Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985) is one of the defining artists of the second half of the 20th century. Stimulated by the work of artists on the margins of the cultural scene, Dubuffet succeeded in liberating himself from traditions and in reinventing art. Dubuffet’s influence can still be felt today in contemporary art and street art, for example in the work of David Hockney, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.
In the first large-scale Jean Dubuffet retrospective in Switzerland this century, the Fondation Beyeler presents the artist’s richly facetted and multilayered oeuvre on the basis of some 100 works. The exhibition thereby starts from Dubuffet’s fascinating idea of landscape, which in his hands can transform itself into a body, a face or an object. The artist experimented in his works with new techniques and materials, such as sand, butterfly wings, sponge and slag, and thereby created a wholly individual and unique visual universe.
Alongside important paintings and sculptures from all the major phases of the artist’s oeuvre, the exhibition is also showing Dubuffet’s spectacular Coucou Bazar, a multimedia work of art combining painting, sculpture, theatre, dance and music.
The exhibition has been made possible by loans from international museums, private collections and the Fondation Dubuffet in Paris and generously supported by Dr. Christoph M. and Sibylla M. Müller.
The Fondation Beyeler will show a comprehensive exhibition devoted to Alexander Calder and the artistic partnership of Peter Fischli and David Weiss. The exhibition centres on the moment of fragile equilibrium, a precarious and at the same time auspicious state that is never more than temporary.
For the first time in a quarter of a century, a Swiss exhibition will be devoted to one of the most fascinating chapters in modern art: Der Blaue Reiter. The exhibition held in Munich in 1911 and the artistic movement by the same name resulted in a revolutionary new experience of art. The presentation will highlight the Almanac of the same name published by Vassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc, which heralded a turning-point in art and has left its mark on generations of artists right up until today.
Selected groups of works executed with different media will illustrate successive phases in the career of the internationally renowned American artist Roni Horn (*1955). In addition to works on paper, photographs and glass sculptures, the show will include a large-format mural executed especially for the exhibition – a new type of work for Roni Horn.