Even though it resides in a grand-looking pile a quick walk from the train station, Bern’s Museum of Fine Arts keeps up with the modern agenda (Bern’s museums even have their own app!).
The permanent collection has works dating from the 13th century to the present day, and a very strong collection of Art Brut (or Outsider Art), that marries well with similar works you may have seen at the Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne. The works of Adolf Wölfi (1864-1930), a local farmhand, are of particular interest in the collection.
Other Swiss artists represented in the museum are Ferdinand Hodler, Giovanni Giacometti and Paul Klee.
In 2014 the museum came into a controversial windfall in the form of the Gurlitt Collection, which features works looted from Jewish art collectors during the Nazi era.
Temporary exhibitions here often attract solid crowds, thanks to big-name retrospectives of artists such as Tracey Emin and Sean Scully.