With over 50,000 masterpieces, the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Bern covers 800 years of art history. In addition to works by renowned Swiss artists like Albert Anker and Ferdinand Hodler, the Museum of Fine Arts Bern is home to an impressive international collection.
Works by Salvador Dalì, Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh as well as other prominent representatives of Surrealism, Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism and “Der Blaue Reiter” movement are part of the permanent inventory. Paintings by Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and Pablo Picasso form the focal point of this era. Masterpieces from the 21st century and contemporary art round off the impressive collection.
In total, the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Bern includes over 3,000 paintings and sculptures as well as around 48,000 sketches, prints, photographs, videos and films.
From an architectural perspective, the Museum of Fine Arts Bern combines historical Baroque and modern elements and offers an attractive setting for museum visits and art viewings. The extensive exhibition rooms are also available for private and corporate events and conferences. Upon request exclusive tours or themed viewings for individual events can also be booked.
Encounters with Art
The diverse offer of tours, activities and temporary exhibitions enables visitors to have wide-ranging encounters with art. Visit the museum’s website before your visit to find more information about the highlights at the Museum of Fine Arts Bern.
There are also exciting activities awaiting our younger art fans. Regular workshops on weekends give children a look at the world of visual arts. Whether they are viewing art, designing their own in the studio, or writing stories about existing works, your child’s imagination and creativity will not be limited in any way. Similar courses are also available for young people and during school holidays.
Internationally renowned and at the same time the oldest museum of art in Switzerland with a permanent collection, the museum functions as an active platform for encounters and engagement with art. The temporary exhibitions in particular are an excellent forum for showcasing the current art scene and world affairs.
Special Exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts Bern
Teruko Yokoi. Tokyo–New York–Paris–Bern
This exhibition follows the life and work of Teruko Yokoi, a dynamic and highly productive Japanese artist. From 31 January to 10 May 2020, around 50 pieces from the period between 1954 and the 1960s are exhibited, illustrating Yokois moved history and life in Tokyo, New York and Bern. The works seem to burst with creative energy, while at the same time reflecting an inner conflict.
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Things Fall Apart. Swiss Art from Böcklin to Vallotton
The “three major humiliations of human narcissism”, caused by the progress of scientific knowledge, make the human just one possibility out of many. This idea came from Sigmund Freud, who wrote an essay about it in 1917. The exhibition “Things Fall Apart” (until September 2020) shows how the idea and its implications were received, processed and expressed by Swiss artists in the 19th and early 20th century.
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