At latest since romanticism, crystal is a leading source of inspiration for artistic work—either its formal structure serves as a model for design in art or its symbolical value comes into play. Crystal rock is something rare; it is valuable and difficult to mine. Although a material thing of hard, cold stone, crystal radiates a light that is seemly not of this world. The exhibition «Stone of Light: Crystal Visions in Art» looks at how the different art epochs viewed crystal.
While never taking pictures himself, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901) often had himself and his models photographed. Indeed, his photographic eye hardly found an equal among contemporary artists. This is evidenced by his unrelenting portrayals of the Parisian nightclub district as well as the wide-angle perspective he liked to use for his scenes—and not least by his daring compositions. The exhibition juxtaposes the paintings, drawings, lithographs and posters executed by this world-famous artist with contemporary photographs, many of which he used as models for his work.
Stone of Light. Crystal Visions in Art, 24.04. - 06.09.15
With the exhibition Stone of Light: Crystal Visions in Art, the Kunstmuseum Bern is thematically focusing on how crystal and its specific, intrinsic qualities fascinate artists. Seen through the multi-faceted lens of crystal, we are taking a closer look at art from romanticism through to the present. We are showing paintings and drawings by artists such as Caspar David Friedrich, Bruno Taut, Lyonel Feininger, Paul Klee, and Meret Oppenheim; photographs by Alfred Ehrhardt; and installations by Josef Beuys, Marina Abramović, and Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger—artists who were all inspired by crystal as ideal form or symbol.
The Board of Trustees and the management of the Kunstmuseum Bern (KMB) have been informed that a branch of the Gurlitt family has decided to appeal the decision made in the first instance by the Probate Court in Munich ruling Cornelius Gurlitt’s will valid. Consequently, KMB still cannot take possession of the inheritance bequeathed to it by the testator.