Ferdinand Hodler
Early Modern Artist

8 September 2017 to 28 January 2018

Ferdinand Hodler (1853–1918) is one of the most important and most successful artists of the early twentieth century. Celebrated alongside Edvard Munch and Gustav Klimt as a key representative of Symbolism and Art Nouveau, he developed a distinctive style of his own. Hodler’s predilection for ornament, his formal repetitions, strong contour lines and idiosyncratic palette were hailed as novel and original by contemporary critics, and his impressive monumental works with their emphasis on large areas of flat colour and clear outlines met with great interest, particularly in Germany.
With more than hundred paintings and numerous drawings, the exhibition is the first comprehensive retrospective of the artist to be shown in Germany in almost twenty years. It sheds light on Hodler’s career – training, travels abroad, participation in competitions, scandals and exhibitions – and presents works from the genres of landscape, portrait, figure and history painting.

Weather Report
About Weather Culture
and Climate Science

7 October 2017 to 4 March 2018 

The weather – beautiful and threatening in equal measure – is always with us. Weather is climate made tangible, and the record of weather patterns over a period of thirty years can be read as a climate trend. Weather and climate determine our life and survival on earth. The exhibition asks to what extent short-term weather events and long-term climate change influence human civilisation and culture. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach to this highly topical subject, we are showing a wide range of objects, spanning art, cultural history and science from all over the world. Amongst many others the show includes art works by John Constable, William Turner, Gustave Courbet and Otto Modersohn, as well as scientific treasures by Otto von Guericke, Daniel Fahrenheit and Alfred Wegener. The history of meteorology and current aspects of global climate change play a central role in the exhibition.
The exhibition is divided into twelve spaces that describe different elements and phenomena of the weather as they unfold over the course of an eventful day – from a mythically charged dawn to sun, air and the sea in the morning, moving on to fog, clouds, rain and wind in the afternoon and gale, thunderstorm, snow and ice in the evening. The wonder and beauty of the individual weather phenomena and their scientific computation and explanation are given equal billing.

An Exhibition by the Bundeskunsthalle and the Deutsches Museum
In Cooperation with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Deutscher Wetterdienst
Curators: Stephan Andreae, Ralph Burmester, Andrea Niehaus


Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn: GURLITT: STATUS REPORT
Nazi Art Theft and its Consequences
November 3, 2017 to March 11, 2018

“Degenerate Art” – confiscated and sold
November 2, 2017 to March 4, 2018

The Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn and the Kunstmuseum Bern are collaborating in the organization of a concurrent double exhibition. The two exhibitions will, for the very first time, be focusing on a selection of works of art from the Cornelius Gurlitt estate. Under the title of Gurlitt: Status Report the two exhibitions will present Cornelius Gurlitt’s extensive art collection. Both shows are based on the latest research into “Gurlitt’s art trove” and seek to bring to light further evidence to help clarify the provenances of those works whose origins remain unknown.
In form and content, the exhibitions at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn and at the Kunstmuseum Bern are closely coordinated. In Bern the focus lies on art that was considered “degenerate” and on works from the Gurlitt family circle. The Bundeskunsthalle, on the other hand, will concentrate on works of art that were taken from their owners as part of the Nazi persecution and on works whose provenance has not yet been established. Primarily, the exhibition in Bonn will shed light on the fate of the persecuted, mostly Jewish art collectors – and art dealers, juxtaposing their individual histories with the biographies of the Nazi perpetrators. Moreover the show homes in on the unprecedented theft of art by the Nazis in the occupied territories.


23rd Federal Competition of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
10 November 2017 to 28 January 2018

The federal competition Art Students Display Their Works has been renamed and is now called Federal Prize for Art Students. The new name reflects a new conceptual approach. Whereas the biannual exhibition used to show the work of all artists participating in the competition, it will henceforth showcase only that of the prize winners. This closer focus allows for a better presentation of the awardees and their work.
Each of the twenty-four art academies in Germany nominates two of their most promising students for a chance to win the much coveted prizes. An independent jury selects five to eight winners, who will receive a grant to support their work and a catalogue.
The Federal Prize for Art Students is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and organised by the German National Association for Student Affairs. It’s aim is the support and promotion of young artists.
The design of the poster and the catalogue accompanying the 23rd competition lies in the hands of the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar.

Show bibliography
  1. Claude Monet (1840–1926) Waterloo Bridge, 1903Bequest of Cornelius Gurlitt 2014Claude Monet (1840–1926) Waterloo Bridge, 1903, Bequest of Cornelius Gurlitt 2014
  2. Gabriel Loppé, Der Eiffelturm wird vom Blitz getroffen, 1902, Fotografie© bpk RMN - Grand Palais / Gabriel LoppéGabriel Loppé, Der Eiffelturm wird vom Blitz getroffen, 1902, Fotografie © bpk RMN - Grand Palais / Gabriel Loppé
  3. Ferdinand Hodler, The Vaud Alps as seen from the Rochers de Naye (detail), oil on canvas, c. 1917 © Stiftung für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte, Winterthur, Photo: SIK-ISEA, Zürich

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