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
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. Until 20 September 2020, the exhibition “Things Fall Apart” shows how the idea and its implications were received, processed and expressed by Swiss artists in the 19th and early 20th century.
To the exhibition
El Anatsui. Triumphant Scale
The Museum of Fine Arts Bern is showing a large-scale exhibition by Ghanaian artist El Anatsui until 11 November 2020. He is considered Africa's most prominent contemporary artist and is known for his large installations made of recycled bottle tops that adorn entire walls like magnificent carpets. The works are surprisingly innovative and a reflection of the (post-)colonial relationship between Europe, Africa and the New World.
Grow – Bloom – Wither. Ernst Kreidolf and plants
The works of Ernst Kreidolf set a new standard in illustrated book design. His art transports us into a world of fairy tales and dreams in which plants play a central role – and leaves readers amazed at his ability to bring a plant’s characteristics to life. The exhibition will be displaying Kreidolf's studies and the original illustrations from his books from 4 September 2020 to 10 January 2021.
Tools for Utopia. Selected works from the Daros Latinamerica Collection
The “Daros Latinamerica Collection” is one of the world's most significant collections of 20th-century Latin American art. The exhibition lasts from 30 October 2020 to 21 March 2021 and takes as its starting point the tradition of abstract and concrete art in Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil dating back to 1945. The legacy of this epoch is traced backwards and insight is provided into the diverse artistic work of Latin America and the themes that still move the South American continent today.
Crazy, Cruel and Full of Love. Works from the museum’s contemporary art collection.
This collection exhibition running from 12 September 2020 to 14 February 2021 provides a veritable rollercoaster ride of emotions – from being deeply in love, to an exuberant zest for life, to a deeper confrontation with the transience of life. No sentiment is left out in this foray through the latest in contemporary art history.