is our contribution to the discussion on new role definitions of the male gender, a topic that has long been on the agenda of academia and popular culture. Works by artists of both sexes will address the issue of how contemporary art stages male role models and masculinity, critically scrutinizing the content of the same.

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Exhibitions 04.10.2013 – 19.10.2013

KUNSTMUSEUM BERN @ PROGR Luzia Hürzeler

Fenster zur Gegenwart - Werke aus der Sammlung

Die Schweizer Künstlerin Luzia Hürzeler macht in Ihren Arbeiten das Flüchtige und Momenthafte zum Thema. So auch in der Videoaktion «Selbstporträt für die Katz» (2006), die im Rahmen einer Sammlungspräsentation im Kunstmuseum Bern @ PROGR zu sehen ist.

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Exhibitions 20.09.2013 – 05.01.2014

Feu sacré. On the Occasion of the 200th Anniversary of the Bernische Kunstgesellschaft

Award-winning Bern artists

The Bernische Kunstgesellschaft BKG (Bern Art Society) played a decisive role in the foundation of the Kunstmuseum Bern, which opened its doors to the public in 1879. Thus, on the occasion of the BKG’s bicentennial, the Kunstmuseum Bern is dedicating an exhibition to this illustrious art society by showing works of AC Scholarship winners from 1942 to 2012. 104 artists were selected for the exhibition, each represented by an artwork that they executed at the time they received the scholarship. In this way the bicenntenial exhibition ultimately offers a comprehensive overview of 70 years of artistic creation in the Canton of Bern.

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Exhibitions 06.09.2013 – 22.09.2013

Kunstmuseum Bern @ PROGR Livia Di Giovanna: Werke aus der Sammlung

Fenster zur Gegenwart - Werke aus der Sammlung

Die junge Berner Künstlerin Livia Di Giovanna kombiniert einfache Materialien wie Holz mit Filmprojektionen zu verschachtelten Installationen. Eines Ihrer Werke aus der Museumssammlung wird im Ausstellungsraum im PROGR gezeigt.

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Exhibitions 23.08.2013 – 10.11.2013

zwischen den Worten – entre les mots – fra le parole Hommage à Mumprecht

Rudolf Mumprecht

We are inevitably fascinated by Rudolf Mumprecht’s text images and their powerful effect on us. Words such as “Zeit” (time), “Liebe" (love), “Hoffnung” (hope), or “Einklang” (harmony) stir our senses profoundly. On the occasion of Rudolf Mumprecht’s 95th birthday, the Kunstmuseum Bern is mounting an outstanding exhibition for this internationally renowned Bernese artist.

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Exhibitions 16.08.2013 – 10.11.2013

Iron and Steel. Paolo Bellini, James Licini, Josef Maria Odermatt

Famous Swiss sculptors working in iron and steel

«Iron and Steel» presents recently executed work series by Paolo Bellini, James Licini, and Josef Maria Odermatt, who are among the leading representatives of today’s art scene specializing in iron and steel sculptures in Switzerland.

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Exhibitions 21.06.2013 – 13.10.2013

The Butterflies' Ball and the Dogs' Party. Ernst Kreidolf and the Animals

The legendary book illustrator revisited

Besides flora and foliage, animals with anthropomorphic traits inhabit Ernst Kreidolf’s illustrations. The Kunstmuseum Bern has a rich collection of his drawings of grasshoppers, butterflies, cats, or dogs in its storerooms, and many of them will be shown to the public for the first time in the exhibition «Butterflies’ Ball and Dogs’ Party».

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Exhibitions 04.06.2013 – 06.07.2013

Kunstmuseum Bern @ PROGR Uriel Orlow

Werke aus der Sammlung

Uriel Orlow ist bekannt für Installationen, welche auf ausgiebigen Recherchen zu spezifischen Orten und Ereignissen basieren. Seine Werke erkunden unterdrückte Erinnerungen und Traumas. So auch das Einkanalvideo «1942 (Poznan)».

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Exhibitions 26.04.2013 – 18.08.2013

Myths and Mysteries. Symbolism and Swiss Artists

When the first symbolist works were produced in 1890, Swiss artists such as Ferdinand Hodler, or Carlos Schwabe played a pivotal role. The show «Myths and Mysteries» is presenting masterpieces of the symbolist epoch over a space of 1000 square meters, with artworks from Switzerland as well as from neighboring European countries.

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Exhibitions 24.04.2013 – 02.06.2013

AC-Stipendium Präsentation

The Bernische Kunstgesellschaft’s AC Scholarship is the most prestigious private art grant in the Canton of Bern. The exhibition taking place at the Kunstmuseum Bern comprises works submitted by the award winners as well as a selection of works by artists who competed in 2013.

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Exhibitions 13.03.2013 – 21.07.2013

Hannes Schmid – Real Stories

The Swiss photographer, filmmaker, and painter Hannes Schmid was born in 1946 in Zurich. He is one of the great visual narrators of our time. Hannes Schmid is famous since the early 1990s for his iconic staging of the Marlboro cowboys and innovative fashion shots.

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Exhibitions 07.03.2013 – 23.03.2013

CS Förderpreis Videokunst 2013

Kunstmuseum Bern @ PROGR

Das Kunstmuseum Bern und die Credit Suisse haben am 21. Feburar 2013 zum zweiten Mal den «Credit Suisse Förderpreis Videokunst» vergeben. Das Werk der Preisträgerin Muriel Kunz wird im Kunstmuseum Bern @ PROGR präsentiert.

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Exhibitions 19.02.2013 – 08.09.2013

Best of the Collection

In the first half of 2013, the space for presenting our collection will be reduced. Our greatest masterpieces, ranging from Duccio di Buoninsegna’s Maestà to Sean Scully’s Grey Wolf, will be hung in groups ordered chronology and thematically.

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Exhibitions 07.02.2013 – 23.02.2013

Kunstmuseum Bern @ PROGR Michael Günzburger «und dann nie mehr»

Aus der Sammlung zeigt das Kunstmuseum Bern @ PROGR eine Serie kleinformatiger Zeichnungen von Michael Günzburger, die in Folge eines Atelieraufenthalts in Indien entstanden sind.

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Exhibitions 30.11.2012 – 01.04.2013

Itten–Klee. Cosmos of Color

Mutual Inspiration

The exhibition will investigate the artistic confrontation between Johannes Itten and Paul Klee on the subject of color. In the process the show will explore related aspects such as color and esoteric notions, aura and harmony of color, color and abstraction, color and nature, and color division.

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Exhibitions 09.11.2012 – 24.02.2013

«Zur Unzeit gegeigt...» Otto Nebel, Painter and Poet

Language and Image

On the occasion of Otto Nebel’s (1892-1973) 120th birthday, the exhibition will be showing for the first time the entire oeuvre of this artist and author who lived in Bern for many decades.

