With a major retrospective on Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986), the Fondation Beyeler is dedicating the first exhibition of 2022 to one of the most significant female artists of the 20th century and an outstanding figure in modern American art. 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. The exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler will examine Georgia O’Keeffe’s particular way of looking at her surroundings and translating them into new and hitherto unseen images of reality. “One rarely takes the time to really see a flower. I have painted it big enough so that others would see what I would see.” This early quote from 1926 has become a common thread in O’Keeffe’s art and life. The exhibition in Basel aims to focus the attention on the topicality of O’Keeffe’s bold and radical way of looking. Spanning more than six decades, “Georgia O’Keeffe” will be the artist’s first major retrospective in Basel and the first comprehensive overview of O’Keeffe’s oeuvre in Switzerland for almost 20 years.
The exhibition is organised by the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel in collaboration with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe.