January 22 - May 28, 2017

To mark its twentieth anniversary, we are 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. 

Claude Monet was a great pioneer, who found the key to the secret garden of modern painting, and opened everyone's eyes to a new way of seeing the world.

The exhibition will bring together sixty-three masterpieces from private collections and renowned museums such as the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the Pola Museum in Japan, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and the Art Institute in Chicago.



The exhibition "Monet" is being supported by:

Hansjörg Wyss, Wyss Foundation

Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation
Bundesamt für Kultur BAK

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Introduction by curator Ulf Küster

"How Monet becomes a poet of images" - Ulf Küster talks about the main topics of the exhibition.

In the footsteps of Monet – Instagramers on the way to Normandy

This week our Monet curator Ulf Küster will travel with the Instagram-Stars and landscape photographers Martina Bisaz, Patrick A. Güller, Valentin Manhart and Andre Stummer to places Claude Monet visited 100 years ago. They will visit the Normandy and take photographs of the famous motifs Etretat or Rouen Cathedral from May 30 until April 2 2017. In this picture you see three of four photographers with our curatorial assistant Hannah Rocchi in the exhibition "Monet".

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Oscar-Claude Monet was born in Paris on November 14, 1840, the son of Claude-Alphonse, a commercial officer,and Louise-Justine Aubrée. From 1845 on he grew up in the port city of Le Havre in Normandy, his father having found employment in the trading house of his brother in-law, Jacques Lecadre. The Lecadres owned a house three kilometers away in the little fishing village of Sainte-Adresse, which as a burgeoning bathing resort was much loved by the Monets. Claude attended the local high school beginning in 1851 and there received his first drawing lessons. His earliest surviving sketches dating from 1856 show caricatures of his teachers and the landscapes of Le Havre.


«The world's appearance would be shaken if we succeeded in perceiving the spaces in between things as things.» These words from the philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty apply to the core of Claude Monet's art in the years between 1880 and the beginning of the twentieth century. While interest usually lies only on the early and late work of this exceptional artist, the catalogue, containing more than fifty works of art, traces the development between these two periods. Accompanied by texts by well-known art historians, the reader is invited to follow Monet's unusual treatment of reflections and shadows in his paintings. It allowed him to break loose from the modalities of representational logic and the pictorial object. And they made room for an aesthetic that helped to do justice to perception itself and to enforce a painting's self-reflexive momentum.


Ed. Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Ulf Küster
Text(s) by Maria Becker, Gottfried Boehm, Ulf Küster, Philippe Piguet, Hannah Rocchi, and James H. Rubin Graphic design by Uwe Koch
2017. 180 pp., 130 ills.
27.40 x 31.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-4239-9

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Monet in the morning

Early risers can enjoy the works of Claude Monet in morning tranquility. Start your day with a curator’s tour or an accompanied meditation inside the exhibition. Breakfast is available afterwards in the Berower Park Restaurant for CHF 12.50. Breakfast reservations here.

Price: CHF 10 plus museum admission. Please note that places are limited.
The curator's tours take ca. 75 mins. (in German)
The meditation sessions take 30 mins. (in German) followed by individual visit of the exhibition



Alternate Tuesdays, 7.30 – 9 a.m.

January 24 Curator's tour with Ulf Küster - Sold out
February 7 Meditation with Tanja Koechlin (Yogastudio mint) - Sold out
February 21 Meditation with Salome Noah (Studio noa:yoga) - Sold out
March 7 Meditation with Salome Noah (Studio noa:yoga) - Sold out
March 21  Curator's tour with Ulf Küster - Sold out
April 4 Meditation with Ottilia Scherer (Chair Yoga Schweiz) - Sold out
April 18  Curator's tour with Ulf Küster - Sold out
May 2 Méditation en français avec Jiko Simone Wolf (Temple zen de Kôsetsuji)
May 16 Meditation with Zen-Instructor Dr. phil. Sensei Peter Widmer (Zen Zentrum Basel) - Sold out

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« …my constant and most tender thoughts… »
Monet and his letters – An evening with Lambert Wilson

Friday, April 7, 2017 6.30 p.m.

6.30-7.30 p.m.

On the occasion of the “Monet” exhibition, the internationally known French actor (who appeared in Swiss cinemas in the film Odyssey and La vache) will be a guest at the Fondation Beyeler, where he will read from Claude Monet’s letters. The reading will be in French.