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Exhibitions 25.10.2012 – 08.12.2012

Kunstmuseum Bern @ Progr
Carlo Lischetti

Der in Brugg geborene Künstler Carlo E. Lischetti (1946–2005) lebte seit 1966 in Bern und war Vieles gleichzeitig: Maler, Schriftsteller, Ak-tionskünstler, Philosoph, Schauspieler, Filmemacher, Performance-künstler und zeitweise Berner Stadtrat (1973–1976).

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Exhibitions 19.10.2012 – 10.02.2013

Meret’s Sparks. Surrealisms in Contemporary Swiss Art

Meret Oppenheim: Inspiration for artists today

The exhibition investigates Meret Oppenheim’s legacy and her impact on recent Swiss art in homage to this famous Swiss woman artist, who would have celebrated her hundredth birthday in 2013. At the same time, the show will scrutinize the role of contemporary surrealism.

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Exhibitions 04.10.2012 – 20.10.2012

Kunstmuseum Bern @ Progr
Quynh Dong «Karaoke Night»

Karaoke Night ist die Videoarbeit der jungen Berner Künstlerin Quynh Dong. Im Oktober 2012 wird das Werk im Ausstellungsraum des Kunstmuseums Bern im PROGR gezeigt.

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Exhibitions 06.09.2012 – 30.09.2012

Biennale Bern
Kunstmuseum Bern @ PROGR

Works by Maria Eichhorn and Silke Wagner

«Kapital» ist das Thema der Biennale Bern 2012. Als Teil davon zeigt das Kunstmuseum Bern @ PROGR Werke von Maria Eichhorn und Silke Wagner.

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Exhibitions 29.08.2012 – 16.09.2012

Christian Grogg
Walk The Line

mit Fotografien von, Alexander Jaquemet, Adrian Scheidegger und Thomas Telley

mit Fotografien von
Alexander Jaquemet
Adrian Scheidegger / Thomas Telley

Am Dienstag, 28. August wird im Kunstmuseum Bern das Buch "Walk The Line" zum Kunst-am-Bau-Projekt von Christian Grogg vorgestellt und gleichzeitig eine Ausstellung dazu eröffnet mit Fotoarbeiten, Zeichnungen und der goldenen „Kurve“ als Skulptur. Sie gibt Einblick in das Projekt im und um das Jugendheim Prêles, einem Massnahmenzentrum für männliche Jugendliche zwischen 15 und 22 Jahren. Die Publikation widmet sich der Frage, weshalb und wozu Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Platz finden soll. Eine Frage, die gerade auch in Bezug auf gesellschaftlich abgelegene Situationen von grosser Brisanz und Aktualität ist.

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Exhibitions 28.08.2012 – 14.10.2012

Homage to Herbert Distel

Works from the Kunstmuseum Bern Collection

To celebrate Bern artist Herbert Distel’s 70th birthday (b. 1942), the Kunstmuseum Bern is putting together a small homage in a gallery-sized exhibition. In it we plan to give a concentrated overview of his art with works from the collection representing various phases in the artist's creative development. 

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Exhibitions 05.08.2012 – 01.09.2012

Kunstmuseum Bern @ PROGR Credit Suisse Förderpreis Videokunst

Der Credit Suisse Förderpreis Videokunst 2012 wurde in diesem Winter das erste Mal durchgeführt. Der Preis wurde von der Jury an De La Fuente Oscar De Franco (*1977) aus Zürich vergeben.

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Exhibitions 06.07.2012 – 11.11.2012

Antonio Saura. The Retrospective

A Great 20th-century Painter

Antonio Saura (1930-1998) counts as one of the key artists of the 20th century and is one of the leading champions of Spanish painting in his times. We find his work presented in most prominent collections of modern art all over the world. 

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Exhibitions 01.06.2012 – 02.09.2012

Zarina Bhimji

A Poetic Approach to Post-colonial History

In collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery, London, the Kunstmuseum Bern is presenting the first retrospective on Zarina Bhimji, British photographer, filmmaker, and installation artist. Voicing criticism of her times with a gentle lyricism, Bhimji promotes confrontation with the difficult social issues of migration, globalization, and post-colonial history in her work.

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Exhibitions 11.05.2012 – 30.06.2012

Kunstmuseum Bern @ PROGR
Kotscha Reist: Echoes. Paintings

Works from the Collection

In conjunction with the publication of Kotscha Reist’s new monography, the Kunstmuseum Bern is presenting works by the Bernese artist from its own collection together with an additional selection of paintings.

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Exhibitions 28.03.2012 – 12.08.2012

«... die Grenzen überfliegen». Hermann Hesse the Painter

The Poet as Painter

Together with the Hermann Hesse Museum in Montagnola, the Kunstmuseum Bern is presenting the first retrospective of Hermann Hesse’s paintings to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the artist and famous author’s decease.

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Exhibitions 09.03.2012 – 24.06.2012

Sean Scully. «Grey Wolf» – Retrospective

Large-format Atmospheric Abstraction

The Kunstmuseum Bern is showing a retrospective of Irish-American artist Sean Scully (b. 1945), a leading representative of abstract art. The exhibition is a joint production of the Kunstmuseum Bern and Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, and was planned in close collaboration with the artist himself. This enables the Kunstmuseum Bern to provide an overview of Sean Scully’s key paintings from all phases in his creative development. 

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Exhibitions 02.03.2012 – 06.05.2012

«Industrious» - Marco Grob & hiepler, brunier,

International Fine Art Photography

As a large-scale project for the centennial anniversary of the Swiss-based international Holcim group, portrait photographer Marco Grob and photographers David Hiepler and Fritz Brunier took pictures of employees and production plants around the World. This laid the foundations for realizing a truly unique artistic investigation. The exhibition will show photographic works of outstanding quality while also documenting how professional commercial photography developed into fine art photography. 

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Exhibitions 01.01.2012 – 31.12.2012

Presentation of Works from the Adolf Wölfli Foundation

Outsider-Art from the Collection

The Adolf Wölfli Foundation was founded by Elka Spoerri (1924-2002). The Foundation administers the estate of the “writer, poet, artist and composer” Adolf Wölfli (1864-1930) and, since its founding in 1975, enjoys guest status at the Museum of Fine Arts Bern. 

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Exhibitions 03.12.2011 – 12.02.2012

«Passion and Painting» Russian Art since 1970

A private passion for contemporary Russian art

The Kunstmuseum Bern is organizing an exhibition that gives fascinating insights into Arina Kowner’s extensive collection of Russian contemporary art. The collection comprises 200 works by 46 artists from the period dating from 1970 to 2008. The museum will be showing pictures by famous Russian nonconformist artists as well as works that were executed after 1989. 

