Founded in 1982 by the collector couple Ernst and Hildy Beyeler, the museum is considered one of the most elegant of our time. Nestled in an English park with old trees and water lily ponds, the fondation displays art from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries in finest natural light.
At the invitation of FONDATION BEYELER
Shot on location in RIEHEN, SWITZERLAND
A place where art, architecture and nature come together. The location in the middle of a recreational area with a view of cornfields and vineyards at the foothills of the Black Forest is unique. A calm and relaxed atmosphere can be felt immediately in the area around the Fondation. This feeling is also linked to the calm and pure architecture of the Italian architect and industrial designer Renzo Piano, who also realized the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Piano himself paraphrased the commission with the words: “A museum building should try to interpret the quality of the collection and define its relationship with the outside world. This corresponds to an active, but not aggressive role.“
The elongated building encompasses the entire width of the narrow site and consists of two opposing basic motifs: solid, elongated walls with a glass roof that seem to float above it. The large windowless outer wall facing the street acts like a backbone from which the entire architecture evolves—a quiet, restrained building, which exists exclusively to serve the arts.
he Beyeler collection, which includes around 300 paintings and sculptures of classical modernism and contemporary art, was created over more than fifty years in parallel with the gallery activities of Hildy and Ernst Beyeler. These include significant works by artists such as van Gogh, Cézanne, Picasso and Warhol. The Rothko Rooms are a unique presentation of the artist’s works outside the United States. Works of classical modern art are contrasted with objects of tribal art from Africa, Oceania and Alaska.
A PLACE WHERE ART, ARCHITECTURE AND NATURE COME TOGETHER. THE LOCATION IN IN THE MIDDLE OF A RECREATIONAL AREA WITH A VIEW OF CORNFIELDS AND VINEYARDS IS UNIQUE
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth, the Fondation Beyeler is now showing a comprehensive exhibition of the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian. As one of the most important artists of the avant-garde movement, he had a decisive influence on the development of painting from figuration to abstraction.
Titled MONDRIAN EVOLUTION, the exhibition looks at the development of Mondrian’s ouevre, whose early work is dominated by the Dutch landscape painting of the late 19th century. Followed by his exploration of Symbolism and Cubism.
Up to his typical non-objective painting, which is style-defining for him. Since the early 1920s, the Dutch painter focused on the rectangular arrangement of black lines with areas in white and the three primary colors red, blue and yellow. A geometric language that became so well known that even Yves Saint Laurent honored the artist in his fall 1965 collection, designing a series of dresses with Mondrian’s graphic paintings.
at the invitation of FONDATION BEYELER
shot on location in RIEHEN, SWITZERLAND
on 35 MILLIMETER FILM
until October 9, 2022