Fondation Beyeler

Basel classics

Basel City Guide: Fondation Beyeler
Blick in den Rousseau Saal (Courtesy Fondation Beyeler/Foto: Todd Eberle )


This collection by Hildy and Ernst Beyerle is held in a building designed by Renzo Piano. Works by Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol are exhibited here together with tribal art from Africa, Oceania and Alaska

For some this is the world’s most beautiful museum; its spaces are generous in size and flooded with light, its collection is assessable and the building is brilliantly integrated into the surrounding countryside. A pool connects the garden to the Beyeler Foundation’s building. It was opened in 1997 following designs by Renzo Piano. Hildy and Ernst Beyeler commissioned the star architect to design the building to house their collection. The gallery owner created his collection over 50 years, tending toward the Classical Modernism. Monet’s "Water lilies" occupies pride of place here, which it shares with paintings by Cézanne, van Gogh, Picasso, Warhol, Lichtenstein and Bacon. These works are shown together with tribal art from Africa, Oceana and Alaska.

Fondation Beyeler

Address: Baselstraße 101, Basel, opening times: daily 10a.m. – 6p.m. and Wed. 10a.m. – 8p.m.; please consult the Website for Bank Holiday opening times.

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