Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern
Encounters with a fascinating artist
The Zentrum Paul Klee – itself a sculpture built into the landscape by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano – goes beyond the bounds of the traditional art museum. The appeal of the globally significant collection of Paul Klee’s works is complemented by visiting exhibitions and events such as concerts, theatre pieces and readings. Come and be inspired by one of the 20th century’s most fascinating artists and familiarise yourself with his varied and diverse oeuvre.
Benefit from the following advantages if you purchase the journey to and from the Zentrum Paul Klee by public transport at the same time:
- 10% discount on the day admission to the Zentrum Paul Klee
- 10% discount on the combined ticket for the Zentrum Paul Klee and the Bern Art Museum
The savings offer is also available at BLS Travel Centres and at any railway ticket office in Switzerland.
Paul Klee. Everything grows 20.05.2023 - 22.10.2023
20.05.2023 - 22.10.2023
The Zentrum Paul Klee keeps shells, seaweed and stones in its depot. Why? Paul Klee's engagement with nature formed the basis of his artistic work. While as a young man he practised drawing by making highly detailed copies of nature, he soon began to examine natural growth processes. He wanted to follow the example of nature in creating living forms. He also taught about his findings in his lessons at the Bauhaus. He organised his collection of plants in a herbarium, and there were shells, molluscs and seaweed lying on shelves in his studio. Along with numerous artworks, these materials give us an insight into the many ways in which Klee addressed the phenomena and processes of nature.
Kosmos Klee. The collection from 07.10.2023
The Zentrum Paul Klee is finding new ways of addressing its in-house collection. After nearly 60 thematic exhibitions over the past 17 years, a platform is being created for visitors to discover more about Paul Klee's life and work. Alongside a survey exhibition featuring around 80 works, a separate room will focus on central aspects of the work of Klee and other artists. The works on display will be exchanged three times a year. It will be worth a repeat visit! In addition, a richly illustrated biography, a film and materials from Klee's studio will provide an insight into the artist's life. The exhibition will also include discoveries from the archive, such as Klee's record player and record collection. His favourite music can be heard in the reading lounge, a place for both contemplation and discussion.
Hannah Höch. Assembled worlds 10.11.2023 - 25.02.2024
10.11.2023 - 25.02.2024
The German artist Hannah Höch is one of the inventors of the collage. The exhibition at the Zentrum Paul Klee places this genre, for which, in the spirit of Dadaism, Hannah Höch also uses the term photomontages, at the centre of the exhibition – and puts it in dialogue with the avant-garde cinema of the 1920s. Hannah Höch saw the medium of photomontage as being closely related to film: as static films on paper which, through the use of editing and composition, create new perspectives on the world. For the first time, an exhibition pursues Höch's fascination with the then-new mass medium of film and reveals how photomontage developed as a new and essentially modern pictorial genre between artistic experiment, commercial exploitation and political appropriation.
Opening times Today (Friday) open
Tue–Sun 10.00–17.00 hours
Public holiday opening hours
The Zentrum Paul Klee is closed on the following public holidays:
24.12.2023 (Christmas Eve)
25.12.2023 (Christmas Day)
On the following public holidays the Zentrum Paul Klee is open from 10.00–17.00 hours:
7.4.2023 (Good Friday)
10.4.2023 (Easter Monday)
18.5.2023 (Ascension Day)
29.5.2023 (Whit Monday)
1.8.2023 (National Holiday)
26.12.2023 (St Stephen's Day)
31.12.2023 (New Year's Eve)
1.1.2024 (New Year's Day)
2.1.2024 (Berchtold's Day)
Subject to change without prior notice
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Food & Drink
Café Zentrum Paul Klee
Fortify yourself during your visit to the Zentrum Paul Klee with culinary delights at the charming Café Zentrum Paul Klee. Whether with a fresh and creative lunch, a sweet temptation from the kitchen or a small snack, the cafeteria team looks forward to welcoming you!
Enjoy a delicious coffee, homemade soft drinks or a local aperitif alongside.
Restaurant Schöngrün's gastronomic offer (lunch menus, platters with selected products and à-la-carte service in the evening) is based on natural and homemade cuisine, a nose-to-tail attitude and the use of local and Swiss products.