“I am chasing a dream, I want the unattainable.”

Claude Monet

January 22 – May 28, 2017

To mark its twentieth anniversary, the Fondation Beyeler is presenting one of the most important and best-loved artists: Claude Monet. The exhibition will be a celebration of light and color, illustrating the artistic development of the great French painter from Impressionism to his famous late work. It will feature his Mediterranean landscapes, wild Atlantic coastal scenes, different stretches of the Seine, meadows with wild flowers, haystacks, water lilies, cathedrals, and bridges shrouded in fog. In his paintings, Monet experimented with changing light and color effects in the course of a day and in different seasons. He succeeded in evoking magical moods through reflections and shadows.

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May 28 – October 1, 2017

The major summer exhibition is dedicated to Wolfgang Tillmans (*1968). Tillmans was born in 1968 in Remscheid, Germany. At 20 he lived in Hamburg, where he began his work as an artist. He studied at the College of Art and Design in Bournemouth in the early 90s. Between 1992 and 2007, he lived and worked predominantly in London; afterward, he shifted his focus to Berlin.

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MAY 22 – November 12, 2017

From the end of May to the end of October 2017, the Anglo-German artist Tino Sehgal (*1976) will be present at the Fondation Beyeler with an exhibition designed as a series of six successive presentations. Each work will be shown either in the museum's gardens or in one of its galleries. Sehgal’s works, which he calls «constructed situations», will be interpreted by male and female artistes; the situations are immaterial and fleeting, the thing that truly matters being the viewer's experiencing of the situation. The point of departure for the exhibition is This You, a work acquired two years ago for the Fondation Beyeler's collection.  

June 9 - September 3, 2017

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.

October 1, 2017 – January 21, 2018

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.

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October 15, 2017 - January 1, 2018

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.