Exhibition concept

The Kunstmuseum Thun presents mainly contemporary art in four to five large exhibitions per year. Topical and compelling art positions are an inspiration to audiences and have established the museum's reputation above and beyond the region.

At the close of each year the Annual Exhibition represents a survey of regional art. This annual presentation of existing and new art reflects the cultural life of the region.

We Fragment, Collect and Narrate
Works from the collections of the Kunstmuseum Thun and the FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque

15 February – 27 April 2013
Opening: Friday, 14 February, from 6.30 pm

Poster We Fragment, Collect and Narrate
A wide range of artistic works from the collections of the FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais and the Kunstmuseum Thun constitute the basis for We Fragment, Collect and Narrate. The focus of the exhibition is a technique that is more than just familiar in our daily lives – collecting, disassembling and reassembling of knowledge, experiences or images. Most diverse works of the two collections are juxtaposed against each other in order to examine the relevance of collage, assemblage or montage today. The exhibition focuses its attention not only on the physical "cut and paste" but also considers how contemporary art responds to our complex and chaotic society in the time of fragmentation.

curated by Sayoko Nakahara, Petra Giezendanner and Helen Hirsch

Marcel Dzama, Augustin Rebetez, U5

17 May – 17 August 2013
Opening: Friday, 16 May, from 6.30 pm

Augustin Rebetez, untitled, 2012, Privatbesitz, © Augustin Rebetez
Parallel to the first Swiss solo exhibition by Marcel Dzama (b. 1974, Canada), the young Swiss artist positions Augustin Rebetez and U5 will be represented with small solo shows. The three individual items are connected by the satirical-typological medieval verse poem Das Narrenschiff (Ship of Fools )(1494) by Sebastian Brant, which is integrated as a quotation. The artists represented at the exhibitions deal autonomously and in depth with today's world images and genre pictures and draw mostly from the mundane and banal. Thus they heighten the awareness of the excesses of society.

Call and Response. George Steinmann im Dialog

6 September – 23 November 2013
Opening: Friday, 5 September, from 6.30 pm

George Steinmann, KOMI. A growing Sculpture, 1997–2007 (filmstill), © 2013, ProLitteris, Zurich
The visual artist, musician and researcher, George Steinmann has been working for more than 30 years with the interaction between ecology and aesthetics and to a particular extent with the aspects of cultural sustainability. The exhibition of George Steinmann defines art as a socially related practice. Important in his work is the approach that art does not exist in hermetic or territorially confined spaces, but manifests itself rather as the driving force of a sustainable world. The focus of the exhibition is thus on transcultural communication and integrated by guests from the arts and humanities as well as the natural sciences invited by the artists. The individual installations are determined by context awareness, exchange processes and the culture of responsibility. The interdependence of ecology and aesthetics is of special importance in the exhibition.

Christmas exhibition of the cantons of Bern and Jura 2014/2015

13 December 2013 – 25 January 2014
Opening: Saturday, 13 December, from 11 a.m.

Installation view, Cantonale Berne Jura, 2012/2013
The Cantonale Berne Jura is dedicated to inter-cantonal cooperation. It wants to strengthen the promotion and presentation of the artistic creation of the region. Eight art galleries and museums in the cantons of Bern and Jura launched their first joint Christmas exhibition Cantonale Berne Jura in 2011. The Cantonale Berne Jura 2014 offers the artists an important and broad platform and presents to the public the diversity of artistic creation in Bern and Jura.

Project room 2014

6 September – 23 November / Opening: Friday, 5 September, from 6.30 pm
13 December 2014 – 25 January 2015 / Opening: Saturday, 13 December, from 5 pm

Barbara Caveng, La table de planches à découper, 2012 © Barbara Caveng
In collaboration with the Kunstmuseum Thun, the ECAV (Ecole cantonale d’art du Valais) develops four different installations that revolve around cultural heritage, intangible cultural assets and cultural archive in the exhibition series Heritage. The background is the more than a decade old artistic research practice of the ECAV which focuses mainly on research themes in contemporary art in the social space, in the landscape and in the peri-urban context. Two topics are examined in detail by international and national artists: on one hand, the aspects of object collections and archives in the contemporary art field are studied in the context of general museum practices (collecting, archiving, preserving and communicating). On the other hand, the question is raised as to how images are created and interpreted here and elsewhere in the context of migration and intangible culture, as well as artistic codes.

Show restauration and architecture exhibition Graber & Steiger

September – Dezember 2014

Marquard Wocher, Panorama von Thun, 1809–1814, Kunstmuseum Thun, Depositum der Gottfried
After a renovation and the creation of a new extension building designed by the architecture firm Graber and Steiger, Lucerne, the Thun-Panorama is open to the public again. During the 2014 season, the painting will be helped to its former glory in an open-studio restoration. An exhibition devoted to the subject of restoration will take place on the ground floor of the rotunda. In the newly built annexe, the architecture of Graber and Steiger is presented in the light of the panorama.
All exhibitions are accompanied by a multi-faceted cultural programme. Guided tours, discussions, readings, panel discussions and lectures convey a deeper understanding of the respective exhibitions. Publications in German and English will be released on the exhibition by Marcel Dzama, Augustin Rebetez, U5 and George Steinmann. (Subject to change)