Marlene Dumas 31 Mai – 6 Septembre 2015
Marlene Dumas, For Whom the Bell Tolls, 2008 *

Marlene Dumas (b. 1953, Cape Town, SA, lives in Amsterdam) certainly ranks among the leading painters and artists of our time. In her work she focuses heavily on the human figure. In single and group portraits, Dumas addresses current as well as timeless topics we are all familiar with such as love, death, identity, and mourning, making reference to both present-day issues and themes of art history. She draws on an extensive pictorial archive containing private Polaroid prints, media images, pictures from magazines, as well as film stills as a source for her fascinating, at times disturbing yet always deeply moving paintings.

The exhibition "The Image as Burden" at Fondation Beyeler was planned and designed in close collaboration with Marlene Dumas and realized together with the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Tate Modern London. Sticking to a basic chronological order, the show traces her development as an artist. On display is a selection of over a hundred paintings and drawings, including several rarely shown collages from her early work and a few very recent paintings. Thus the show provides a comprehensive overview of the artist’s oeuvre from the mid-1970s to the present.

Marlene Dumas grew up in South Africa and studied at the University of Cape Town before leaving South Africa in 1976 and traveling to Amsterdam where she still lives today. In 1979 she had her first solo exhibition in a small gallery in Paris. Since then her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions. In 1992 she was invited to participate in Documenta IX in Kassel and in 1995 she featured prominently at the Venice Biennale. Over the last few years her work has been presented in major shows in Europe, the USA, Asia and Japan. Her works are also held in private collections and major art museums across the world, including the MoMA, New York, the Tate Modern, London, and the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Munich.

*Marlene Dumas, For Whom the Bell Tolls, 2008, Öl auf Leinwand, 100 x 90 cm, The Rachofsky Collection and the Dallas Museum of Art through the DMA/amfAR Benefit Auction Fund, © Marlene Dumas, Foto: Peter Cox, © 2015, ProLitteris, Zürich

0,10 – The last futurist exhibition of painting October 4, 2015 – January 17, 2016
0,10 – Letzte futuristische Ausstellung der Malerei in Petrograd im Winter 1915/16. Der Raum von Malewitsch mit Schwarzem Quadrat und weiteren suprematistischen Bildern.

This exhibition celebrates the historic moment in the history of modern art when Kazimir Malevich debuted his new non-objective paintings under the banner of Suprematism and Vladimir Tatlin introduced his revolutionary counter-relief sculptures. They were bitter rivals and diametrically opposed in their creative thinking, so when their new works appeared in an exhibition, entitled 0,10 and organized by fellow artist Ivan Puni in St. Petersburg in 1915, the other 12 artists in the show chose sides. The presentation at the Fondation Beyeler will include most of the works from the original exhibition, many of which are leaving Russia for the first time.

The Black Square October 4, 2015 – 2016

It was at the 0,10 exhibition that Kazimir Malevich presented his Black Square for the first time. The painting, which caused a great stir in its day, enduringly shaped the definition of non-objective art and continues to exert a powerful influence upon many artists today.

Past exhibitions
Peter Doig (2014/15)  
Gustave Courbet (2014/15)  
Gerhard Richter (2014)  
Odilon Redon (2014)  
Daros Latinamerica Collection (2014)  
Thomas Schütte (2013/14)  
Maurizio Cattelan (2013)  
Max Ernst (2013)  
Ferdinand Hodler (2013)  
Edgar Degas (2012/13)  
Philippe Parreno (2012)  
Jeff Koons (2012)  
Pierre Bonnard (2012)  
Surréalism in Paris (2011/12)  
Louise Bourgeois (2011)  
Constantin Brancusi & Richard Serra (2011)  
Segantini (2011)  
Beatriz Milhazes (2011)  
Vienna 1900 (2010/11)  
Monica Studer / Christoph van den Berg (2010/2011)  
Felix Gonzalez-Torres   «Specific Objects without Specific Form» (2010)
Basquiat (2010)  
Henri Rousseau
Henri Rousseau (2010)  
Jenny Holzer
Jenny Holzer (2009/10)  
Giacometti (2009)  
Visual encounters
Visual encounters - Africa, Oceania and modern art (2009)  
Marc Quinn   "Selfs" 1991–2006 (2009)
Franz West (2009)  
Venice (2008/09)  
Fernand Léger
Fernand Léger (2008)  
Action Painting
Action Painting (2008)  
Forests of the world
Forests of the world  The other commitment (2007/08)
The other collection - An homage to Ernst and Hildy Beyeler
The other collection  An homage to Ernst and Hildy Beyeler (2007/08)
Edvard Munch
Edvard Munch  Signs of modern art (2007)
EROS in modern art
EROS in modern art (2006/07)  
EROS - Rodin and Picasso
EROS  Rodin and Picasso (2006)
Henri Matisse
Henri Matisse  Figure, colour, space (2006)
Wolfgang Laib
Wolfgang Laib  The ephemeral is eternal (2005/06)
Contemporary Voices - UBS Art Collection
Contemporary Voices  Fondation Beyeler hosts the UBS Art Collection (2005/06)
René Magritte
René Magritte  The key to dreams (2005)
The surrealist Picasso
The surrealist Picasso (2005)  
Flower Myth
Flower Myth  Vincent van Gogh to Jeff Koons (2005)
ArchiSculpture (2004/05)  
Calder – Miró
Calder – Miró (2004)  
Francis Bacon and the tradition of art (2004)  
Mondrian+Malewitsch  At the centre of the collection (2003/04)
Paul Klee
Paul Klee  Fulfilment in the late work (2003)
EXPRESSIVE! (2003)  
Ellsworth Kelly
Ellsworth Kelly (2002/03)  Works 1956–2002
Claude Monet
Claude Monet  ... up to digital Impressionism (2002)
Anselm Kiefer
Anselm Kiefer (2001/02)  The seven heavenly palaces 1973–2001 (2001/02)
Ornament and abstraction
Ornament and abstraction (2001)  
Mark Rothko
Mark Rothko  A consummated experience between picture and onlooker (2001)
Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol  Series and singles (2000)
Colour to light
Colour to light (2000)  
Cézanne and modernism
Cézanne and modernism (1999/2000)  
Face to face to cyberspace
Face to face to cyberspace (1999)  
Wrapped Trees
The magic of trees  Wrapped Trees (1998/99)
Roy Lichtenstein
Roy Lichtenstein (1998)  
Colours – Sounds
Colours – Sounds  Wassily Kandinsky and Arnold Schönberg (1998)
Renzo Piano
Renzo Piano  Building workshop (1997/98)
Jasper Johns
Jasper Johns  Loans from the artist (1997/98)
Keanu Reeves reads from Paul Gauguins book Noa Noa

In addition to his painting, multi-faceted artist Paul Gauguin wrote a number of texts that offer insights into his life and work. Gauguin’s remarkable book Noa Noa is of particular significance in this respect and offers a poetic blend of autobiography and fictional narrative.
As a man with Polynesian ancestry, the internationally acclaimed actor Keanu Reeves reads from Gauguin’s book.

Peter Doig artist talk

A conversation between the artist and the American art historian Richard Shiff. Doig is one of the most successful artists of his generation. His paintings take the viewer into exotic worlds, rather being mysterious hideaways than paradise.


Impressions in and around the Fondation Beyeler.

Claude Monet, Nymphéas, 1916 - 1919

Works in the Beyeler Collection.