Director of Paul Klee Center in Switzerland Resigns

The museum flourished under Paul Fischer's management. Photo: Stefan Anderegg via Berner Zeitung

Peter Fischer, director of the Paul Klee Center (ZPK) in Bern, Switzerland has announced his resignation as of February 2016.

The timing of Fischer’s retirement coincides with the institution’s restructuring, as the ZPK and the Kunstmuseum Bern will merge under the same parent company.

The outgoing director explained that he would be stepping down to allow a new person to take control over the transition at the start of the new year, Der Standard reports.

The spectacular Paul Klee Zentrum was designed by Renzo Piano. Photo: myswitzerland.com

The spectacular Paul Klee Zentrum was designed by Renzo Piano.
Photo: myswitzerland.com

The 59-year-old art historian took the helm of the ZPK in November 2011. According to a press release, Fischer “cemented the institution’s reputation as a top destination in the Swiss and international art landscape.”

The highlight of Fischer’s tenure was marked by the current tenth-anniversary year of the ZPK, which was celebrated with numerous high-profile exhibitions.

Before leaving the institution, Fischer will preside over the realization of the exhibition “About Trees,” which he will curate, and the Kunstmuseum Bern’s upcoming show of the Uli Sigg collection.

The museum is dedicate to the Swiss expressionist Paul Klee. Photo: iguzzini.com

The museum is dedicate to the Swiss expressionist Paul Klee.
Photo: iguzzini.com

The new foundation under which the ZPK and the Kunstmuseum Bern will operate will help to ensure the financial sustainability of both institutions. The foundation’s board is due to announce details of the structural changes at the start of the new year.

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