Brainchild of Art Basel’s co-founder and gallerist extraordinaire Ernst Beyeler, the Fondation Beyeler is Switzerland’s most popular art museum and a firm favorite during Art Basel’s week. Its collection – including key works by Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, and Pablo Picasso – has been housed in Renzo Piano’s glass-and-stone architecture since 1997. Sited in extensive grounds, and boasting a sculpture garden featuring works by Jenny Holzer and Alexander Calder, the building’s minimalist architecture marries space and natural light. Last year, it welcomed just shy of a half million visitors – a striking figure in a country of just 8 million inhabitants.
The Fondation Beyeler will soon double in size, with the addition of three new buildings by renowned Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. Set in an adjacent park that will be publicly accessible, and harmoniously blending in the lush landscape, Zumthor’s pavilions are true to the spirit that has made the institution’s success.
During Art Basel in June, the Foundation is hosting an exhibition of Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti – the first time the two Modern giants’ oeuvres are considered side by side. In this exclusive interview, Director Sam Keller discusses the past – and the future – of Riehen’s iconic institution.
See more information about Art Basel’s 2018 show in Basel: artbasel.com/base