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Exhibitions 18.10.2011 – 12.02.2012

«The Mystery of the Body» Berlinde De Bruyckere in Dialogue with Lucas Cranach and Pier Paolo Pasonli

Deeply moving figures

The Kunstmuseum Bern is presenting the largest monographic exhibition of works by Berlinde De Bruyckere (b. 1964) hitherto shown in Europe. The Flemish artist creates deceptively real sculptures and touching drawings of human bodies suffering. The presentation brings them into a dialogue with the works of the German Renaissance painter Lucas Cranach and the Italian film maker Pier Paolo Pasolini.

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Exhibitions 23.09.2011 – 08.01.2012

«Anna Blume and I» Drawings by Kurt Schwitters

The “Merz” artist’s diverse works

The Kunstmuseum Bern is presenting an exhibition of Kurt Schwitters’ (1887–1948) art in its manifold forms to the public. The show substantiates the fact that Schwitters goes way beyond being “just” the Merz artist who revolutionized collages by creating pictures using cuttings from newspapers, advertisements, and throwaway images. His works embrace many different styles, ranging from Dada through constructivism to virtually surrealist artistic statements.

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Exhibitions 14.09.2011 – 08.01.2012

«Rectangle and Square» From Picasso to Judd – Rupf Foundation Acquisitions

Insights into the wealth of the outstanding Rupf Foundation collection

At the beginning of the 20th century, Hermann and Margrit Rupf laid the foundations for a collection now seen as one of the leading of its kind for European modern art. Not only the vast number of high-profile artworks makes this collection remarkable but also the fact that Hermann Rupf acquired the majority of them in the same year they were executed. Because a foundation was established in the Kunstmuseum Bern in the 1950s, the collection is open to the public and, right up to the present, being constantly enlarged. The exhibition “Rectangle and Square”. From Picasso to Judd – Rupf Foundation Acquisitions will, for the first time, give a comprehensive view of the acquisitions accumulated by the foundation since it was established. 

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Exhibitions 19.08.2011 – 11.03.2012

Amiet. «Joy of my Life», Eduard Gerber Collection

The artist and the collector of his works

Cuno Amiet died on July 6, 1961, aged 93 on the Oschwand in the canton of Bern after having lived an eventful life. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of this versatile artist the Kunstmuseum Bern will provide insights into one of the leading collections of Amiet's work, that is, into Eduard Gerber's private collection. Besides showing the private collection of this connoisseur, the exhibition comprises works from the Kunstmuseum Bern collection as well. The latter represents the artist’s “official” oeuvre, so that, on the whole, the exhibition offers a broad overview of Amiet’s work. 

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Exhibitions 08.07.2011 – 13.11.2011

Ernest Biéler. «Dreamt Reality»

Rediscovering a Swiss artist

Les Feuilles mortes (1899) and Les Sources (1900), the Kunstmuseum Bern owns two key works from Ernest Biéler’s (1863-1948) symbolist phase. This artist’s diverse oeuvre is well worth rediscovering. The large and comprehensive retrospective shows not only the artist’s early impressionist work together with his symbolist and realistic artworks, but also his paintings influenced by the Art Nouveau style - the zenith of Biéler's art.

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Exhibitions 07.06.2011 – 28.08.2011

Passage: Victor Surbek (1885–1975) - Works from the Collection

Spot on the artist from Bern

In the first half of the 20th century, Victor Surbek was among the leading Bernese artists who succeeded Ferdinand Hodler. In 2005 the estate’s executers dissolved the Brunnmatt district studio of the artist couple. From a still rich fund of artworks, the Kunstmuseum Bern had the privilege of selecting those it wanted to complete its collection – which hitherto comprised, among other works, the complete oeuvre of Victor Surbek’s prints.

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Exhibitions 20.05.2011 – 14.08.2011

«Endless Possibilities» Martin Ziegelmüller. An Overview of his Work

Art in Harmony with Life and Nature

The Retrospective on Martin Ziegelmüller (b. 1935) taking place simultaneously in the Kunstmuseum Bern and in the Kunsthaus Langenthal will be the first comprehensive overview of this Swiss artist’s multifaceted work. In a very palpable way, it presents the development of the artist’s subject matter from the beginning of his career to the present. While the Kunstmuseum Bern focuses on his landscapes and urban panoramas, the Kunsthaus Langenthal shows – besides landscapes depicting rivers – gouaches of working life as well as portraits of friends and acquaintances from the art scene.

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Exhibitions 20.05.2011 – 18.06.2011

Martin Ziegelmüller. Martin Ziegelmüller im Dialog mit Karin Lehmann, Monika Rechsteiner,Maja Rieder, Reto Steiner

Kunstmuseum Bern @ PROGR

Seit den 1970er-Jahren tauchen im Werk des Berner Malers Martin Ziegelmüller (*1935) immer wieder Ruinen auf. Damals waren es die zunehmende Zerstörung der Natur und das Wuchern der Städte und Autobahnen, die den naturverbundenen Künstler veranlassten, dieses Motiv aufzugreifen. In seiner Malerei gab er der Natur das Land zurück, das die Zivilisation in Beschlag genommen hatte.

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Exhibitions 14.04.2011 – 07.05.2011

Kunstmuseum Bern @ PROGR: Ingrid Wildi Merino

Als Ergänzung zur Ausstellung > DISLOCACIÓN. Kulturelle Verortung in Zeiten der Globalisierung präsentiert das Kunstmuseum Bern im PROGR die Videoarbeit ¿Aquí vive la Señora Eliana M…? (Wo wohnt Frau Eliana M...?) der Schweizer-chilenischen Künstlerin Ingrid Wildi Merino. Dieses ist der Vorläufer zum gleichzeitig im Kunstmuseum Bern gezeigten neuen Werk Arica y Norte de Chile – No lugar y lugar de todos (Arica und der Norden Chiles – Nicht-Ort und Ort für alle).

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Exhibitions 01.04.2011 – 26.06.2011

«Back from Munich» Highlights of the Collection from Seven Centuries of Swiss Art

Key works by Swiss artists from the Kunstmuseum Bern collection

The Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung presented 150 artworks from the Kunstmuseum Bern collection titled ... Giacometti, Hodler, Klee … Hosting the Kunstmuseum Bern in Munich from mid-September 2010 to January 2011. This exhibition will be open to the public also in the Kunstmuseum Bern under the title of Back from Munich from April 1 to June 26, 2011.

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Exhibitions 18.03.2011 – 19.06.2011

«DISLOCACIÓN» Cultural Location and Identity in Times of Globalization

An artistic research project

To celebrate the bicentennial of Chile’s independence, the Swiss Embassy in Santiago invited the Chilean-Swiss artist Ingrid Wildi Merino to organize an exhibition. The outcome, the exhibition project “Dislocacion” – which could already be viewed in Santiago de Chile this fall – will now be also shown in the Kunstmuseum Bern.

