May 26 – October 6, 2019
The Fondation Beyeler will devote its summer exhibition 2019 to contemporary painter Rudolf Stingel (born in 1956 in Merano, Italy, he lives and works in New York and Merano). Like few other artists, he probes and interrogates the status quo of painting.
From his very beginnings in the late 1980s, Rudolf Stingel has approached painting in a conceptual and self-reflexive manner, exploring its possibilities and media-specific limits through the interplay of artistic strategies, materials and shapes. Alongside various series of abstract and photorealistic paintings, he creates large-scale works made of styrofoam, cast wall hangings, as well as participative spaces covered in carpets or insulation foil that may be touched and treaded on. His works manifest both the random traces of time and deliberately placed references to their own process of production.
The exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler will be the first museum show in Europe to present a career-spanning selection of Rudolf Stingel’s major series of works. Displaying these historical pieces alongside brand new works created specifically for the exhibition, the show will provide a comprehensive overview of Stingel’s oeuvre and articulate a multiplicity of answers to the question of painting’s current condition and possibilities.
Guest curator Udo Kittelmann, Director of Berlin’s Nationalgalerie, is a long-standing recognised expert of Rudolf Stingel’s work. In close collaboration with the artist, he is developing the exhibition as a site-specific concept for the Fondation Beyeler.
Events and Tips
Museum Admission Voucher Set of 3
"The Young PICASSO – Blue and Rose Periods" February 3 – May 26, 2019: In what will be the cultural highlight of the year, the Fondation Beyeler will present a unique exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s early masterpieces. "Rudolf Stingel" May 26 – October 6, 2019: The first museum show in Europe to present a career-spanning selection of Rudolf Stingel’s major series of works. Developed in close collaboration with the artist. "Resonating Spaces" October 6, 2019 – January 26, 2020: The autumn exhibition brings together exemplary works by renowned contemporary artists, who give varied forms to specific qualities of spatiality.
SUMMER FAIR "RUDOLF STINGEL"
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 – the Summer Party takes place once a year. On this day the museum is open from 10 a.m. right through to 10 p.m., with workshops running from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors benefit from reduced museum admission (CHF 10), and participation in the workshops and short guided tours is free. The concerts in the garden are also free of charge.
The exhibition is being supported by: