The Collection Archive

The Kunstmuseum Bern not only harbours the Rupf Foundation's collection of paintings, sculptures and works on paper, it also manages the archive and library.

The archive contains original documents (letters, notes, documents etc.) collected by Mr and Mrs Rupf in the period from 1928 to their deaths in 1961 and 1962 respectively. Why nothing from the period before 1928 has been preserved is not known.

An important constituent of the archive is the correspondence between Hermann Rupf and Daniel–Henry Kahnweiler. More than 700 letters and postcards, mostly from Kahnweiler, have survived from the period between 1928 and 1962. Hermann Rupf kept a carbon copy of some of the letters he typed.

An extensive correspondence with artist–friends such as Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky or the Swiss artist Albert Schnyder provide insight into the Rupfs' various connections.

A small library also forms part of the foundation estate, which passed to the Kunstmuseum Bern in 1962 after the death of the donor–couple. It consists of numerous catalogues and publications closely linked with the Rupfs' collection: for example, texts by Kahnweiler dedicated to Hermann Rupf or different books with prints and illustrations by Vlaminck, Derain or Léger.