The iconic Zentrum Paul Klee was designed by the Italian star architect Renzo Piano and erected on the outskirts of the capital city in 2005. In addition to holding the most significant collection of Klee’s works in the world, the center offers diverse programs, recreational opportunities, an attractive event location and, above all, a lively cultural scene.
Bern, Switzerland’s capital city and a UNESCO World Heritage site, added a new landmark in 2005: The Zentrum Paul Klee. The wave-shaped steel and glass structure designed by the Italian star architect Renzo Piano is worth a visit all on its own.
The building’s three curved “hills” and gently contoured lines blend into the surrounding rolling landscape. Enclosed by fields and a spacious park, the center provides a lovely area for walking.
If you take the paths that circle the Zentrum Paul Klee, you will discover many signs with curious names. A total of 18 paths around the building are named after Klee’s masterpieces. The museum awaits visitors at the interesting address of “Monument im Fruchtland 3” (Monument in a Field 3).
Zentrum Paul Klee Opening Times
Monday Closed Tuesday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Standard ticket CHF 20.00 Senior citizens / concessions* CHF 18.00 Students / apprentices CHF 10.00 Children (6–16 years) CHF 7.00
Family ticket (1 adult + children 6-16) CHF 27.00 Family ticket (2 adults + children 6-16) CHF 40.00
Kombi- Tickets Zentrum Paul Klee & Kunstmuseum Bern
Standard ticket CHF 32.00 Senior citizens / concessions* CHF 28.00 Students / apprentices CHF 18.00
Groups per person (10 or more persons)
Standard ticket CHF 18.00 Senior citizens / concessions* CHF 16.00 Students** / apprentices** CHF 8.00 Schools per pupil (Children 6–16)** CHF 5.00
* Free entry for 1 accompanying person.
** Free entry for 1 teacher per 10 pupils / students.
Angels, Fish and Everything in Between
“Ad Parnassum”, “Fischzauber” (Fish Magic), “Paukenspieler” (The Drummer), “Vergesslicher Engel” (Forgetful Angel), “Insula Dulcamara”, “Regentag” (Rainy Day) and “Ur-Welt-Paar” (Primeval-World Couple) are just some of the selected paintings – whose names tell a story in and of themselves – that the Zentrum Paul Klee displays from the world’s most significant collection of works by Paul Klee (1879–1940).
The cultural complex is devoted to the artist’s life and work. The museum’s inventory includes paintings, watercolors and drawings, and contains around 4,000 works of art. Themed exhibitions with a rotating thematic focus present Paul Klee’s creative efforts and allow visitors to gain new, perhaps unusual perspectives of the artist and the world.
In addition to a changing selection of Klee’s artwork, the museum displays paintings from other notable modern and contemporary artists in rotating exhibitions. Numerous public and private tours permit visitors to interact personally with the art on display. If you prefer to explore the exhibition at your own pace, you can rent an audio guide for a small fee.
Klee & Friends
An exhibition dedicated to Paul Klee and his friends can be viewed at the Zentrum Paul Klee until 1 September 2019. Works by eminent artists from the schools of Surrealism, Cubism and Dadaism as well as representatives of the Blaue Reiter and Bauhaus movements are being exhibited from the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Bern and the Zentrum Paul Klee. Klee’s famous circle of friends included Vassily Kandinsky, Sonia and Robert Delaunay, Pablo Picasso, Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, among others. More details about this remarkable exhibition can be found here.
The spotlight of the themed exhibition shines on the role and portrayal of ecstasy in modern and contemporary art. A whole series of artists – from Auguste Rodin, Marlene Dumas and Meret Oppenheim to Henri Michaux, Wolfgang Tillmans, Andy Warhol and Paul Klee – have involved themselves with the narrow dividing line between euphoria and disappointment, control and chaos, asceticism and excess, and therefore tackled the overarching theme of ecstasy. The works will be brought together, referenced with each other and exhibited at the Zentrum Paul Klee until 4 August 2019. More information about this exhibition can be found here.
A comprehensive exhibition will be staged on the global significance of the Bauhaus movement to mark the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Bauhaus. The exhibition is currently being hosted by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin before moving to the Zentrum Paul Klee on 14 September 2019, where it will remain on display until 12 January 2020 in an expanded format. The project is a collaboration between the Bauhaus Kooperation Berlin Dessau Weimar, the Goethe Institute and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. More details about the international program can be found here.
The Zentrum Paul Klee – More than Just a Museum
Museum Café and Restaurant Schöngrün
The Zentrum Paul Klee has even more to offer after you’ve finished viewing the exhibitions. How does a cappuccino and slice of delicious cake sound? The Museum Café in the foyer area serves tasty refreshments and snacks.
If you’re looking for a hot lunch or an à la carte meal, Restaurant Schöngrün offers a small but delectable selection of menu items. The restaurant’s elegant atmosphere in a villa next to the Zentrum Paul Klee makes dining out an especially stylish experience.
Don’t forget to visit the Museum Shop in the entrance area leading to the exhibition rooms. You’re sure to find the perfect Klee souvenir or informative books on art history.
Zentrum Paul Klee: A Diverse Cultural Space
The distinctive building is home to both an immense collection of artwork and a wide variety of art-related activities. More than just a museum, the Zentrum Paul Klee also functions as a platform for events such as concerts, readings and tours and is an attractive location for events and conferences.
Private Events at the Zentrum Paul Klee
Whether you are planning an anniversary or birthday party, conference, convention or private concert, the premises and modern infrastructure of this monumental building are perfectly suited for more intimate events. Find out more about the facility’s capacity and booking conditions here.
Concerts at the Zentrum Paul Klee
From the musical highlights of the museum’s own Paul Klee ensemble and a variety of guest musicians, to the Master Concert series and innovative folk tunes, music plays a center role in the cultural life of the Zentrum Paul Klee. The auditorium is not just an architectural jewel; it also offers splendid acoustics and an outstanding setting for performances of every kind. More information about the concerts can be found here.
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Art Mediation and the Creaviva Children’s Museum
With paints, paper, glue and your imagination, you can create anything. Creaviva, the art studio on the museum’s lower ground floor, offers a colorful palette of activities for visitors of all ages. During the workshops and private events, participants (aged 4 and older) can find their own uniquely creative form of expression and interact with the design, shapes and colors of Klee’s works. More information about Creaviva can be found here.