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Hermann Rupf before Fernand Léger’s Green Leaves (Still Life) [Les feuilles vertes (Nature morte)], 1927
Photo © Kurt Blum / Fotostiftung Schweiz

The exposition

November 11, 2016 – April 23, 2017

The first private Swiss collectors to treasure abstract and contemporary art, Hermann and Margrit Rupf amassed their collection according to their personal taste. The Rupf Foundation was created in 1954 to conserve, consolidate, and expand these holdings, which were deposited at the Kunstmuseum Bern in the early 1960s. Hermann and Margrit Rupf also left the Foundation the rest of their assets to guarantee the growth of these funds in the future. Thus, the Rupf Stiftung focuses on recent contemporary art without losing sight of the core of the Collection, comprised of the impressive works of art gathered by the Rupfs.

This exhibition features 70 works from the Rupf Collection including paintings by key artists from the first half of the 20th century, such as Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger, Paul Klee, or Vasily Kandinsky, yuxtaposed to pieces by contemporary artists from the second half of the 20th century until today.

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