At the Foundation Beyeler
No trip to Basel, Switzerland – whether for the town’s eponymous June art fair, or during one of the other 51 weeks of the year – would be complete without a visit to the Foundation Beyeler. A quintessential example of restrained architectural elegance at its very best, the Renzo Piano-designed structure is bar none one of the world’s greatest venues for viewing art.
Founded in 1982 by art dealer Ernst Beyeler and his wife Hilda Kunz, Beyeler commissioned Piano to design a museum to house the couple’s private collection, featuring exceptional works of 20th century art by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Since opening its doors in 1997, the Foundation Beyeler – located in the Basel suburb of Riehen – has housed the late couple’s extraordinary collection and staged some of the most ambitious, beautifully-curated shows on par with the most acclaimed international institutions.
In keeping with Beyeler’s philosophy of artistic excellence, the Foundation’s summer 2019 exhibition is devoted to contemporary Italian painter Rudolf Stingel, without question one of the world’s most important living artists. From the onset of his career in the later 1980s, Stingel has approached painting in a conceptual and self-reflective manner, challenging the possibilities of his medium through his unconventional use of material, shape and installation.
Rudolf Stingel at the Foundation Beyeler is a must see exhibition for anyone looking to experience an afternoon of art and architectural bliss. Extra credit for those visiting Basel during the art fair, the Foundation’s show devoted to Picasso’s blue and rose period will be on view through June 16th!