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Exhibitions 25.02.2011 – 01.05.2011

Picasso. «The Power of Eros» - Prints from the Georges Bloch Collection

A small but exquisite presenation: The painter and his models

Pablo Picasso continually and intensely experimented with the many very different methods of printing, producing masterly results that demonstrate his great facility. Now the Kunstmuseum Bern gives insight into the rich collection of Georges Bloch.

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Exhibitions 19.11.2010 – 06.02.2011

Kunstmuseum Bern @ PROGR: Sylvie Boisseau & Frank Westermeyer

Opening of Kunstmuseum Bern’s Showcase in the PROGR

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Exhibitions 19.11.2010 – 06.02.2011

Chinese Window «​Big Draft - Shanghai». Contemporary Art from the Sigg Collection

The collaboration with the renowned collector continues

The exhibition Mahjong: Chinese Contemporary Art from the Sigg Collection took place in the Kunstmuseum Bern in 2005. The media - nationally and internationally - was enthusiastic about the show, and, with over 40,000 visitors, it was an overwhelming success. The show presented a broad panorama of Chinese contemporary art as a lucid introduction to this segment of the art world, which hitherto had been relatively unknown in Switzerland. Initiated in 2006, the exhibition series "Chinese Windows" enables further collaboration with Uli and Rita Sigg, giving spectators the opportunity of regularly viewing these collectors' extensive collection.

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Exhibitions 19.10.2010 – 13.03.2011

Yves Netzhammer. «A Refuge for Drawbacks»

First solo exhibition in a Swiss fine art museum

After several small solo exhibitions in the Helmhaus Zürich (2003) and the Kunsthalle Winterthur (2009), Netzhammer’s works will now be exhibited in the Kunstmuseum Bern. Here previous works will be combined with new creations that were specially produced for this show, making up Yves Netzhammer’s first large-scale solo exhibition in a Swiss fine art museum. 

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Exhibitions 19.10.2010 – 13.03.2011

Works from the Adolf Wölfli-Foundation: Adolf Wölfli, the Middle Ages and the Old Masters

Small Presentation

At first glance Wöfli's drawings and pages of text with their decorative lettering and artistic interweaving of word and image seem reminiscent of medieval writings. Superficially Wölfli’s work would seem to be part of the Christian tradition in art, an idea that on closer inspection however is in need of qualification.

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Exhibitions 15.10.2010 – 20.02.2011

«Lust and Vice» The Seven Deadly Sins from Dürer to Nauman

A coproduction with the Zentrum Paul Klee

The Kunstmuseum Bern and the Zentrum Paul Klee devote a comprehensive exhibition to the seven deadly sins, targeting a fitting documentation of artistic preoccupation with this theme from medieval times to the present. The exhibition also addresses the relevance of the notion of sin in contemporary society and how our culture justifies changes in values.

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Exhibitions 10.09.2010 – 18.09.2010

Biennale Bern im Kunstmuseum Bern mit dem Zentrum Paul Klee

2010 ist auch das Kunstmuseum Bern – in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Zentrum Paul Klee – bei der zweiten Biennale Bern mit von der Partie. Während neun Tagen werden drei ausgewählte Werke von internationalen Gegenwartskünstlern zum Thema „Wut“ gezeigt, welche gleichzeitig einen kleinen Ausblick auf die grosse Themenausstellung „Lust und Laster. Die sieben Todsünden von Dürer bis Nauman“ (eine Koproduktion mit dem Zentrum Paul Klee) geben wird, zumal „ira“ (Zorn, Wut) zu den sieben Todsünden zählt.

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Exhibitions 09.07.2010 – 17.10.2010

Passage: Vaclav Pozarek. «Sixteen Shapes and more»

The Kunstmuseum Bern has a manifold conglomeration of Vaclav Pozarek's works at its disposal. This artist emigrated from Czechoslovakia to Switzerland in 1968, where he has since lived in Bern. On the occasion of his 70th birthday, a small selection of works giving insight into his art will be put on show.

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Exhibitions 11.06.2010 – 13.03.2011

«Don’t Look Now» The Collection of Contemporary Art, Part 1

Don’t Look Now: The Collection of Contemporary Art, Part 1, is the first of a series of thematic presentations of the collection from the Contemporary Art Departmentin the Kunstmuseum Bern. Such exhibitions are to take place annually.Coquettishly demanding of the public not to look now, this presentation stems from the opulent and internationally focused contemporary art collection of the Kunsthalle Bern, Kunst Heute, GegenwART, the Bernische Stiftung für Fotografie, Film und Video, as well as the Kunstmuseum Bern itself. The exhibits comprise artworks belonging to the foundations and museums as well as permanent loans. 

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Exhibitions 07.05.2010 – 19.09.2010

Albert Anker «Beautiful World»

2010 marks the centenary and commemoration of Albert Anker's death (April 1, 1831 - July 16, 1910). It will begin with festivities in Ins, and the Swiss Post will issue a special stamp as well as Swissmint a gold coin. The Kunstmuseum Bern presents an imposing and large exhibition representative of the multi-facetted oeuvre of this artist who was pivotal to Swiss art.

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Exhibitions 07.05.2010 – 19.09.2010

Chantal Michel. «Honey, Milk And First Violets». A Confrontation with Albert Anker

Albert Anker’s name has long been on Chantal Michel’s list of artists on whom she wishes to focus her artistic work. Not only were his delightful portraits among the very first artworks that she saw as a child, but she also greatly admires the painterly ingenuity of his still lifes. 

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Exhibitions 04.05.2010 – 03.08.2010

Graphic cabinet: «Chiaroscuro». Italian Colored Woodcuts of the 16th and 17th Centuries

The Kunstmuseum Bern will continue the presentations of its collection of old prints following the exhibition of graphic works by the Carracci in 2007 and Hendrick Goltzius in 2009.

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Exhibitions 19.03.2010 – 25.07.2010

Edward Burne-Jones. «The Earthly Paradise»

In the spring of 2010, the Kunstmuseum Bern will be totally under the ascendancy of the London painter and draftsman Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898). This leading protagonist of late Victorian art – a hitherto largely neglected epoch on the European continent – will be presented in Switzerland for the first time in a large-scale monographic exhibition. Organized in collaboration with the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart and its collection of major Pre-Raphaelite works, the show will bring together around one hundred paintings and drawings, furniture and glass windows of this fascinating master of English Symbolism.

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Exhibitions 02.03.2010 – 27.06.2010

Passage: Daniel Spoerri

This small homage is shown to celebrate the 80th birthday of Daniel Spoerri, the inventor of Eat Art and the master of radical assemblage art.

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Exhibitions 19.01.2010 – 25.04.2010

In the Cabinet: Tomas Kratky. Works on Paper

The Bernese artist Tomas Kratky (1961-1988), during his all too brief life, managed to leave an impressive oeuvre behind. It is regarded as a significant contribution to figurative painting of the 1980s. 

