The BEYELER FOUNDATION or FONDATION BEYELER with its museum in Riehen
Basel , owns and oversees the art collection of Hildy and Ernst
* 1 History
* 2 Collection and exhibitions
* 3 Architecture
* 4 Further reading
* 5 See also
* 6 References
* 7 External links
Ernst Beyeler (16 July 1921 – 25 February 2010) and
Hilda Kunz (1922 - 18 July 2008), known as Hildy, created the Beyeler
Foundation in 1982 and commissioned
Renzo Piano to design a museum to
house their private collection. The collection was first publicly
exhibited in its entirety at the
Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid
in 1989, and was subsequently shown at
Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin
in 1993 and the
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney in 1997.
By building Renzo Piano's museum structure in 1997, the Beyeler
Foundation made its collection permanently accessible to the public.
The museum is properly funded, and it receives annual grants from the
Basel City and
Basel County and the commune of Riehen. In
2006, approximately 340,000 persons visited the museum.
COLLECTION AND EXHIBITIONS
Suprematist Composition (1915), oil on canvas, by Kazimir
Beyeler Foundation opened its doors on 18 October 1997,
presenting 140 works of modern classics, including 23 Picassos. The
overall collection of 200 works of classic modernism reflect the views
of Hildy and
Ernst Beyeler on 20th-century art and highlight features
typical of the period from
Claude Monet ,
Paul Cézanne and Vincent
van Gogh to
Pablo Picasso ,
Andy Warhol ,
Roy Lichtenstein and Francis
Bacon . The paintings appear alongside some 25 objects of tribal art
from Africa , Oceania and
Alaska . A third of the exhibition space is
reserved for special exhibitions staged to complement the permanent
The culmination of Beyeler's career came in 2007 when all the works
that passed through his hands were reunited at the museum for a grand
exhibition that included van Gogh's 1889 Portrait of Postman Roulin,
Lichtenstein's Plus and Minus III and a huge expressive drip painting
Jackson Pollock . The collection is expanding, particularly in
terms of works made after 1950 (recent acquisitions include pieces by
Louise Bourgeois and
Wolfgang Tillmans ).
The garden surrounding the museum also periodically serves as a venue
for special exhibitions. In a work called "Wrapped Trees", Christo and
Jeanne-Claude veiled 178 trees in the park around the Beyeler
Foundation and in the adjacent Berower Park between 13 November and 14
White Curves (2002), made of white aluminium, by Ellsworth Kelly
Embedded in the Berowerpark in the
Basel suburb of Riehen, the
building features a glazed façade largely looking out onto the corn
fields and vines covering the Tüllinger Hills. The two perimeter
walls of the original garden site inspired the idea of the museum’s
layout. Four 115-metre-long supporting porphyry walls running from
north to south and standing 7m apart define the plan of the building.
Resting on top of the solid foundation walls, the lightweight glass
roof, white enamelled on the reverse, admits northern light but
screens off light from the east and the west. Along the northern and
the southern sides the roof projects far beyond the walls, shading the
glass façades from the sun. Less than two years after the museum's
inauguration in autumn 1997, the building was lengthened by 12 metres.
This increased the exhibition area by 458 m² to its current 3,764
Situated vis-à-vis the museum building, the late-Baroque Villa
Berower houses the museum's administration department and a
restaurant. Sculptures by
Alexander Calder (front) and Ellsworth
Kelly in the park
* Hollerstein, Roman.
Renzo Piano - Fondation Beyeler. A Home for
Art: Foundation Beyeler - A Home for Art. Birkhäuser Verlag, 1998.
ISBN 978-3-7643-5919-5 .
* Boehm, Gottfried. Fondation Beyeler. Prestel, 2001. ISBN
* Beyeler, Ernst; Büttner Philippe. Fondation Beyeler. Collection.
Hatje Cantz, 2008. ISBN 978-3-7757-1946-9 .
* Museums in
* ^ William Grimes (26 February 2010), Ernst Beyeler, Top Dealer of
Modern Art, Dies at 88