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The Swiss capital boasts great Classical Modernist works

Switzerlands capital city harbors a treasure trove of possibilities for those interested in the beginnings of 20th-century art. Kunstmuseum Bern offers an outstanding overview starting with the Impressionist period, while Kunsthalle houses comprehensive displays of international contemporary art. Berns highlight, Zentrum Paul Klee, is home to 4,000 works of the renowned artist in a new building by Renzo Piano. Day trips from Bern to the nearby Museum Franz Gertsch in Burgdorf or Kunstmuseum Thun will also interest lovers of contemporary art.

Bern classics - Kunstmuseum Bern

Switzerland’s oldest art museum: A comprehensive collection including large bodies of work by Meret Oppenheim, Franz Gertsch and Markus Raetz are housed in this museum building dating from 1879 < more >

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Bern classics - Zentrum Paul Klee

The most famous 20th-century Swiss artist: Paul Klee spent half his life in Bern. Since 2005, Renzo Piano’s museum building has been housing a comprehensive collection of Klee’s oeuvre < more >

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Bern classics - Wocher-Panorama in the Schadaupark/Thun

The world’s oldest existing panorama: The 1810 panorama by Marquard Wocher can be admired in a purpose-built rotunda in the Schadaupark. The life-size painting shows the view from a roof in the town of Thun < more >

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Inside tip Bern - Kunsthalle Bern

Current international art: First opened in 1918, the Kunsthalle became known for its early exhibitions of Paul Klee and Alberto Giacometti. It also offers an authoritative program of contemporary art < more >

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Inside tip Bern - Museum Franz Gertsch/Burgdorf

Hyper-realistic paintings and giant woodcuts: In 2002, industrialist Willy Michel financed the building of a museum for the internationally acclaimed Swiss artist Franz Gertsch. In addition to his works, temporary exhibitions of renowned artists such as Gert & Uwe Tobias and Dirk Skreber can be seen < more >

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Inside tip Bern - Kunstmuseum Thun

A lovely museum in an idyllic location: Young and middle-aged artists of international acclaim are exhibited in the former Grand Hotel. Moreover, the museum presents parts of its permanent collection in rotation < more >

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Kunstmuseum Bern (1), Zentrum Paul Klee (2), Wocher-Panorama im Schadaupark (3), Kunsthalle Bern (4), Museum Franz Gertsch/Burgdorf (5), Kunstmuseum Thun (6)