Things fall apart. Swiss Art from Böcklin to Vallotton | Kunstmuseum Bern

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Gabriel Loppé Das Matterhorn, 1867
Gabriel Loppé Das Matterhorn, 1867
Öl auf Leinwand; 79,5 x 63,5 cm. Kunstmuseum Bern; Geschenk Hanna Bohnenblust, Bern


13.12.2019 – 20.09.2020

Opening: Thursday, 12.12.2019, 6 p.m.

A mood of uncertainty and disenchantment of the world as well as world flight and a craving for the mythical were characteristic for the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In one of his texts, Sigmund Freud speaks of human narcissism having to face three major humiliations in the recent course of history, and this is the point of departure for the exhibition – the idea that the man is not the centre of the universe and rules neither over nature nor even over himself. The exhibition is showing Swiss art from the nineteenth century to the outbreak of the First World War. It includes major works by Ferdinand Hodler, Arnold Böcklin, Félix Vallotton and Alexandre Calame as well as pieces created by, to date, lesser-known female artists, such as Annie Stebler-Hopf or Clara von Rappard.

Curators: Marta Dziewańska in collaboration with Etienne Wismer

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