Last Days Anniversary Fondation Beyeler
3 January 2023
As one of the foremost gallerists of his time, Ernst Beyeler (1921-2010) assembled together with his wife Hildy (1922-2008) one of the world’s most significant collections of modern art. It is one of the most visited art museums in Switzerland today.
Since 1997, the collection has been housed at the Fondation Beyeler (Riehen, canton Basel-Stadt) in a building designed by Renzo Piano. The collection of approximately 400 works from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries covers painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography and film.
The Fondation celebrates its 25th anniversary with the most comprehensive exhibition of works from its collection to date.
The exhibition (30.10.2022 – 8.1-2023) brings together approximately 100 works by 31 artists, from classics of modern art to recent acquisitions of contemporary art. Major works by Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Alberto Giacometti, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Louise Bourgeois and others are set in relation to contemporary positions by Marlene Dumas, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Tacita Dean, Rachel Whiteread and others are displayed.
The exhibition provides an opportunity to experience the collection of the Fondation Beyeler in its full depth and impressive quality.
The exhibition is further enriched by the integration of several hyperrealist sculptures by celebrated American artist Duane Hanson (1925–1996).
The Fondation already organised a series of other exhibitions in this festive year. The first (23 January-22 May) was a major retrospective on “Georgia O’Keeffe“, followed by “Passages- Landscape, Figure and Abstraction” (12 February-2 August) and “Sondra Perry: Lineage for a Phantom Zone” ((13. February-13. March).
The summer exhibition “Mondrian” (5 June-9 October) marked the 150th anniversary of the artist’s birth, As one of the most important artists of the avant-garde movement, he shaped the evolution of painting from figuration to abstraction.
(Further information: www.fondationbeyeler.ch).
Mark Rothko (1903-1970). Ohne Titel, 1968, Sammlung Beyeler. Duane Hanson. An old Couple on a Bench, 1994
Henri Rousseau (1844-1910). Der hungrige Löwe wirft sich auf die Antilope (1898-1905). Sammlung Beyeler. Duane Hanson. Playing Children, 1979.
Anselm Kiefer (* 1945). Dein und mein Alter und das Alter der Welt, 1997. Sammlung Beyeler. Duane Hanson, Lunchbreak, 1989.
Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), Madame Cézanne à la chaise jaune, 1888-1890. Sammlung Beyeler. Duane Hanson. Old Lady in Folding Chair, 1976.
Plakat der Ausstellung. Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Champ aux meules de blé, 1890 (Sammlung Beyeler) und Duane Hanson. Artist with Ladder, 1972.
Thank you Fondation Beyeler for your wonderful anniversary. It was great!