GOYA. 70 paintings and more than 100 drawings and prints at the Fondation Beyeler, Basel


GOYA. 70 paintings and more than 100 drawings and prints at the Fondation Beyeler, Basel

From 10 October 2021 to 23 January 2022, The Fondation Beyeler in Basel presents the most significant exhibition ever devoted to Francisco de Goya (1746–1828).
The exhibition brings together around 70 paintings and more than 100 masterful drawings and prints and, for the first time, rarely displayed paintings from Spanish private collections will be shown alongside key works from distinguished European and American museums.
Today as during the artist’s lifetime, Goya’s works present viewers with a unique sensory and intellectual experience. For the past two centuries, his complex and ambiguous oeuvre has acted as a beacon and a landmark for many artists.
In his genre scenes and history paintings, Goya depicts events from everyday life in Spain around 1800 – socially, politically, and religiously troubled times. Recurring settings include markets and bullrings, prisons and ecclesiastical institutions, lunatic asylums, and the courts of the Inquisition. Depictions of witches are another key motif, used by Goya to expose the superstition of his time. Next to a group of etchings from “The Disasters of War” (Los desastres de la guerra,1811–1814), the exhibition will also feature a selection of prints from the 1799 “Caprichos” series, among them the celebrated plate no. 43, programmatically titled “The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters”.


above: Francisco de Goya
The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, (El sueño de la razón produce monstruos), 1797–1799, Etching and aquatint, 22.2 x 15.2 cm (plate), 31.9 × 21.8 cm (sheet) Collection of E. W. K., Bern, Caprichos, 43, 1st ed. Photo: Courtesy Galerie Kornfeld, Bern

The Black Painting series
Commissioned by the Fondation Beyeler, renowned French artist Philippe Parreno (*1964) has created a film based on Goya’s iconic “Black Paintings series” (Pinturas Negras, 1819–1824), which will premiere at the exhibition. The 14 murals were originally painted in Goya’s residence on the outskirts of Madrid and were most likely not intended for public viewing. Now in the collection of the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, the paintings are so fragile that they cannot leave the museum.


above: Francisco de Goya, El Aquelarre / El gran cabrón, 1819 -1823 (from the Black Painting series), Museo del Prado, Madrid, c Wikipedia-public domain.

The Goya exhibition is organized by the Fondation Beyeler in cooperation with the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, and was developed by Isabela Mora and Sam Keller.
It is curated by Martin Schwander, Curator at Large, in cooperation with Gudrun Maurer, Scientific Advisor. Project management by Ioana Jimborean and Fiona Hesse, Associate Curators.


above: Francisco de Goya
The Clothed Maja, (La maja vestida), 1800–1807, Oil on canvas, 95 x 190 cm.
Museo Nacional del Prado. Madrid. © Photographic Archive. Museo Nacional del Prado. Madrid


above: Francisco de Goya
Plague Hospital, (Hospital de apestados), 1808–1810, Oil on canvas, 32.5 x 57.3 cm.
Collection of the Marquess de la Romana, Madrid.


above: Francisco de Goya
Witches’ Flight, (Vuelo de brujas), 1797–1798, Oil on canvas, 43.5 x 30.5 cm
Museo Nacional del Prado. Madrid, © Photographic Archive. Museo Nacional del Prado. Madrid


above and cover image: Francisco de Goya
Self-Portrait, (Autorretrato), 1815, Oil on canvas, 45.8 x 35.6 cm
Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. © Photographic Archive. Museo Nacional del Prado. Madrid

Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel,
October 10, 2021 / January 23, 2022

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