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Exhibitions 18.12.2009 – 21.03.2010

Rolf Iseli. «Layers of Time»

Since his startling emergence on the art scene in the 1950s as a wild young Tachist, Rolf Iseli (*1934) has remained one of the best known Swiss artists. This retrospective exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Bern surveys the artist's fifty-year-career by means of about one hundred works - large groups of paintings and drawings, sculptures and prints - which Iseli produced in his studio in Berne and in St. Romain in Burgundy.

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Exhibitions 20.11.2009 – 14.02.2010

«Made in China» Scholarship holders of the Stiftung GegenwART

Subsequent to the "Mahjong" exhibition (2005), efforts were made to organize an artists' exchange with China. As of 2007, with the help of the Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei an apartment-studio was set up in Beijing and made available for six months at a time to young Swiss artists. Over a period of two years, the GegenwART foundation and its patron Dr. h.c. Hansjörg Wyss supported this initiative and financed the stay of five artists/artist-couples there. These included the Geneva artists Marc Bauer, Sharyar Nashat and Pierre-Philippe Freymond, the Zurich artist Christian Vetter and the artist-brothers Cyril and Gregory Chapuisat from Founex. This group exhibition presents the artistic fruits of their exciting experiences, and also includes works by the artist Ana Roldan, who trained in Berne, is resident in Zurich and lived in the studio of the City of Zurich in Kunming for six months in 2008.

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Exhibitions 30.10.2009 – 21.02.2010

Giovanni Giacometti. «Colour in the Light»

The Kunstmuseum Bern is showing, together with the Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, a retrospective of Giovanni Giacometti's painted works. This artist produced paintings that emanate a powerful coloristic force. Around a hundred works of outstanding quality were carefully selected for the exhibition, revealing his brilliant artistic stature.

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Exhibitions 13.10.2009 – 10.01.2010

In the Cabinet: «From Ingres to Cézanne». French Drawings of the 19th century

Although the collection of 19th- and early 20th-century drawings and watercolors by international artists in the Kunstmuseum Bern is not large, it is of exceptionally high quality.

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Exhibitions 11.09.2009 – 22.11.2009

«Fury and Grace» Guercino - Baroque Drawings from the Uffizi of Florence

Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (1591-1666), who came from Cento near Bologna and was called "Il Guercino" by his contemporaries because of his squint, is one of the most important artists of the Italian Baroque era. In the course of his career as an artist, Guercino moved from a dramatic early oeuvre in which a striking chiaroscuro prevailed to the classically serene style of his mature period. His art is therefore a unique combination of the two poles between which Baroque painting in Italy hovered.

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Exhibitions 12.07.2009 – 04.10.2009

Director's Choice:«Drink o eyes» Director's Choice: Schweizer Landschaft von 1800 bis 1900

Das Bild der Schweiz als romantische Landschaft

Als spezielle Sammlungspräsentation ermöglicht die thematische Auswahl desDirektors einen neuen Einblick in die Schätze des Kunstmuseums Bern. Das Bildder Schweiz in der Kunst des 19. Jahrhunderts steht im Mittelpunkt. Motive wieFolklore und Patriotismus, Souvenirmalerei und pathetische Landschaften, wildeBergwelten und liebliche Seen, geheimnisvolle Nachtszenen und historischeSchauplätze der Eidgenossenschaft ergeben ein vielseitiges Panorama der Schweizwie es noch heute das Touristen-Bild des Landes prägt.

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Exhibitions 07.07.2009 – 04.10.2009

In the Cabinet: Hendrick Goltzius. «Engraver and Inventor»

Following the Carracci exhibition in summer 2007, the Kunstmuseum Bern is continuing the revision and presentation of its stocks of old prints with the oeuvre of the Dutch artist Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617).

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Exhibitions 01.07.2009 – 19.07.2009

«Elisabeth Steinschneider presents»

Eine fiktive Privatsammlerin zu Gast im Kunstmuseum Bern

Elisabeth Steinschneider, eine fiktive Mäzenin und Privatsammlerin aus Berlin, zeigt Teile aus ihrer Kunstsammlung. Zu sehen sind bisher unbekannte oder selten ausgestellte Werke junger, in der Schweiz lebender Künstlerinnen und Künstler: Gemälde, Zeichnungen, Installationen, Audio- und Videoarbeiten, Performances und Objekte.

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Exhibitions 24.06.2009 – 27.09.2009

Peter Radelfinger «Everbody has got a blue finger». Drawings and Animations

Witziger, hintergründiger Zeichner

Peter Radelfinger (*1953, Berne) has focussed almost exclusively on the medium of drawing since the 1980s. He has taken up an independent position in contemporary art which he gained him numerous scholarships and awards.

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Exhibitions 13.06.2009 – 18.10.2009

Ricco. New works in the collection of the Kunstmuseum Bern

Ricco Wassmer (1915-1972) is no longer an unknown in Berne. Seven years ago an extensive retrospective exhibition at the Kunstmuseum provided the opportunity to become acquainted with the idealising dream worlds of this almost forgotten outsider, whose work can be located beyond the avant-garde.

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Exhibitions 01.05.2009 – 01.06.2009

Aeschlimann Corti Stipendium der BKG Stipendium der BKG

Das Louise Aeschlimann und Margareta Corti-Stipendium der Bernischen Kunstgesellschaft ist das bedeutendste private Kunststipendium des Kantons Bern. Seit 1942 werden jährlich (bis 2008: 179) junge Berner Kunstschaffende mit einem Stipendium oder Förderpreis ausgezeichnet. 2009 steht erneut eine Preissumme von insgesamt Fr. 70'000.- zur Verfügung.

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Exhibitions 07.04.2009 – 28.06.2009

In the Cabinet: Bethan Huws. Watercolors

The Welsh artist Bethan Huws (*1961) is known mainly for her "Word Vitrines", readymades and objects. In addition to these, she continually produces autonomous works on paper which make up a group of their own.

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Exhibitions 19.03.2009 – 21.06.2009

Tracey Emin 20 Years

Star of the art scene in-between provocation and personal tragedy

Tracey Emin (born in 1963) belongs to the group of successful contemporary British artists. Becoming known in the field of Young British Artists (YBA), she gained a degree of notoriety with her uncompromising personal works in which she thematized her sexual past, her lack of schooling as well as her affinity with drugs.

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Exhibitions 06.03.2009 – 14.06.2009

Wilfrid Moser. «Milestones» - A Retrospective

Swiss Artist of the Postwar Avant-Garde

Twelve years after the death of Wilfrid Moser (1914 - 1997) his work is being presented in a retrospective thereby emphasizing his contemporary relevance.

