Museum of Fine Arts (Kunstmuseum)

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Museum of Fine Arts (Kunstmuseum)

Museum of Fine Arts (Kunstmuseum)
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10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This large art museum houses the world's largest collection of Paul Klee works and has an extremely impressive selection of 20th-century artists.
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2-3 hours
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Julian I
8 contributions
Great Permanent Collection, Terrible Experience. AVOID
Jun 2021
I have been several times to the Kunstmuseum in Bern. It has a very good collection, even though most Klee works are now in a separate location. However, photography was always banned, even without flash. Finally, they have relented and I rushed over (nearly 90 minutes drive). The selection of the permanent collection was the WORST EVER and the hangings were terrible with massive reflections in 80% of the works. I know COVID has hurt museums a lot, but I can't recommend anyone going until the management is changed and the place is refurbished and the collection sorted out and rehung.
Written June 2, 2021
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Wendy
Saint Charles, IL81 contributions
Art in Bern
Feb 2020 • Solo
This is a small gallery- like museum with delightful gems. It’s light and airy, easy to digest although the range is wide, from 12thc to contemporary. The cafe offers relaxation and refreshments
Written February 11, 2020
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yns_10
Sydney, Australia1,454 contributions
Small but good
Oct 2019
The country's oldest fine arts museum has a wonderful collection including works by Kell, Picasso, Dalì, Monet and van Gogh. The exhibition of Johannes Itten is excellent.
Written December 11, 2019
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Gregory D
New Lambton1,056 contributions
Some amazing treasures in this gallery
Sep 2019
We only visited the relatively small permanent collection on display and not the other temporary exhibitions, but were very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the art on display. Examples from a wide range of famous artists- Chagall, Picasso, Dali etc, and quite a few Bonnards, Monet, Van Gogh, Manet , Cezanne etc none of which we had seen before in other galleries. Certainly a worthwhile experience which we enjoyed very much- and a lovely cafe!!
Written September 30, 2019
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lauraalonsobi
Seattle, WA126 contributions
Masters not seen before
Aug 2019 • Friends
This was amazing to see paintings that aren’t in the rotation of what major museums have. Up close, personal and not crowded.
Written August 22, 2019
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MrKemp
Peterborough, UK118 contributions
Free Saturday visit
Aug 2019
We were randomly in Bern in August, during which time the main museums are free on Saturdays. We took advantage to see this nicely-designed gallery. The permanent collection on display was smallish but high quality (Picasso, Van Gogh, Gauguin and the unknown-to-us Hodler). Not too struck by the modern art elsewhere, but tastes vary, so you might love it.
Written August 9, 2019
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FormerCaliBoy
Zurich, Switzerland19,425 contributions
Fascinating Gurlitt exhibit
May 2018 • Solo
I made two trips to Bern specifically to view the two-part Gurlitt exhibit. This exhibit showed the confiscated art that was considered ‘degenerate’ or looted on behalf of the Nazi regime and ended up stored at the Gurlitt apartment outside of Munich Germany, which by just coincidence was discovered by authorities in 2010/11.

I thought exhibit #1 was stunning! The showing of artwork was something most people would only read/see about in an art class or book. I kept up with the developing Gurlitt news story and the minute all legal issues had been resolved and the exhibit was going to go on display, I started to plan my visit to Bern for the 2018 showing.

The work of these old masters of exhibit #1 was all that I expected and more. Let me say upfront, with all due respect to those that were tricked, schemed, scammed, coerced, and/or forced to give up these spectacular art collections during the Nazi rule, my heart goes out to you, your family and heirs.

Exhibit #1 was certainly not one that you could have rushed through as there were just too much to take in and admire by the many artworks. Sculptures, paintings, sketches filled every space in the place. I took me nearly 4 hours to take in and appreciated this entire exhibit. There was also an accompanying video (German) of how the entire pieces of artwork were discovered which is a must see as well.

Exhibit #2, was less interesting as to the first. Though there were some interesting pieces of artwork, the exhibit used the same space as the first half but had fewer items to show just not as eye-catching. Also, the same film from exhibit #1 was being shown explaining how authorities initially contacted Gurlitt. I probably only spent an hour viewing the entire second half exhibit.

There were lots of written materials, in various languages, explaining the highlights of both exhibits, but no other language, beyond German, was actually listed under each piece of artwork which also required extra viewing time.

Some or all of the exhibit is scheduled to be presented in the future in Berlin, so if that is the case and you are in that area this exhibit is in all instances a must see/do!
Written April 27, 2019
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Anna
Los Angeles, CA19 contributions
Underwhelming
Feb 2019 • Solo
I have to be honest: The permanent collection (for which I was there for) is extremely small, and also not very impressive. Furthermore, on their website they state that they have Hodler paintings as part of their permanent collection, but when I went there they said that they actually don't have any Hodler paintings on display at the moment. This was a major disappointment for me as Hodler was the main reason why I wanted to visit. I can't judge the temporary exhibitions, since they weren't a primary interest of mine (it was mostly video installations). There were two interesting paintings by Felix Valloton, which were my favorites. If you just want to see the collection, the price isn't too expensive, but you really won't get much for the money. Not to be a snob, but compared to for example the Kunstmuseum in Basel, the museum in Bern feels quite provincial.
Written February 27, 2019
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MoscouT
Geneva, Switzerland155 contributions
Good permanent collection, mixed special exhibition
Jan 2019 • Couples
We really enjoyed the part of the permanent collection on display, but found the special exhibition (video art and some random photographs) not very interesting.
Written January 25, 2019
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Kevin H
Zurich, Switzerland1,023 contributions
Permanent exhibition is surprisingly small
Jan 2019 • Couples
It was a rainy day so we decided to do an indoor activity. The Kunstmuseum was our chosen destination. We chose to pay a little extra and buy the ticket which enabled us to see all exhibitions therein. We are pleased we did because if we had restricted ourselves to the permanent exhibition we would not have had that much to see. Having said that, there are indeed some fine pieces and many famous artists in the permanent galleries, just fewer than we expected.
Written January 19, 2019
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