13. June – 21. September 2021

Presentation of the collection

The Fondation Beyeler’s current collection display is connected to Olafur Eliasson’s Life exhibition and explores the relationship between nature and culture in art through selected modern and contemporary art works depicting the human, animal and vegetal realms. Landscapes, still lifes and portraits uncover a dense web of relationships with the environment.

The exhibition brings together more than 100 works from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including masterpieces and major groups of works by Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Ferdinand Hodler, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Alberto Giacometti, Louise Bourgeois, Mark Rothko, Sigmar Polke, Roni Horn, Peter Doig, Philippe Parreno, Tacita Dean and Wolfgang Tillmans as well as rarely displayed works and recent acquisitions. Using a vast range of media – painting, sculpture, photography, drawing and multimedia installations – the works on display chart the full scope and complexity of the relationship between nature and culture. This collection display, the most comprehensive in a long time, is the only one the Fondation Beyeler will stage this year. It offers a rare opportunity to re(discover) a significant part of the museum’s celebrated collection. The exhibition occupies a total of twelve rooms.


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Bring art to your home

Henri Matisse, Acanthes, 1953
Liven up your walls

To keep the impressions of your visit fresh in your mind and art a presence in your daily life, too, the Fondation Beyeler offers a variety of exclusive reproductions of works from the collection. Find your favorite artwork in the Shop and enjoy it within your own four walls!

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Catalogue "Joie De Vivre"
Catalogues from the Galerie Beyeler epoch

In line with the Beyelers’ high standards when it came to art, each exhibition at the Galerie Beyeler was accompanied by a high-quality, carefully designed and prepared catalogue. A few copies of some of these original catalogues still survive and are available to purchase.

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Wassily Kandinsky, Fuga, 1914
Colorful picture puzzle in 100 pieces

The idea of cutting up a picture into small pieces, and then having fun trying to reassemble it again, is over 250 years old. Doing a jigsaw of one of the works from the Fondation Beyeler collection is a particularly enjoyable way of getting to know a painting in detail.

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The exhibition is being supported by: