International Club of Berne

Art Museum Tour

  • Tuesday, 29th October 2019 at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, 17th November 2019 at 11am
  • Tomorrow, 21st January 2020 at 7:30pm

Location: Fine Arts Museum, Hodlerstrasse 8; meet at information desk at 19:15

Art Museum Guided Tour in English When     

Tuesday, 29 October, from 19:30 to 20:30
Sunday 21 November from11:00 to 12:00
Tuesday, 21 January from 19:30 to 20:30 Johannes Itten


Where     Fine Arts Museum, Hodlerstrasse 8; at information desk at 19:15

Contact   Gary Long or Graham Tritt

Deadline  Please register by the day before

The Berne Fine Arts Museum devotes an exhibition to the prominent Swiss artist and Bauhaus master Johannes Itten in 2019, the Bauhaus centenary year. It is the first ever exhibition to present this artist’s utopian vision of uniting art and life.

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Public guided tour in English Johannes Itten: Art as Life Bauhaus Utopias and Documents of Reality

Johannes Itten: Art as Life Bauhaus Utopias and Documents of Reality

The Kunstmuseum Bern is devoting an exhibition to the prominent Swiss artist and Bauhaus master Johannes Itten in 2019, the Bauhaus centenary year. The exhibition sets itself the goal of being the first ever to present this artist’s utopian vision of uniting art and life in an all-embracing way.

When the Bauhaus was founded, Johannes Itten had already adopted a radical position as an artist in his pursuit of the "uttermost dematerialisation of individual objects”, and he formulated this idea programmatically in the famous Bauhaus almanac Utopia: Dokumente der Wirklichkeit (Utopia: Documents of reality).

Key exhibition pieces are Itten’s newly researched diaries and sketchbooks. They were integral to his artistic practice from 1913 onward and have never been shown on such a broad scope before. They not only help us understand Itten’s art-theoretical reflections on colour but also his thoughts on the principles of art and his hitherto unknown study of the old masters – while also providing leads on the literature he read on contemporary esoteric and scientific ideas. In his diaries he likewise inquired into things such as vegetarianism, breathing techniques, rhythmic gymnastics and other practices or mindsets geared toward changing lifestyles, which are again increasing in popularity today. The many sketches simultaneously reveal a fascinating range of visual forms of representation that span abstraction, diagrammatic reduction, collage and figuration in a contradictory mode to the usual narratives of the evolution of avant-garde art.

The exhibition retraces Itten’s development from his beginnings in Switzerland through the periods he spent in Stuttgart, Vienna, Weimar and Herrliberg, covering also his pursuits in Berlin, Krefeld and Amsterdam, which have previously received only scant attention. Juxtaposed with leading works of his painted oeuvre, this comprehensive presentation succeeds in illustrating a new angle on Itten’s hitherto concealed understanding of the world and on his artistic working processes that were based thereon.

Curators : Nina Zimmer and Christoph Wagner

An exhibition by Kunstmuseum Bern. Subsequently it will be shown at the Kunstforum Hermann Stenner in Bielefeld (8.3.-28.6.20).

Visit the other big anniversary exhibition at the Zentrum Paul Klee: bauhaus imagnista (20.09.19 – 12.01.20). This show premieres an investigation into Bauhaus reception history that goes beyond the borders of Europe, presenting a totally new angle on the Bauhaus.


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Saturday 18 from 19:00 Wine  - Wine Tasting - The Southern Hemisphere

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Instead, on Monday 20, attend the Light Festival of Murten. Meet at 6 pm at the Berntor gate of the town (30 minutes by train from Berne) and at 6:30 pm for an Apero on a boat in the lake. For details see

Tuesday 21 at 7:30pm - Art Museum Tour contact Gary

Thursday 23 at 10:00 am at the Theater am Käfigturm, a performance of the French play M.Ibraham et les Fleurs du Coran. Then at 3:00 pm and 7:00pm - Theatre: "Free Mandela"

Wednesday 29 at 18:00 pm,  Sophie Book Group discusses the book "Becoming" by Michelle Obama. Open to all members;  contact Graham of you are interested.

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