May 20 – August 12, 2018

With works by Brice Marden from the Daros Collection

Nature and abstraction have long been a couple in art. This year’s second collection presentation shows how differently artists explore this twosome. From Claude Monet to Roni Horn, from Piet Mondrian to Barnett Newman, or from Gerhard Richter to Tacita Dean – for all of them, investigating nature and its varied perception plays a major role. While moving from one room to the next, we notice that Nature and Abstraction might just as well be called Clouds and Surface or Colour and Light.

The exhibition was curated by Theodora Vischer, Senior Curator Fondation Beyeler.



Room Guide

Tacita Dean and Lucas Arruda

Presented for the first time at the museum are the newly acquired works by the British artist Tacita Dean, Cúmulo (2016), and by the Brazilian artist Lucas Arruda, Untitled (from the Series Deserto-Modelo), 2015-2018. With her art, Dean repeatedly aims at capturing the fleeting quality of things and phenomena in nature, and of movement and light. Since the beginning of her career she has produced—parallel to her outstanding film work and alongside small-format drawings on paper—large, in part monumental, blackboard drawings.

Brice Marden

The central exhibition room of this year’s summer presentation of the collection is dedicated to the American artist Brice Marden (b. 1938). The exceptionally clear and seemingly simple paintings by American artist Brice Marden are deeply influenced by his personal interests and fascination with nature, light, and colour. The artist once remarked: "I believe there are highly emotional paintings not to be admired for any technical or intellectual reason but to be felt." The works by Brice Marden shown in this room are on loan from the Daros Collection, Zurich.

Ernesto Neto

In connection with the public art project which the Foundation is showing from June 30 to July 29 in Zürich Main station, a room in the museum is devoted to a display of further works by the Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto. The early works Colonia (1988) and paff puff and the eternal infinite (1998) are supplemented by Altar for a plant (2017), a work from the permanent collection, which was specially devised for the pavilion in the Berower Park.