The permanent collection at this superb art museum feels like an essential edit of modern art’s masterpieces.
Although it numbers fewer than 250 works, the permanent collection at the superb Fondation Beyeler feels like an essential edit of modern art’s masterpieces, in a setting that’s both serene and gloriously eccentric – in a suitably understated Swiss way, naturally. The Renzo Piano-designed museum sits reflected in a lily pond in the bucolic Berower Park at the city’s edge, among sculptures by the likes of Ellsworth Kelly and Alexander Calder. Meanwhile inside, world-famous works by Monet, Picasso and Bacon share space with rare tribal sculptures from Oceania and Africa. Paintings by Matisse, Van Goch, Lichtenstein and Baselitz are also full-time fixtures, but the impeccably curated temporary exhibitions are what really make a fleeting visit to the Beyeler an impossibility. The low-rise building’s intimate ambience belies hangaresque dimensions which have in recent years hosted once-in-a-lifetime shows by Jean-Michel Basquiat, the Viennese Secessionists and Max Ernst.
|Venue name:||Fondation Beyeler|
|Opening hours:||10am-6pm Mon, Tue, Thu-Sun; 10am-8pm Wed|
|Price:||CHF25 adults, CHF12-CHF20 concessions, CHF6 under-20s, under-11s free|