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Fondation Beyeler

Baselstrasse 101, Riehen 4125, Switzerland
+41 61 645 97 00
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The building is as good as the art

Beyeler's collection as well as the travelling exhibits are outstanding. The museum's building and... read more

Reviewed today
HansGH16
Best art collection in Switzerland

Fantastic exhibition!! We went to see the Bacon and Giacometti collection was amazing Premises... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2018
italian26
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ABOUT THE FONDATION BEYELER The Fondation Beyeler is a museum of modern and contemporary art open 365 days a year. It is considered one of the world's most beautiful museums. Its exhibitions of renowned artists of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries have brought the museum international recognition and established it as Switzerland's most popular art museum. The focus is the visitor's personal and sensory experiences in encountering art and nature. The art museum is located in an English park with a historical villa, old trees, and water lily ponds. The museum building, designed by award-winning Italian architect Renzo Piano, fits elegantly into the cultural landscape and offers beautiful views of the park, cornfields, grazing cows and sheep, as well as the vineyards at the foothills of the Black Forest. The spacious rooms showcase the art in the most beautiful natural light. A green conservatory invites you to linger and read. The Fondation Beyeler combines nature, art, and architecture in a unique harmony. It presents high-quality art to a wide audience and seeks especially to reach young people. This was especially important to the founders, Ernst and Hildy Beyeler. It was for this reason that they founded the Beyeler Stiftung in 1982 and in 1997 opened the Fondation Beyeler in their hometown of Riehen near Basel. They gave the Fondation their valuable art collection and donated the renowned museum building by Renzo Piano to house it. Since the founder's death, the Beyeler Foundation is overseen by the Board of Trustees, presided by Hansjorg Wyss. Sam Keller has been the director of the Fondation Beyeler since 2008. The Beyeler Stiftung recently acquired the neighboring Iselin-Weber-Park and is planning an extension with Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. The Beyeler Collection is presented several times a year in rotating exhibitions. It comprises roughly 300 works of post-impressionism, classic modern and contemporary art, and 30 ethnographic art objects from Africa, Oceania, and Alaska. The collection is researched and maintained by the Fondation's own team of conservators and restorers. The museum also houses works on permanent loan from artists and associated collections such as the Daros Collection, the Collection Renard, and Anthax Collection Marx. The Fondation Beyeler regularly organizes exhibitions dedicated to the great masters of modern art and the major artists of our time. Thematic exhibitions about cities and art movements that played a decisive role in the development of modern art are presented periodically. Projects with contemporary artists are also realized every year in the museum and in public spaces. The Fondation Beyeler regularly cooperates with leading international museums and cultural institutions. Cultural events and art mediation expand the array of offerings and make art more easily accessible. The Fondation's diverse program includes artist talks, concerts, dance performances, recitals, lectures, panel discussions, cabaret, and film screenings. Internationally acclaimed artists, scientists, musicians, dancers, actors, directors, and other personalities are regularly invited as guests. Guided tours, workshops, and games for young people, families, schools, companies, clubs, and groups are also offered daily. The Fondation Beyeler is funded and supported by contributions from the Beyeler Foundation, the Hansjorg Wyss Foundation, sponsoring partners, patrons, members of the Friends of the Fondation Beyeler, subsidies from the Canton Basel-Stadt and the Community of Riehen, project contributions from the Canton Basel-Landschaft, and especially by visitor admission fees. The Fondation Beyeler is an open and active museum that promotes access to art, cultural education and experiences, as well as interpersonal encounters. The restaurant and the museum shop contribute to this as well. Since its opening in 1997, over 6 million people have visited the museum: half from Switzerland, the other half from its neighboring countries and around the world. The Fondation Beyeler's website provides insight into the collections and activities. It also includes films, photographs, and texts about artists, exhibitions, events, art mediation, restoration, publications, editions, and other projects.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Baselstrasse 101, Riehen 4125, Switzerland
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Reviewed today

Beyeler's collection as well as the travelling exhibits are outstanding. The museum's building and siting are superb - the surroundings are worth a stroll. There is a lovely cafe nearby. Hop the tram to Riehen and then a short walk in to the museum

Thank HansGH16
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Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

Fantastic exhibition!! We went to see the Bacon and Giacometti collection was amazing Premises spacious and not too crowded. The permanent collection is also interesting Definite worth a day out visit Parking though is problematic and we had to drive around various small streets nearby...More

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Reviewed 20 May 2018

A split review on this one. The layout is gorgeous, beautiful grounds and an interesting museum layout. When we visited they had a special exhibit. When we asked about the permanent collection they said it was taken down for the special exhibit? Huh? I found...More

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Reviewed 2 May 2018

This is what you get by way of explanation of what you are paying the 28CHF entry fee for: "The exhibition "Bacon-Giacometti" is on show at the moment. The next presentation of the Collection Beyeler will open on May 20, 2018. Due to the installation...More

1  Thank peares
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Reviewed 23 April 2018

Almost unbelieveable...an outstanding Artist hangig his dearest paintings and sculpures in such a fantastic Museum...you would expect dozens (if not hundreds) of people queing up the entrance...instead you arrive, be welcomed by friendly people, and just walk in...get amaized with his work, enjoy a 10min...More

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

The visit of the Baselitz exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler was our main issue while visiting Basel for 2 days. We were not disappointed. We were overwhelmed by the many and very nice pieces of art of this artist. They were presented in a fantastic...More

Thank Nelly V
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

The museum must take more responsibility for informing visitors when major parts of its permanent collection will not be on display. I am aware that art museums often have temporary exhibits. These are usually in spaces set aside for special shows and do not affect...More

Thank GWalshVT
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

A marvelous art Museum with a garden, with sculptures by Calder next door, and a restaurant with outdoor seating.

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Reviewed 30 January 2018

Always when I visit the Art Basel Show I make sure to pay Fondation Beyerle a visit. The setting outside of Basel is worth the journey, set against the lush green border of a village this architectural gem always contains extremely well curated shows of...More

1  Thank Flippr
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Reviewed 20 January 2018

An excellent art collection is held here. We took the 'free' tram out to the attraction and enjoyed this private collection. When we travelled there was a major exhibition of Paul Klee's work there. Thoroughly recommend this as an excursion.

Thank Tamzie
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valerieway
28 April 2017|
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Response from Poleinahole | Reviewed this property |
No need to book in advance. If staying in a hotel many will provide a card allowing you free use of buses and trams. And there is a wonderful Mongolian restaurant a few steps from the bus stop on the way to the... More
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josie r
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Response from CaptainC63 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, As a student you should only have to pay CHF 13,80 at the door, but be sure to take some form of Student identity. Hope this helps, the Monet exhibition is well worth a visit.
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minita03
8 April 2017|
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Response from CaptainC63 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I'm afraid not. The list of museums supported can be found on the Internet but unfortunately I can't post the link here. Hope you still have a great time
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