With around 4'000 works at its disposal the Zentrum Paul Klee has the most significant collection of paintings, aquarelles and drawings world-wide and includes archive and biographical material from all the periods of Paul Klee’s work.
A principal task of the Zentrum Paul Klee is to ensure that the artistic, pedagogic and theoretical work of Paul Klee as well as its significance within the cultural and social context of its time, is scientifically developed and communicated through different channels and media.
By posing topical questions, new scientific interpretations and innovative forms of communication, the Zentrum Paul Klee aims to bring Paul Klee’s artistic potential into the present.
Visitors are able to gather stimulating experiences and discoveries. This should motivate to a more intense understanding of Klee’s work and personality, artistic insight in general and to each individual’s cultural life.
Through its activities the Zentrum Paul Klee is established as the competence centre worldwide for the research and the communication of the life and work of Paul Klee, the history of its effect and other culturally relevant themes. It maintains an efficient and modern research infrastructure and develops distinctive proposals for exhibition and communication programmes, in accordance with scientific demands as well as the expectations of visitors of different age groups, biographical backgrounds and cultural interests.
For this purpose
- rooms of high aesthetic and functional quality for the presentation of temporary exhibitions are available,
- the open and public accessible zone of the Museumsstrasse encourages a critical look at art by means of various media as well as the encounter between art and art enthusiasts,
- a generously conceived activity area for children, young people and adults encourages the development of their own creativity,
- an auditorium with ideal conditions for musical experiences is maintained,
- modern equipped rooms for events and seminars are available to deal with themes on subject matter from the most varied areas of culture, science and business,
- the building designed by architect Renzo Piano and its surroundings offer a unique symbiosis of nature and culture.
The Zentrum Paul Klee was made possible through the founder families Klee and Müller, the authorities and the sovereign power of the City, the Canton and Burgergemeinde Bern as well as partners from business.
The concrete activities of the Zentrum Paul Klee are derived from the statutes of the Foundation of the Zentrum Paul Klee and are orientated toward realising the subsidy agreement with the Canton Berne, the City of Berne and the communities of the Regional Conference of Bern-Mittelland, the guidelines of the International Council of Museums ICOM as well as internal business regulations. As an institution, only partially supported by public funds, the Zentrum Paul Klee adheres in its business activities, especially in the declaration of accounts, to the imperative principles of transparency and submits to regular controls through the subsidisers.