Fondation Beyeler celebrates its 20th anniversary with “The Original” collection
By FEDERICA LUSIARDI - March 1, 2017
From February 5 to May 7, 2017 the Fondation Beyeler presents the exhibition “Beyeler Collection / The Original”.
cover-image: Pablo Picasso, Le Sauvetage, (detail) 1932, Oil on canvas, 130,0 x 97,5 cm Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Beyeler Collection © Succession Picasso / ProLitteris, Zurich / photo: Robert Bayer
In 2017 the Fondation Beyeler celebrates its 20th anniversary with a program of three special exhibitions that present the collection from three different viewpoints: a look back, a look at the present, and a look into the future.
Inaugurated on 18 October 1997, the foundation preserve a collection of major works of modern art amassed from the late 1950s onwards by Ernst and Hildy Beyeler, proprietors of a gallery in Basel.
Ernst and Hildy Beyeler. Photo: Niggi Bräuning
The first show of the year, conceived as an homage to the museum’s founders Ernst and Hildy Beyeler, is based on the opening exhibition of 1997. Thanks to a number of visual documents and contemporary testimonies, a reconstruction of the original hanging was possible.
Despite certain changes in the collection over the past decades, the original presentation has been largely recreated. Works by the main protagonists of modern art – Van Gogh, Cézanne and Monet, through Picasso, Matisse, Léger and Klee, down to Giacometti, Rothko and Bacon – are represented in striking ensembles that illustrate the outstanding quality of the Beyeler Collection.
The exhibition is curated by Raphaël Bouvier.
Henri Matisse, Nu bleu I , 1952, Gouache painted paper cut-outs on paper on canvas, 106.3 x 78.0 cm Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Beyeler Collection © Succession Henri Matisse / ProLitteris, Zurich / photo: Robert Bayer
Pablo Picasso, Le Sauvetage, 1932, Oil on canvas, 130,0 x 97,5 cm Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Beyeler Collection © Succession Picasso / ProLitteris, Zurich / photo: Robert Bayer
“Beyeler Collection / The Original”
February 5 / May 7, 2017
Baselstrasse 101, CH-4125 Riehen/Basel
The FONDATION BEYELER, designed by Renzo Piano. Photo: Mark Niedermann
Images, courtesy of FONDATION BEYELER