20 Aug 2013
Museum Foundation Beyeler
The Beyeler Collection is rehung several times a year and is thus seen in constantly changing constellations. It comprises some 200 works of Post-Impressionism, Classical Modernism and contemporary art, together with 20 objects of ethnographic art from Africa, Oceania and Alaska.
The Fondation Beyeler regularly organizes exhibitions devoted to the great masters of modern art and to the leading artists of our own day. Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Henri Rousseau, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Fernand Léger, Piet Mondrian, Kasimir Malevich, Constantin Brancusi, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Paul Klee, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Francis Bacon, Louise Bourgeois, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Richard Serra, Jenny Holzer and Félix González-Torres are just some of the artists whose works have been seen to date. Periodically, too, the museum conceives thematic exhibitions on cities and art movements that played a key role in the development of modernism. Every year the Fondation Beyeler also collaborates with contemporary artists on projects inside the museum and outdoors in public spaces. Examples include Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s legendary wrapped trees, Jenny Holzer’s light projections in Zurich and Basel, the installation of Félix González-Torres’s string of lights across the Mittlere Brücke bridge in Basel, and the presentation of Louise Bourgeois’ monumental spider sculpture in various Swiss cities as well as outside the Fondation Beyeler in Berower Park.
The Fondation Beyeler understands itself as an open and vibrant museum that is pledged to furthering public access to art and art education, and to providing a stimulating forum for personal exchanges, through a lively program of exhibitions and cultural events.
As the most visited art museum in Switzerland, the Fondation Beyeler has injected new life into the regional museum landscape and has already attracted almost 5 million visitors since first opening its doors. Around half of these guests come from abroad, with over 10,000 every year arriving from overseas.