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.
The exhibition has been extended until 25.09.2016 at Kunstmuseum Bern
Challenging the traditional roles assigned to women within Mexican society, for the first time works of the following contemporary Mexican women artists are being exhibited together in Switzerland: Teresa Serrano (*1936), Ximena Cuevas (*1963), Betsabeé Romero (*1963), Teresa Margolles (*1963), Claudia Fernández (*1965), Melanie Smith (*1965), and Maruch Sántiz Gómez (*1975). Their photos, videos, objects and installations, all of which are on loan from the Daros Latinamerica Collection (Zurich), cast a subversive light on the dominant hierarchies of power and the different manifestations of national identity in Mexico.
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.
Without Restraint presents together for the first time contemporary Mexican art by women from the Daros Latinamerica Collection (Zurich), Europe’s largest and most important collection of its kind. Seven women artists who live and work in Mexico show their lifeworld from a decidedly female point of view and respond to international artistic movements with very different approaches.