Fondation Beyeler Publications

The Fondation Beyeler attaches great importance to the publication of attractively designed, informative catalogues and other material on the museum’s permanent collection and its temporary exhibitions. Here you will find some suggestions for reading your way into the Beyeler Collection.

Catalogues of exhibitions

Accompanying each exhibition, the Fondation Beyeler publishes a comprehensive catalogue with numerous reproductions and texts about the exhibition.

Exhibition catalogues
Catalogue for the «EDGAR DEGAS» exhibition   September 30, 2012 - January 27, 2013
Catalogue for the «JEFF KOONS» exhibition  May 13 - September 2, 2012
Catalogue for the «PIERRE BONNARD» exhibition  January 29 - May 13, 2012
Catalogue for the «SURREALISME A PARIS» exhibition  October 2, 2011 - January 29, 2012
Catalogue for the «BRANCUSI & SERRA» exhibition  May 22 - August 21, 2011
Catalogue for the «SEGANTINI» exhibition  January 16 - April 25, 2011
Catalogue for the «VIENNA 1900 - KLIMT, SCHIELE AND THEIR TIMES» exhibition  September 25, 2010 - January 16, 2011
Catalogue for the «BASQUIAT» exhibition  May 9 – September 5, 2010
Henri Rousseau (2010)
Catalogue for the «HENRI ROUSSEAU» exhibition  February 7 – May 9, 2010
Jenny Holzer (2009/10)
Catalogue of the «JENNY HOLZER» exhibition  November 1, 2009 – January 24, 2010
Beyeler Collection catalogue

The revised catalogue of the Beyeler Collection was published in 2007, our tenth anniversary year. It contains reproductions of 230 paintings, sculptures and works on paper, and includes essays by Jorge Semprun, Nicholas Serota and Reinhold Hohl, as well as statements about individual works by Ernst Beyeler and curators of the Fondation Beyeler.

Fondation Beyeler (2005/06)
Catalogue of the Beyeler Collection  
Publication series ANSICHTEN

Our publication series ANSICHTEN (‘Views’; texts in German only) is intended for art lovers and art educators who wish to gain a deeper understanding of works on display in the Fondation Beyeler. Each slim A4 booklet (24 pages, with numerous colour reproductions) introduces the reader to outstanding paintings and sculptures in the Fondation Beyeler, providing detailed background information that also sets the works in a broader context.
By acquainting readers and visitors with different views and perspectives in this form, the Fondation Beyeler aims to provide new insights and explore ways of experiencing art.
Each issue of the ANSICHTEN series is structured along the same lines.


  • detailed descriptions of individual works
  • background information on individual works (e.g. artistic techniques employed, genre conventions, pictorial sources or influences)
  • details on the history of the work’s development and its reception
  • suggestions as to how to conduct educational experiments, observations and games in the museum context
  • ideas for practical applications in a studio, classroom or other situation
  • biography and photograph of the artist; further reading
Issue 10: Jackson Pollock  
Issue 11: Fernand Léger  
Issue 12: Roy Lichtenstein  
MEISTERWERKE / MASTERPIECES in the spotlight A museum guide for old and young

Ready to take a tour of the Fondation Beyeler? MEISTERWERKE unter der Lupe presents 35 works of art and numerous famous artists. These painters and sculptors are acclaimed not only for having created ‘beautiful’ and ‘interesting’ pictures or sculptures, but also and above all because they developed an entirely new way of seeing and depicting their subjects.
This fascinating book presents the featured painters and sculptors as discoverers and inventors, thereby spotlighting the particular qualities of each artist. (In German only)

Further publications of the Fondation Beyeler
Ernst Beyeler: Leidenschaftlich für die Kunst  

Conversations between Ernst Beyeler and Christophe Mory, with reflections and anecdotes about the art market and collectors, and Ernst Beyeler’s life of passionate involvement with art. (In German only)

Renzo Piano, Fondation Beyeler  

This abundantly illustrated architectural book, which includes exclusive drawings from the museum’s planning and development phases, and correspondence between Ernst Beyeler and Renzo Piano, offers a unique insight into the building’s origins and development and underlines the significant role played by Ernst Beyeler as a contributor of ideas and a critical observer.

Die Fondation Beyeler   DU Special Issue, no. 805, April 2010 (in German only)

The 2010 Special Issue of DU magazine presents a portrait of Ernst and Hildy Beyeler – their work at the Galerie Beyeler, their collection, the Fondation Beyeler and the life-long achievements of these two committed benefactors of art. It contains an interview with Sam Keller, the current director of the museum, and a piece by curator Ulf Küster on how an exhibition comes about. The lavishly illustrated 70-page magazine also includes an extensive essay by Renzo Piano about the museum’s architecture.

Alberto Giacometti  Raum, Figur, Zeit

An accomplished introduction to the life and work of Alberto Giacometti, written by Ulf Küster, curator of the major summer exhibition “Giacometti”. (in German only)

Giacometti  Listening to Art

The illustrated book Listening to Art (CD included) offers a new experience for the eyes and the ears – a virtual exhibition tour. This official audio guide takes you on an hour-long tour to discover a wealth of facts and interesting information about the outstanding works shown in the 2009 Giacometti exhibition, accompanied by large-format colour reproductions of the masterpieces described in the commentary. The perfect solution for anyone looking for an entertaining way to explore art, but also for those who missed the exhibition – or visitors who wish to relive the experience at home.(in German only)