The motto for this autumn is "Let’s visit the museum!" Can you think of a better way to spend a wet and grey afternoon than by marvelling at colourful paintings and impressive sculptures (while staying warm and dry, of course)? We thought not. That’s why the Museum of Fine Arts Bern and the Zentrum Paul Klee have launched the "Kunstherbst Bern" art event, which happens to be running all the way until the end of December. All you have to do is purchase a combi-ticket at the ticket office of either one of the two institutions and your cultural adventure can begin. The ticket grants admission to all six exhibitions on the corresponding day. There is more than enough to look at – and we can provide an overview.
Museum of Fine Arts Bern:
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.
Zentrum Paul Klee:
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.
Feeling peckish after a visit to the museum? You’re in luck : Bern is known for great food and drinks! The many diverse culinary options will make it hard to choose just one. And after a sucessful day of art and gourmandizing, there’s nothing better than slipping into a soft, warm bed at one of Bern’s hotels. Here’s some inspiration for your stay in Switzerland’s capital:
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