Reaction of the pyrazole-derived ligand 3,5-bis(pyridin-2-yl)pyrazole (bpypz) with Cu(NO3)2, CuCl2 and CuBr2 yields polynuclear copper(II) compounds with remarkable structural and magnetic properties. The magnetic behaviour was studied by fitting the experimental data with a dimer and tetramer magnetic model. Strong antiferromagnetic exchange interactions were found in all cases. The molecular structure of the nitrate compound was solved by X-ray diffraction methods. The compound is tetranuclear, orthorhombic, space group Fddd, a = 18.572(4), b = 23.816(8), c = 27.337(9) Å, V= 12092 Å3, Z = 8. © 1992.