Archives and collections
FRIEDLI, Peter: Bernese physician Peter Friedli often treated his artist patients free of charge, receiving artworks from them in return. As a collection, the works on paper offer a mirror of artistic activity, predominantly in the Bern region, through examples of the relevant Swiss art eras typical of the period. A group of watercolours within the collection reveals Friedli himself to be a gifted painter who documented the Alpine landscapes of his native region. (gift)
SPOERRI, Daniel: Tauschbibliothek Daniel Spoerri. 1978 saw the publication of Heilrituale an bretonischen Quellen, compiled by Spoerri and Marie-Louise von Plessen and published independently by Paul Gredinger. Copies of the book could only be obtained in exchange for another book. The result was the approximately 2,300 volumes of swapped books that make up the Tauschbibliothek Daniel Spoerri. In parallel with their donation to the Prints and Drawings Department, the Federal Office of Culture purchased the accompanying Pharmacie Bretonne for the Federal Art Collection.
VISARTE BERN: Poster collection. 179 posters and 104 original poster designs commissioned by Visarte Bern for festivals at the Kunsthalle in the 1920s and 1930s, e.g. Walter Clénin, Tonio Ciolina, Hermann Hubacher, Albert Lindegger known as Lindi, Heinrich Nyffenegger. (gift)