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Exhibitions 31.01.2009 – 13.04.2009

Passage IV: Rudolf Durheim

Nach längerem Unterbruch wird die Reihe „Passage“ wieder aufgenommen. Sie ist selten gezeigten Werkgruppen der Gemälde- und Skulpturensammlung gewidmet, die für einige Monate aus dem Limbus des Depots befreit und dem Publikum vorgestellt werden.

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Exhibitions 14.11.2008 – 15.02.2009

«Ego Documents» The Autobiographical in Contemporary Art

Staging one’s own life

In her first exhibition in the Museum of Fine Arts Bern, the new curator of the contemporary department, Kathleen Bühler, will be taking as her theme what is autobiographical in contemporary art as an instrument of self-representation and self-discovery. The exhibition will be showing works from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Bern and from private collections as well as some works created expressly for the exhibition by young Swiss and international artists.

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Exhibitions 19.09.2008 – 18.01.2009

Emil Zbinden (1908 - 1991). «Time - for and against»

Neuer Blick auf Zbindens engagiertes Werk

On the occasion of the 100th birthday of the Bernese artist Emil Zbinden, this retrospective will offer the opportunity to rediscover his work with its socially aware commentary on contemporary issues.

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Exhibitions 12.09.2008 – 01.02.2009

«Im full of Byars» James Lee Byars - A Homage

Fantastic Prophet of Contemporary Art

James Lee Byars (*1932 in Detroit , † 1997 in Kairo) was one of the 20th century's most unusual and elusive artist figures. A commuter between America, Japan and Europe, Byars has a particular affinity with Bern. The Kunstmuseum Bern is now devoting a large survey exhibition to this artist.

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Exhibitions 11.06.2008 – 28.09.2008

Suzan Frecon painting «form, color, illumination»

Mysterious shapes of color

The American artist Suzan Frecon (*1941) has dedicated herself to the endeavor of painting over the pastfour decades. She feels that the ultimate achievement of her paintings would be the experience that theycould cause to the viewer. The exhibition has been installed together with the artist and is a collaborationwith the Menil Collection in Houston. After having been represented in group exhibitions at the Museum ofFine Arts Bern in 1990 and 1994, Suzan Frecon’s painterly oeuvre of the last ten years is currently shownin a concentrated overview.

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Exhibitions 28.05.2008 – 01.02.2009

«Intermezzo» The Collection in Movement

Publikumslieblinge, Kostbarkeiten, Wiederentdeckungen

Das Kunstmuseum Bern gewährt neue Einblicke in seine Sammlungsbestände. In einer thematischen Präsentation werden Werke unterschiedlicher Epochen miteinander in Dialog gestellt. Zu sehen sind Highlights aus der Sammlung, aber auch viele selten gezeigte Werke. Die Konfrontation von Alt und Neu soll auf unterhaltsame Weise veranschaulichen, wie sich der künstlerische Blick auf verschiedenste Themen verändert hat. Die Ausstellung ist in zehn Kapitel gegliedert und umfasst Malerei, Skulpturen, Zeichnungen, Fotografien und Videoarbeiten.

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Exhibitions 09.04.2008 – 06.08.2008

Ferdinand Hodler «A symbolist vision»

Hodler’s oeuvre in an unparalleled overview

The Museum of Fine Arts Bern presents one of the most important and extensive Hodler exhibitions with over 150 masterpieces of all the artist's periods. The exhibition is a collaboration of the Museum of Fine Arts Bern and the Museum of Fine Arts Budapest.

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Exhibitions 13.02.2008 – 20.04.2008

Rudolf Mumprecht. «white black red»

Maler, Zeichner und Bildpoet

Rudolf Mumprecht, painter and etcher, was born 1918 in Basel and grew up in Berne. The Kunstmuseum Bern honors Mumprecht on occaison of his 90. birthday with a presentation of a selection of his works.

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Exhibitions 01.02.2008 – 18.05.2008

«Adolf Wölfli Universe» A Retrospective

Outsider Art with World Renown

Today, Adolf Wölfli (1864-1930) is counted among the important artists of the 20th century. The exhibition presents Wölfli's personal and obsessive universe which is a unique reflection of the world he was excluded from.

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Exhibitions 01.02.2008 – 18.05.2008

«The sky is blue» Works from the Morgenthaler Collection, Waldau

The Morgenthaler Collection is of international importance. It comprises roughly 5,000 works by patients from the former cantonal “Waldau lunatic asylum, sanatorium and nursing home”. They were collected by the Bernese psychiatrist Walter Morgenthaler who was assistant medical director in the Waldau clinic from 1913 to 1920.

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Exhibitions 25.01.2008 – 27.04.2008

«There is Desire Left (Knock, Knock)» 40 years of fine arts from the Mondstudio Collection

The cosmos of contemporary painting

The Mondstudio Collection has an international reputation as one of the most important collections of contemporary painting. Without following fashionable trends, it collects painting styles from the middle of the 20th century until the present.

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Exhibitions 18.12.2007 – 24.02.2008

In the Cabinet: Mili Jäggi. Gouaches and Drawings

In 1990, the then conservator of the Paul Klee Foundation, Josef Helfenstein, presented an exhibition of works by the so far unknown Mili Jäggi (1931-2005) in the Museum of Fine Arts Bern, showing her idiosyncratic works to the public for the first time. In her will, as an expression of gratitude, Jäggi bequeathed a group of works to the museum. We were permitted to select these from her estate after her death in 2005. Together with the works bought for the first exhibition in 1990, we are now showing these important new acquisitions as a posthumous homage to the Bernese artist.

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Exhibitions 12.12.2007 – 24.02.2008

Egbert Moehsnang Presentation of large-format prints

Egbert Moehsnang überrascht mit neuen Werken

On the occasion of Egbert Moehsnang's 80th birthday the Museum of Fine Arts Bern is presenting a selection of his newest works which have never before been exhibited.

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Exhibitions 10.10.2007 – 20.04.2008

«Expression and Abstraction» The Othmar Huber Foundation

Kapitaler Sammlungszuwachs

Unter dem Titel «Expression und Abstraktion» präsentiert das Kunstmuseum Bern die hochkarätigen Werke der Stiftung Othmar Huber.

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Exhibitions 21.09.2007 – 06.01.2008

«Horn Please» Narratives in Contemporary Indian Art

India reflected in its art

Unlike Western modernisms of the 20th century that rejected the narrative in favour of the self-reflective artwork, India has had a strong tradition of figurative, narrative painting that goes back several decades. The exhibition Horn Please attempts to follow the journey of the narrative over three decades, from the 1980s to the present, by tracing certain ‘critical’ moments in Indian art – moments of both assimilation and intervention – through which a particular kind of narrative was constructed.

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Exhibitions 04.09.2007 – 02.03.2008

Passage III: W.O. Leuenberger

On the occasion of his 75th birthday, the Kunstmuseum Bern is presenting a small homage to Werner Otto Leuenberger (born December 21, 1932), in the series "Passage".

