Three exhibitions of the permanent collection to mark our 20th birthday The Original; February 5 - May 7, 2017

In 2017, the Fondation Beyeler is celebrating its 20th birthday with three special exhibitions of its collection. During the course of the year, the Beyeler Collection will be shown from three different perspectives: with a look back at the first exhibition, with a look at the present, and with a forward gaze.

The Original

The first exhibition pays homage to the museum’s founders, Ernst and Hildy Beyeler, by reconstructing the collection’s original hanging at the Fondation Beyeler’s inauguration twenty years ago. It will thereby highlight the founders’ view of their own collection and document the point of departure for the subsequent presentations.

Wolfgang Tillmans May 28 – October 1, 2017
Wolfgang Tillmans Wet Room (Barnaby), 2010 Unframed inkjet print on paper, clips 138 x 208 cm, © Wolfgang Tillmans

The big summer exhibition of 2017 will be devoted to the work of the artist Wolfgang Tillmans (*1968).
The show will centre on the studio as a working space in which his photographs are tested and produced for the first time, as well as the studio as social place, where Tillmans spends much of his life. A complex entity that influences the images in different ways. The exhibition will develop along pictures from that working space – studio pictures, still lifes and portraits. At the same time, such photographs provide starting points outlined in the exhibition through Tillmans’s extraordinary pictorial experiments and the pictorial inventions in which they result. At this point, music and film come into play as well.
Tillmans first made a name for himself in the early 1990s through today iconic photographs that captured the attitude of an entire generation and a youth culture of which he was part and which previously had no images of its own. However, he soon widened his focus more and more, experimenting with the means of photography to identify new images – works created with and without camera, photographs printed as C-prints on photographic paper, as inkjet prints on paper, or as photocopies.
Creating images at the edges of the visible lies at the heart of Tillmans’s art. He seeks to provoke visibility or, conversely, to obfuscate it. Since the late 1980s he has created an extraordinary and extremely influential body of work.
The exhibition is the first comprehensive engagement with the medium of photography at the Fondation Beyeler. In close cooperation with Wolfgang Tillmans, it will present an extensive selection of C-prints and inkjet prints as well as films and sound works.

Three exhibitions of the permanent collection to mark our 20th birthday ReMixed; October 15, 2017 - January 1, 2018


The second exhibition in the series will show the collection in its present state. In recent years, it has started to be extended through acquisitions designed to give it a contemporary facet. The interaction between acquisitions and the existing collection is always a key criterion for decisions about what to select. This presentation will showcase the dialog between artists and the collection in many different ways.

Paul Klee October 1, 2017 – January 21, 2018
Signs in Yellow, 1937, 210 (U 10), Pastel on cotton on coloured paste on burlap on stretcher, 83,5 x 50,3 cm Photo: Robert Bayer, Basel
The exhibition is devoted to a previously little explored aspect of Paul Klee’s work, namely abstraction. In the first half of the twentieth century, the move away from figurativeness and the development of abstract art became a key theme for many European artists. The Swiss artist Paul Klee also responded to this challenge: the almost 10,000 works he created in the course of his career include exciting examples of the development of abstract pictorial worlds and of the processes of abstraction in painting. The key aspects of Klee’s abstract works are, moreover, a central strand of his entire oeuvre: nature, architecture, music and written characters.
The retrospective exhibition will present around 100 works from all periods of Klee’s career – starting in 1913 – and will bring together valuable loans from numerous renowned institutions and private collections in Europe and overseas. Alongside major masterpieces, it will feature rarely exhibited works that show Paul Klee in a surprising new light.
With a total of 20 works, Paul Klee is the best represented artist in the Beyeler Collection after Pablo Picasso. Both as a collector and as an art dealer, Ernst Beyeler, the founder of our museum, championed Paul Klee’s art in many different ways. In all, around 500 works by Klee passed through the hands of the Basel collector and gallery owner. As a collector, Ernst Beyeler chiefly concentrated on Klee’s late work, which he particularly esteemed for “the quality of its colors and its expressiveness”. Over the years, he accumulated a remarkable collection that includes masterpieces like Rising Star, 1931, 230 and Signs in Yellow, 1937, 210.
Three exhibitions of the permanent collection to mark our 20th birthday In Cooperation; October 15, 2017 - January 1, 2018

In Cooperation

The third exhibition of the series will show possible ways in which the Fondation Beyeler’s collection could be extended through loans from certain private collections closely associated with the museum, as well as through acquisitions and donations.

Past exhibitions
Jean Dubuffet – Metamorphoses of Landscape  
In Search of 0,10 - The Last Futurist Exhibition of Painting (2015/16)  
Black Sun (2015/16)  
Paul Gauguin (2015)  
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)
Free admission up to 25

As this year is our 20th birthday we would like to give a special gift to our young visitors.
Everyone up to 25 will be admitted free of charge throughout 2017.

Always True (1997)

The artist Marlene Dumas reads selected texts from her book "Sweet Nothings - Notes and Texts".

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.