The lost paradise of childhood, willowy youths and a yearning for far-off places: these are the dominant subjects in the rather surreal paintings of the Swiss artist Ricco Wassmer. On the occasion of his centenary birthday, the Kunstmuseum Bern is presenting a comprehensive retrospective of his oeuvre with over 200 loans, many of which the public will be able to view for the very first time.
Silvia Gertsch (b. 1963) paints children and young people while they play, sunbathe or stroll in the streets in her oil-behind-glass paintings. Xerxes Ach’s (b. 1957) abstract color field paintings are devoted to micro-phenomena created by the way light reacts with various types of surfaces. Despite their different modes of expressing themselves in art, both these Bernese artists take recourse to the same motifs: knowledge acquired via the sensations and the transitoriness of life.
Collections are the overriding motto for the Fine Art Museum Berne’s 2016 exhibition program. On the one hand, works from its own collections will be on show—in new contexts viewed from novel and fascinating angles—and, on the other, the Fine Art Museum Berne is presenting high-caliber private collections. For each exhibition our art education department offers a diversity of additional events, announcing its programs before the respective exhibition openings.
Ricco Wassmer 1915-1972. His Centenary Birthday, 27.11.2015 – 13.03.2016
From Nov. 27, 2015 until March 13, 2016 the Kunstmuseum Bern is mounting the exhibition Ricco Wassmer 1915-1972: His Centenary Birthday. With strikingly surreal arrangements, the Bernese artist Ricco Wassmer produced a unique oeuvre that can be classified somewhere between naive painting, new objectivity, and magic realism. The key themes in the artist’s oeuvre are loss of the carefree paradise of childhood, slender youths, sailors, sailing ships, still-lifes, and a yearning for far-off places.
A new look at contemporary Chinese art through the Sigg and M+ Sigg Collections
Significant portions of Uli Sigg's collection will be on display in a joint exhibition by Kunstmuseum Bern and Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland and afterwards will travel in a reduced version to MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art in Vienna, Austria, before substantial parts of the Swiss collector’s holdings move to Hong Kong as a donation. Some 150 recent works from the Sigg and M+ Sigg Collections will be presented in Bern from 19 February until 19 June 2016 and thus reflect today’s China.
Salvador Dalí (1904 – 1989) Atavisms of Twilight (Compulsive Idea). After Millet's «Angelus», around 1933
Dali’s cryptic painting is based on a picture executed by Millet. The famous surrealist transformed the idyllic landscape into a scene of horror, filling it with macabre eroticism.