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.
Beyond Laughter and Tears. Klee, Chaplin, Sonderegger
In Paul Klee’s work, the line between comedy and tragedy, lightness and darkness is very thin. Until 6 September 2020, the exhibition “Beyond Laughter and Tears” juxtaposes the art of Paul Klee with the movies of Charlie Chaplin and studies the exchange between Paul Klee and his friend Jacques Ernst Sonderegger, a Swiss artist and cartoonist.
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Departure without destination. Annemarie Schwarzenbach as photographer
From 18 September 2020 to 3 January 2021, an exhibition is being dedicated for the first time to the photographs of Swiss writer and journalist Annemarie Schwarzenbach. Her pictures and texts provide a view of the world of the 1930s – a period marked by social and political upheaval. On her journeys through Europe, Asia, Africa and America, Schwarzenbach sought encounters with the unfamiliar and was hopeful of discovering meaning in this time of conflict.
Life as a journey: Similar to a map, Klee's voyage from Bern via Munich, Weimar, Dessau and Düsseldorf and back into exile in Bern is traced using artwork, photos, film clips and documents. Running from 5 September 2020 to 24 January 2021, the exhibition provides an overview of Klee's oeuvre and displays his works in the context of the places where he lived, worked or sought artistic inspiration.
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.