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25 YEARS OF THE FONDATION BEYELER

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24/11/2022
The museum was ceremoniously opened on 18 October 1997. Since it was founded by the collector and gallery owner couple Ernst and Hildy Beyeler in 1997, the Fondation Beyeler has become one of the most visited art museums in Switzerland, with half a million visitors a year, and is considered one of the finest in the world.

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The Kunstmuseum is celebrating its 25th anniversary with its largest collection exhibition to date. Around 100 works by 31 artists are presented on almost the entire exhibition space of the museum – from modern classics to new acquisitions of contemporary art. The Fondation has one of the world’s most important collections of modern art.

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Photo Patrick Seeger, dpa

To mark its anniversary, the Swiss museum Fondation Beyeler in Riehen near Basel is giving an insight into its many treasures: It is presenting around 100 works from its holdings, ranging from classical modernism and impressionism to new acquisitions of contemporary art.

Photo Thomas Meyer Seeger, dpa

Major works by Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Alberto Giacometti, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol and Louise Bourgeois are juxtaposed with works by contemporary artists such as Marlene Dumas, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Tacita Dean and Rachel Whiteread. The exhibition thus offers a unique opportunity to experience the Fondation Beyeler’s collection in all its impressive quality and depth.

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Olafur Eliasson puts Fondation Beyeler under water (April 2021) Photo: Mark Niedermann

This anniversary exhibition is enriched by the integration of hyperrealistic sculptures by the important US artist Duane Hanson (1925-1996). He is one of the most influential representatives of post-war American sculpture and is considered the founder of Hyperrealism within Pop Art. From the late 1960s onwards, the artist created life-size human figures that fascinate with their almost lifelike realism.

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The anniversary exhibition can be seen until 08.01.2023.

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