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Exhibitions 17.08.2007 – 02.12.2007

«Damned Guy!» Karl Stauffer-Bern. Painter, Etcher, Sculptor

With Sturm and Drang to great naturalistic achievements

The 2nd of September, 2007, marks the 150th birthday of Karl Stauffer-Bern. He came to public notice mainly due to the scandalous speculation surrounding his affair with Lydia Welti-Escher, daughter of the Gotthard magnate Alfred Escher. The events, the details of which are still not completely clear today and which were the subject of many books and articles, still overshadow Stauffer-Bern's deserved recognition as a significant artist and excellent portrait painter of the 19th century.

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Exhibitions 07.06.2007 – 02.09.2007

Paul Senn Photojournalist

A fresh look at Senn's oeuvre

Who has not seen them, these photographs of country people at work and while celebrating, of demonstrating workers, of the persecuted and the afflicted, of the deprived and the marginal, these "Senn pictures", pictures of people in war and crisis that have become legendary? The direct expression and unadorned manner of composition have made Paul Senn's photographs icons of Swiss life.

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Exhibitions 29.05.2007 – 05.08.2007

In the Cabinet: «Lascivie e santità» Printed works by the Carraccis

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Exhibitions 09.05.2007 – 05.08.2007

Ueli Berger Works on paper 1967 - 2007

Visuelle Denkanstösse

Ueli Berger (born in 1937 in Bern) represents one of the abiding values in Swiss art. Since the 1970s, he has been present in the most diverse locales with his installations and extremely thought-provoking happenings in public places.

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Exhibitions 27.04.2007 – 19.08.2007

«Expressionism from the mountains» Kirchner, Bauknecht, Wiegers and the Group

Fascinating mountains and inspiring relationships

This exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Bündner Art Museum Chur and the Groninger Museum , presents for the first time in such a comprehensive form the intense artistic and human exchange between Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) and a group of younger colleagues during his early years in Davos.

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Exhibitions 17.04.2007 – 20.05.2007

In the cabinet: Maria Eichhorn. «The share certificates of the Kunsthalle Bern»

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Exhibitions 16.02.2007 – 13.05.2007

Oscar Wiggli. «Body - Space - Sound» A creative output overview

Iron sculptures, music, drawings, photography, film: Sensuality in all genres

Oscar Wiggli is one of the leading artists of his generation. His contribution to metal sculpture, commencing in the 1950s, is of international significance.

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Exhibitions 07.02.2007 – 01.04.2007

Chinese Window Ji Dachun, Liu Ye

Two worlds: the masterly bizarre and the grotesquely surreal

Within the framework of the "Chinese Window", that is, the presentation of some important aspects of the Sigg Collection following on from the very successful exhibition Mahjong in 2005, we will be showing two parallel solo exhibitions from two important painters of the middle generation.

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Exhibitions 30.01.2007 – 06.05.2007

Manet - Guest in the collection «La maîtresse de Baudelaire couchée»

At the present moment, our Sunflowers are guests at the Szépmûvészeti Museum, the art museum in Budapest that is celebrating its hundredth anniversary this year with a large Van Gogh exhibition. This museum will also be hosting the large Ferdinand Hodler exhibition which is being prepared for 2008. As a sign of collegial collaboration, the Szépmûvészeti Museum is offering the Museum of Fine Arts Bern the opportunity to host an important work from its collection: Edouard Manet's La maîtresse de baudelaire couchée, 1862.

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Exhibitions 16.01.2007 – 08.04.2007

In the cabinet: Louise Bourgeois. «Fugue»

The Museum of Fine Arts Bern has been following the work of Louise Bourgeois for fifteen years in the form of exhibitions and regular purchases of her works. The main focus of the  current exhibition in the Kabinett is the newly acquired collection of graphics Fugue (2003 - 2005).

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Exhibitions 28.11.2006 – 16.12.2006

Gao Xingjian. Ink drawings

Wo die Worte aufhören, fängt das Malen an

No one was more surprised than Gao himself when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in the year 2000 for his complete works.

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Exhibitions 02.11.2006 – 21.01.2007

Six Feet Under «Autopsy of our relation to the dead»

Between not-daring-to-look and being-unable-to-look-away

Violence and death are omnipresent in the media, yet our society avoids directcontact with dead people. The corpse has been definitively removed from ourfield of vision and replaced by a new system of rituals and symbols intended tohelp us deal with the finiteness of human existence. The skull, for example, hasbeen transformed from a subcultural emblem to a chic mainstream fashion accessory;the American television production Six Feet Under featuring the family Fisher and their funeral parlour in Pasadena has become a very popular cult series, also in Europe; or Corpse Bride by Tim Burton reveals a truly amusing life after death.

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Exhibitions 03.10.2006 – 07.01.2007

«Im Lichte Tunesiens» Europäische Künstler in Nordafrika 1900 - 1925

Anlass der Kabinetts-Ausstellung ist die Heimkehr der beiden 1976 gestohlenen Klee-Aquarell ins Kunstmuseum Bern: Nachdem Der Niesen in der Rupf-Ausstellung zu sehen war, soll nun auch Mit dem braunen Kamel (1915) dem Berner Publikum vorgestellt werden.

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Exhibitions 27.09.2006 – 07.01.2007

Ernst Kreidolf and his painter friends

Ernst Kreidolf als facettenreiche Malerpersönlichkeit

Ernst Kreidolf (1863–1956) is known, not only in Switzerland, as the creator of successful and still-popular picture books such as “Blumen-Märchen”, “Die Wiesenzwerge”, “Sommervögel”, “Lenzgesind” and “Ein Wintermärchen”. The popularity of the picture book illustrator still doggedly disguises the fact that Ernst Kreidolf was first and foremost a painter and graphic artist and always regarded himself as such.

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Exhibitions 04.08.2006 – 31.12.2006

Werner Witschi. Paintings and Sculptures from the Collection

On the occasion of the 100th birthday of Werner Witschi (born June 10, 1906, in Urtenen – died December 24, 1999, in Bolligen), the Museum of Fine Arts Bern is showing a selection of paintings and sculptures by Werner Witschi from its collection.

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Exhibitions 05.07.2006 – 10.09.2006

Elsbeth Böniger Christian Indermühle «wenn die Sehnsucht mit der Oberfläche»

Erdkrusten, Erdkrümmungen, Ablagerungen

Die Doppelausstellung „Elsbeth Böniger Christian Indermühle – wenn die Sehnsucht mit der Oberfläche“ rückt die Faszination der Plastikerin und Malerin Böniger und des Fotografen Indermühle für Oberflächenstrukturen ins Zentrum. 

