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.

The exhibitions of the Beyeler Collection marking the Fondation Beyeler’s 20th anniversary are generously supported by:
Hansjörg Wyss, Wyss Foundation

Dr. Christoph M. Müller und Sibylla M. Müller

Basler Kantonalbank
ISS Facility Services 




Hansjörg Wyss,
Wyss Foundation


Dr. Christoph M. Müller und Sibylla M. Müller

Einführung durch Raphaël Bouvier (Kurator)

"Die Rekonstruktion dieser ersten Ausstellung der Sammlung Beyeler zeigt den speziellen und sehr eigenen Blick von Ernst Beyeler auf seine eigene Sammlung" 

Interview mit Prof. Gottfried Boehm

"Es war ihm ein Anliegen die Starken Persönlichkeiten der Bilder untereinander und mit dem Besucher ins Gespräch zu bringen." Prof. Dr. Goffried Boehm


Foundation of Stiftung Beyeler

First exhibition of the Beyeler Collection at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid. This was followed by presentations at the Nationalgalerie, Berlin (1993) and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (1996-97).

First design of museum building by the Italian architect Renzo Piano.

Laying of cornerstone

Conclusion of construction work. Ernst Beyeler begins hanging his collection, in an arrangement previously tested in a model.

Opening weekend celebrations, with official inauguration on Saturday, October 18, by Federal Councillor Ruth Dreifuss.