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Kunstmuseum Bern

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“Degenerate” Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Berne

As is the case with all public collections, the Museum of Fine Arts, Berne, regards the study and presentation of the history of its holdings as a vital goal. In this exhibition we seek to show the public what makes up our internationally outstanding collection of modern masters at the Museum of Fine Arts, Berne, and how their works came to be part of it as art that the Nazi dictatorship officially considered undesirable in the German Reich. At the same time, this angle on our collection provides a backdrop for asking questions about the circumstances that ultimately led to great losses regarding cultural legacy for German museums and private collectors too. Some of these works also found their way to the Museum of Fine Arts, Berne. Read more.

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Gartenrestaurant (1912), August Macke.

Gartenrestaurant (1912), August Macke. Image courtesy of Kunstmuseum Bern

Alpsonntag. Szene am Brunnen (1923-25), Ernst Ludwig Kirchner.

Alpsonntag. Szene am Brunnen (1923-25), Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Image courtesy of Kunstmuseum Bern

Sumpfpflanzen, nach einem Gewitter (1916), Johannes Itten

Sumpfpflanzen, nach einem Gewitter (1916), Johannes Itten. © 2016, ProLitteris, Zürich

Berninalandschaft (1938), Otto Dix

Berninalandschaft (1938), Otto Dix. © 2016, ProLitteris, Zürich

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