Price: CHF 50.- / Young Art Club, Art Club & Friends CHF 22.–

The cost of museum admission is included in the price. The exhibition can be visited beforehand.





Sunday, April 9,2017
10 a.m. -6 p.m

At workshops in the park, museum, and our studios, children and parents can approach art in a playful and experimental manner through the artworks and themes of the current exhibition.

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Talk by Niklaus Brantschen - “Experiencing sense through the senses”

Friday, May 19, 2017
6.30 p.m.

The Swiss Jesuit and Zen master Niklaus Brantschen will give a talk on the occasion of the “Monet” exhibition.

“If you wish to attain insight, be not averse to the world of the senses. In fact, he who does not scorn the world of the senses, is one with true enlightenment.” – Zen Master Hui Neng

This event is included in the cost of museum admission. The exhibition can be visited beforehand.



Under the Influence of Claude, Vincent, Paul… and the others

Der Einfluss der impressionistischen Malerei auf das junge französische Kino

Die Film-Installation von Matthias Brunner ist für die Fondation Beyeler anlässlich der Ausstellung „Monet“ entstanden. Sie dauert 30 Minuten und ist von der Symphonie Nr. 4 von Arvo Pärt untermalt. 

Kaum eine Filmgattung ist so stark mit der bildenden Kunst verbunden, wie der impressionistische Film der 20er Jahre des letzten Jahrhunderts mit  dem Impressionismus der französischen Malerei.  Rein stilistisch betrachtet, wurden Filmpioniere und Regie-Ikonen wie Abel Gance, Jean Epstein, Germaine Dulac und Louis Delluc stark von der impressionistischen Malerei des 19. Jahrhunderts geprägt. Aber auch zahlreiche andere grosse Künstler wie Man Ray, der sich später einen grossen Namen bei den Surrealisten gemacht hat, oder Regisseure wie Jean Vigo und Jean Renoir, die zum Vertreter des poetischen Realismus gehörten, wurden in ihren frühen Werken vom französischen Impressionismus geprägt. So wurde der Impressionismus zur Eingangspforte für spätere, radikale Veränderungen der Filmsprache.

Wer die Farben der impressionistischen Malerei im noch jungen damaligen Kino vermisst, wird grosszügig entschädigt durch die raffinierte Filmtechnik, die sich durch schnelle Montagen, Zeitraffer, Unschärfen, Doppelbelichtungen, Lichtreflexionen, etc. auszeichnet. Der Dialog Malerei – Film – Malerei lässt sich vielleicht am Besten – bis zum heutigen Tag - beim Werk von Jean-Luc Godard nachvollziehen. In seinen Filmen wimmelt es an Zitaten aus der Malerei und Kunstgeschichte. 

Besonders erwähnenswert sind ausländische Regisseure wie Sergej Eisenstein und  G.V. Alexandrov, die in Frankreich «Romance sentimentale» drehten sowie ein weiterer Russe, Dimitri Kirsanoff, der in der Schweiz die legendäre französisch-schweizerische Co-Produktion „Rapt“ nach Ramuz drehte, wie auch Alberto Cavalcanti, der in Paris arbeitende, brasilianische Regisseur mit «Rien que les heures». Ihre Filme – alles französische Produktionen - stehen den französischen Regisseuren in kaum etwas nach und werden immer wieder mit dem französischen impressionistischen Film in Verbindung gebracht.

Die filmische Collage mit Ausschnitten aus 25 Filmen der 12 berühmtesten Regisseure, die damals in Frankreich für Furore sorgten, ist als eine Hommage an die impressionistische Malerei zu betrachten und an den impressionistischen Film, aus dem später das «Cinéma Pur», der abstrakte Film, sowie auch der Surrealismus und der poetische Realismus hervor gingen. 

In Gedenken an:
Jean Epstein; Man Ray; Abel Gance; Dimitri Kirsanoff; Louis Delluc; Sergej Eisenstein; Germaine Dulac; G.V. Alexandrov; Jean Renoir; Alberto Cavalcanti; Louis Feuillade; Jean Vigo

Mit besonderem Dank an:
Dr. h.c. Sam Keller, Dr. Ulf Küster, Prof. Dr. Gottfried Boehm, Dr. Pamela Kort, Christian Wirtz, Heinz Spoerli, Jürg Steinacher