Hermann Hesse, Ohne Titel (Traumbild), Dezember 1917, Gouache, 23,5 x 17,8 cm, Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach. © Hermann Hesse-Editionsarchiv, Volker Michels, Fotonachweis: Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach


From 28 March to 12 August 2012 – Kunstmuseum Bern

Hermann Hesse was a famous writer. But he was also a painter as can be seen in the first retrospective of this hidden talent at the Kunstmuseum.
Together with the Hermann Hesse Museum in Montagnola, the Kunstmuseum Bern is presenting the first retrospective of Hermann Hesse’s paintings to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the artist and famous author’s decease (July 2, 1877 – Aug. 9, 1962).
German poet and novelist, who has explored in his work the duality of spirit and nature and individual’s spiritual search outside restrictions of the society. Hesse was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946. Several of Hesse’s novels depict the protagonist’s journey into the inner self. A spiritual guide assists the hero in his quest for self-knowledge and shows the way beyond the world “deluded by money, number and time.”

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