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Exhibitions 05.07.2006 – 10.09.2006

Christian Waldvogel. «Erdkrümmung»

Erdkrusten, Erdkrümmungen, Ablagerungen

Christian Waldvogel stellte im Jahr 2004 anlässlich der Architekturbiennale in Venedig im Schweizer Pavillon sein Projekt „Globus Cassus“ vor. Es handelt sich um den utopischen Entwurf des Umbaus der Erde in ihre ein Vielfaches grössere Antipode, den Hohlkörper Globus Cassus.

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Exhibitions 04.07.2006 – 24.09.2006

Suzan Frecon. Watercolours Works on Paper from the Graphic Collection

The American artist Suzan Frecon (born 1941) is known primarily as a painter. However, her graphic work, consisting mainly of watercolours, represents much more than mere preparation for her oil paintings.

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Exhibitions 02.06.2006 – 08.10.2006

Meret Oppenheim. Retrospective «An Enormously Tiny Bit of a Lot»

The surreal world of phantasy

Meret Oppenheim (1913-1985), once scandalous muse, mysterious model and eternal myth of the surrealists, was one of the most unconventional and far-sighted artists whose creative oeuvre – painting, sculpture, poetry, drawings and design objects – represents an extremely significant contribution to the art of the 20th century.

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Exhibitions 21.04.2006 – 09.07.2006

«Berns mächtige Zeit» Berner Kunst im 16. und 17. Jahrhundert

Anlässlich der Publikation des dritten Bandes "Berns mächtige Zeit. Das 16. und 17. Jahrhundert neu entdeckt" in der Reihe "Berner Zeiten" zeigt das Kunstmuseum Bern eine kleine Ausstellung, um jene Zeit visuell zu vergegenwärtigen.

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Exhibitions 12.04.2006 – 18.06.2006

«Travelling with Art» Stiftung Kunst Heute

The topic is travelling with art: Travelling to distant places (Marianne Müller, Ian Anüll, Mauricio Dias/Walter Riedweg, Samuel Herzog/Judith Albert), travelling in familiar spheres that disclose unfamiliar perspectives (Judith Albert, Fabrice Gygi, Yan Duyvendak, Monica Studer/Christoph v.d. Berg), travelling through inner worlds (Judith Albert, Claudia & Julia Müller, Pierre Vadi). At the same time, “while travelling”, a collection is to be shown that does not wish to be presented within the cube of the museum box, but which rather wants to present new points of view from various perspectives within as well as outside the walls of the museum.

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Exhibitions 04.04.2006 – 25.06.2006

Max Beckmann. «Jahrmarkt»

Nach dem durch die grossen Ausstellungen Mahjong und Franz Gertsch – Die Retrospektive bedingten Unterbruch gibt das Kunstmuseum in wechselnden Präsentationen wieder Einblick in die reichen Bestände seiner Graphischen Sammlung. Nachdem in den vergangenen Jahren hier vor allem die Gegenwartskunst zu Wort gekommen ist, sollen nun neben zeitgenössischen Arbeiten vermehrt auch wieder Werkgruppen aus der älteren Kunst zu sehen sein.

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Exhibitions 22.03.2006 – 11.11.2007

Serge Spitzer. «Re/Search (Alchemy and/or Question Marks with Swiss Air)» 1996 – 2002

New spatial experiences

Twenty-two years ago, Serge Spitzer was inspired by the entrance stairway of the Museum of Fine Arts Bern to an installation (“Stationen”, May 18 - July 8, 1984) which stimulated a whole new experience of spatiality and  borders. The way he questions reality without offering answers but beckoning instead towards discoveries and irritants is stimulating, and appropriate to the respective context.Therefore nothing has changed with regard to his intention and hope of being able to show what is everyday, apparently recognized and well-known in a new, subversive light in order to awaken new processes of perception and thought. The staircase of the museum shows itself in a new perceptual dimension, buoyant and full of movement.

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Exhibitions 22.03.2006 – 25.06.2006

Cécile Wick «Visions of the World»

Atmosphäre der Durchlässigkeit

Cécile Wick (born 1954) is among the most important Swiss artists of the middle generation and represents a quiet but persistent voice in contemporary photographic art. The exhibition in the Museum of Fine Arts Bern is dedicated to a so far little-known aspect of Cécile Wick’s work. It offers a comprehensive overview of the print works created in the last ten years.

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Exhibitions 22.03.2006 – 21.05.2006

Serge Spitzer. «Um die Ecke - Round the Corner»

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Exhibitions 15.03.2006 – 18.06.2006

«Sam Francis and Berne»

The friendship that arose in Paris in 1954 between the director of the Bernese Kunsthalle Arnold Rüdllinger and the Californian artist Sam Francis was the beginning of Sam Francis’s intense relationship with the city of Bern.

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Exhibitions 11.03.2006 – 07.05.2006

«Guangzhou» Cantonese Artists in the Sigg Collection

Chinafenster im Kunstmuseum Bern

The very successful exhibition "Mahjong. Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection" (2005) presented by the Museum of Fine Arts Bern offered a panoramic view of contemporary Chinese art. As of this year, Uli and Rita Sigg are making further works from their collection available for an annual" Window on China" in the museum.

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Exhibitions 02.12.2005 – 26.02.2006

Rupf Collection «Cubism in the Corridor»

Hochkarätiges privat gesammelt

The exhibition presents a closer look at the superlative collection which includes such signifi-cant genres as Fauvism (Derain, Friesz) and Cubism (Braque, Picasso, Gris and Léger), as well as works by Klee and Kandinsky.

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Exhibitions 16.11.2005 – 08.01.2006

BERN/GEGENWART Natusko Tamba Wyder

Eine neue Installation von Natsuko Tamba Wyder im Kunstmuseum Bern.

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Exhibitions 16.11.2005 – 08.01.2006

BERN/GEGENWART Rolf Siegenthaler. «Im November»

Bilder aus dem winterlichen Island

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Exhibitions 13.11.2005 – 12.03.2006

Franz Gertsch. The Retrospective

For the occasion of Franz Gertsch’s 75th birthday, the museum franz gertsch is compiling a truly comprehensive retrospective of his works in cooperation with the Museum of Fine Arts Bern. The exhibition will be shown from November 13, 2005, to March 12, 2006, in both museums.

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Exhibitions 13.06.2005 – 16.10.2005

Mahjong Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection

Uli Sigg has been following the evolution of contemporary Chinese art from its beginnings in 1979 and, together with his wife Rita, has been the first to collect Chinese contemporary art in a systematic way since the 1990s.

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Exhibitions 05.05.2005 – 22.05.2005

Louise Aeschlimann und Margareta Corti Stipendium

Stipendium der Bernischen Kunstgesellschaft

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Exhibitions 06.04.2005 – 29.05.2005

Brennpunkt Schweiz Positionen in der Videokunst seit 1970

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Exhibitions 06.04.2005 – 29.05.2005

BERN/GEGENWART Hochschule der Künste Bern

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