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  1. Zentrum Paul Klee
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  • 1. Zentrum Paul Klee - Bern
      1. Zentrum Paul Klee
    by Nemorino
  • 2. Approaching from the south - Bern
      2. Approaching from the south
    by Nemorino

The artist Paul Klee (1879-1940), who was also a musician, teacher and poet, grew up in Bern and spent about half his life here.

Klee was known among other reasons as a member of the Bauhaus group of painters and architects, along with such artists as Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956) and Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944). One of the Masters' Houses in Dessau was designed especially for Paul Klee by the architect Walter Gropius in 1925-26.

On a hill on the eastern outskirts of the city of Bern there is now a striking new museum and cultural center called the Zentrum Paul Klee, which was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano and inaugurated on June 20, 2005. From a distance it looks like three large waves of metal up on the hill. About 40 % of Klee's artistic works are now on display here -- i.e. about four thousand of the ten thousand paintings and other works that Klee created during his lifetime.

But the center is intended to be "more than a museum" so it also includes a chamber music hall, event and conference rooms, a "communication zone" with a wide range of electronic and printed information material -- and a large "activity area has been set up to encourage children, adolescents and adults to give free rein to their own creativity."

The center is open Tuesday ? Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays. As of 2008, the standard price of admission was 16 Swiss Francs (14 for students and senior citizens).

Second photo: Approaching from the south.

Address: Monument im Fruchtland 3, CH-3006 Bern
Directions: 46°56'57.65" North; 7°28'26.50" East
Phone: +41 (0)31 359 01 01
Website: http://www.paulkleezentrum.ch/ww/en/pub/web_root.cfm

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  • Updated Dec 25, 2012
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  • Paul2001's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Klee is one my favourite 20th century painters. I immensely enjoyed this museum, not just because it was an opportunity to see so many of his works but because of the great architecture.

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