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
Clair de lune
The Museum of Fine Arts Bern is dedicating an exhibition to the moon to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Images of the moon from various eras will be included in the exhibition - an impressive variety of meanings, interpretations and connotations of this heavenly body. The exhibition can be visited from 18 June until 20 October 2019.
More details about the anniversary exhibition
Johannes Itten. Art as Life
The Bauhaus school, a key chapter in the history of architecture and design, is celebrating its 100th anniversary next year. In honor of the anniversary, Bern is becoming the Bauhaus center of Switzerland and celebrating the event with two large exhibitions. Among other things, the Museum of Fine Arts Bern is dedicating an exhibition running from 3 August 2019 until 2 February 2020 to the important Swiss artist and Bauhaus professor Johannes Itten. The exhibition will be the first one to explore his utopian project of melding together life and art to a uniform whole. The main exhibition objects are Itten’s newly researched journals and sketchbooks, on display in this quantity for the first time. When combined with key works from his painting oeuvre, they present a new look at his graphic world approach and his artistic methods.