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In 2022, the Fondation Beyeler will celebrate its 25th anniversary. Since its foundation by the collector and gallery owner couple Ernst and Hildy Beyeler in 1997, it has become one of the most visited art museums in Switzerland.
In its birthday year, the Fondation Beyeler is once again presenting a series of top-class exhibitions:¨The first is a major retrospective on "Georgia O'Keeffe", followed by the summer exhibition "Mondrian". In autumn, the Fondation Beyeler presents one of its most extensive exhibitions of collection works to date. The programme will be complemented by a rich and varied programme of events.
The overview of the programme will constantly updated throughout the year. To stay up to date follow us on social media via the hashtag #Beyeler25 or via our newsletter.
From O’Keeffe’s earliest abstractions to her iconic depictions of flowers and landscapes of the American Southwest, the retrospective will offer an in-depth survey of the artist’s work including rarely seen paintings from public and private collections.
"Passages – Landscape, Figure and Abstraction" – 12.2. – 14.8.2022
The interplay between figuration and abstraction is a fascinating subject in modern art. Its many facets are now showcased in our permanent collection, which has been rearranged to juxtapose important paintings and sculptures from impressionism, classical modernism, and contemporary art under this rubric. A stroll through the history of art, the new presentation includes many fine passages between landscapes and figures which illustrate how figurative and abstract elements combine or collide.
"Sondra Perry: Lineage for a Phantom Zone" – 13.2. – 13.3.2022
Fondation Beyeler presents "Lineage for a Phantom Zone", an immersive audio-visual installation by the US-American artist Sondra Perry. The work imagines a dream about the artist’s grandmother that Perry wishes she could have had.
The installation is the first work created as part of the Dream Commission, an initiative of the Muse Rolls-Royce Art Programme in collaboration with the Fondation Beyeler and the Serpentine.
Marking the 150th anniversary of the artist’s birth, the Fondation Beyeler will devote an exhibition to the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian. As one of the most important artists of the avant-garde movement, Mondrian shaped the evolution of painting from figuration to abstraction.
The Great Collection Show – October 2022 – January 2023
Fondation Beyeler celebrates its 25th anniversary by staging the largest-ever presentation of its collection to date. The renowned Beyeler Collection includes nearly 400 works by leading artists from 1800 to the present day. The panoramic exhibition of more than 150 works spanning media from painting, sculpture, and drawing to photography and film showcases the Beyeler Collection in a new, enriching way. The museum will also display Palimpsest, an exhibition project by Columbian artist Doris Salcedo which raises questions about the European refugee crisis and offers a poetic memorial for migrants drowned in the Mediterranean Sea.
In the Fondation Beyeler's birthday year, the exhibitions will be complemented by a varied programme of events. Not all dates have been fixed yet. However, our calendar will be continuously updated. In addition to popular classics such as the summer festival or the sun.sets, there will be several other highlights to mark the 25 year landmark.
We will keep you up to date via our newsletter or on social media.
The exhibitions of the Fondation Beyeler are accompanied by a variety of events and art education offers, and provide entertaining and exciting activities for all ages. The main purpose of art education is to encourage vistors to actively engage with art. By providing supplementary information on works and periods of art history, we seek to promote a better understanding of artists' multifaceted activities. We offer a space for individuals to deepen their contemplation of art and share their impressions and thoughts with others.
All offers are constantly updated in our calendar.
Founding couple Ernst and Hildy Beyeler had a clear vision: the Fondation Beyeler was to become become an open and lively museum capable of inspiring a broad public for art. A museum that, in addition to cultural education, also promotes interpersonal encounters. Today, the Fondation Beyeler is the most visited art museum in Switzerland and is considered one of the most beautiful in the world.
Ernst and Hildy Beyeler were passionately committed to art throughout their lives. In 1997, they made all the paintings and sculptures in their world-famous art collection accessible to the public in the Fondation Beyeler. Today, the collection comprises more than 400 works of classical modernism and contemporary art.
The location in the middle of the Berower Park with its old trees, the lily ponds and the view of cornfields, grazing cows and vineyards at the foothills of the Black Forest is unique. The building designed by Renzo Piano nestles elegantly into this cultural landscape and manages to combine nature, art and architecture in an ideal way.