ART BASEL 2022
Hall 2.0 | Booth H1
The Fondation Beyeler is dedicating this year's presentation at Art Basel to two important artists who in their work address the brutality of war – Francisco de Goya and Pablo Picasso.
During Art Basel, the Fondation Beyeler presents the premiere of Peter Fischli's new artist's book Snowman, a catalogue vernissage for “Mondrian Evolution” with the renowned graphic designer Irma Boom, and a talk with the Portuguese-born, Berlin-based artist Leonor Antunes. Furthermore, the international project “In the Eye of the Storm. Modernism in Ukraine 1900s–1930s”, which deals with the emergence and development of modernism in Ukraine, will be introduced.
Open daily from Sunday, June 12 to Sunday, June 19 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
On Saturday, 18 June, the museum will be open until 9 pm for sun.set visitors due to the sun.set event. For day visitors, the museum closes at 7 pm.
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The Fondation Beyeler is dedicating this year's presentation at Art Basel to two important artists who in their work address the brutality of war – Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828) and Pablo Picasso (1881–1973). Goya's harrowing Disasters of War are among the masterpieces of art history. The artist created these radical prints between 1810 and 1814 under the impression of the Spanish War of Independence and its consequences. In them, Goya depicts pain, violence, expulsion, torture and murder with an equally critical and unsparing eye. Goya created images of universal validity that to this day symbolise the horrors of war and their disastrous consequences. Goya's multi-layered work has had a great influence on modern and contemporary artists. Among them Pablo Picasso, who also addressed violence and war in some of his paintings. In his Weeping Woman I (La femme qui pleure I) from 1937, for example, the depicted woman stands for a kind of profane mother of sorrow of modernity in the context of the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and fascism in Europe. In the 1962 painting The Rape of the Sabines (L'enlèvement des Sabines), Picasso takes a crime from ancient mythology as a reference for the crises and wars of his own time.
This summer, the Fondation Beyeler celebrates its 25th anniversary with the exhibition "Mondrian Evolution". On the basis of 89 works from private and public collections from Europe and the USA, the exhibition traces the impressive development of Piet Mondrian from a 19th-century painter to one of the leading protagonists of modernism. The collection presentation "Passages - Landscape, Figure and Abstraction" also deals with the interrelation between figuration and abstraction and presents 114 works from impressionism to classical modernism and contemporary art. To mark Gerhard Richter's 90th birthday, the Fondation Beyeler is presenting two exhibition rooms with works from the collection and loans dedicated to the artist's oeuvre. In one of Richter's rooms, "mood", a new series of works on paper, is on show for the first time.
Work by Ukrainian artists to go on public display during Art Basel
Eleven diptychs from Boris Mikhailov’s latest photographic series “Temptation of Death” will be displayed prominently across the facades and entrances of cultural institutions in Basel as well as the City Hall. The public art project will be presented alongside a film program curated by Ksenia Malykh from the PinchukArtCentre in Kyiv. Screened at Theater Basel, the program features work by Oleksandr Roitburd, a participant in the Ukrainian New Wave movement, as well as films by a younger generation of artists creating a fragmented portrait of Ukraine today.
Book Presentation: "Deserto-Modelo" by Lucas Arruda
THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 4 P.M. | Deserto-Modelo is the first comprehensive monograph on the Brazilian artist Lucas Arruda, published in connection with his exhibition of the same title at the Fridericianum in Kassel in 2019. The collection of the Fondation Beyeler contains eleven works from the Deserto-Modelo series (2015), three of which are to be seen in Passages – Landscape, Figure and Abstraction, the current presentation of the museum's permanent collection. Arruda's work includes painting, printmaking, and the creation of light installations, projections, and films. The artist will be present at the event. The event is freely accessible and will take place in the park of the Fondation Beyeler.
“In the Eye of the Storm. Modernism in Ukraine 1900s–1930s”
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 4 P.M. | The exhibition “In the Eye of the Storm. Modernism in Ukraine 1900s–1930s”, which will be on display at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemoisza in Madrid and the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, is dedicated to the development of Ukrainian modernism between 1900 and 1930 in the cultural centres of Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odesa. It is the first comprehensive exhibition of Ukrainian art from the beginning of the 20th century in leading European museums. The event is held with the support of the Ukrainian Institute. The organizational partners are the Art for Victory Foundation and The Natalia Cola Foundation. The event will be held in English and is free of charge.
Snowman book launch in the presence of Peter Fischli
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 6 P.M. | Originally conceived in 1990 for the Römerbrücke combined heat and power plant in Saarbrücken, Snowman by Fischli/Weiss looks back on a 30-year history that is also entwined with the development of electricity generation. Realized in its present form in 2016, Snowman has stood in the Fondation Beyeler gardens since 2020 as the museum’s first solar-powered work of sculpture. The story of Snowman has now been recorded in a new artist’s book by Peter Fischli. Admission with museum ticket.
Mondrian Evolution catalogue vernissage with Irma Boom
THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 6 P.M. | The internationally renowned graphic designer Irma Boom is one of the most inventive and experimental designers of our time. Her books are characterized by unusual materials, colors and formats, making them a visual and tactile sensory experience. In conversation with exhibition curator Ulf Küster, she will be talking about her work on the Mondrian Evolution catalogue. Irma Boom will be signing books at the end of the event. The event will be held in English. Admission to the museum prior to the event is included in the ticket.
Talk with Leonor Antunes
FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 6 P.M. | In her large-scale installations, the Portuguese artist Leonor Antunes explores the mutability of sculpture and the modern language of form. The Fondation Beyeler presented Leonor Antunes most recently in 2019, as part of the exhibition “Resonating Spaces”. The museum’s permanent collection houses two of her works: Anni #19, 2018, and the last days in Galliate, 2018. At this event, Leonor Antunes will be speaking about her work and career. The event will be held in English. Admission to the museum prior to the event is included in the ticket.
Art Basel Booth 2022
The Fondation Beyeler is dedicating this year's presentation at Art Basel to two important artists who in their work address the brutality of war – Francisco de Goya y Lucientes and Pablo Picasso. Goya's multi-layered work has had a great influence on modern and contemporary artists. Among them Pablo Picasso, who also addressed violence and war in some of his paintings.
"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 via our permanent collection, which has been rearranged to juxtapose important paintings and sculptures from impressionism, classical modernism, and contemporary art under this rubric.
"Mondrian Evolution" 5.6.2022 – 9.10.2022
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.
Our Art Editions
Snowman von Peter Fischli und David Weiss, 2022
Since 2020, the Fondation Beyeler has been presenting the sculpture Snowman by Peter Fischli and David Weiss, for the first time as a solar-powered sculpture in the Museum Park. The recently realised Art Edition Snowman von Peter Fischli und David Weiss, 2022 shows a photograph of the sculpture taken by Peter Fischli. The prints are available in an edition of 52, numbered and signed.
Untitled Film Still #21, 1978
Untitled Film Still #21, 1978 is from Sherman’s critically acclaimed Untitled Film Stills, a series of 69 black-and-white portraits in which Sherman embodies a number of stereotypical female characters and cartoon figures inspired by Hollywood movies. THE SKATEROOM will donats at least 10% of the proceeds to the Free Movement Skateboarding organization in Greece.
Mondriaan & Mondrian, 2022
Marking the 150th anniversary of the artist’s birth, the Fondation Beyeler will devote an exhibition to the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian. The Art Edition Mondriaan & Mondrian was designed by Irma Boom exclusively for the Fondation Beyeler and shows two overlapping portraits of Piet Mondrian. The prints are available in an edition of 50, numbered and hand signed.
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