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Fondation Beyeler

Baselstrasse 101, Riehen 4125, Switzerland
+41 61 645 97 00
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An afternoon must during a Basel visit

The bus takes you right to this museum which is very convenient. We were fortunate to catch the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Portland, Oregon
via mobile
Extremely rude staff

Absolutely stunning exhibition, met Wolfgang which made our day. However the staff was EXTREMELY... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Claire M
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 06:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Baselstrasse 101, Riehen 4125, Switzerland
+41 61 645 97 00
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The bus takes you right to this museum which is very convenient. We were fortunate to catch the Claude Monet exhibit during our visit which featured over 60 paintings plus several Picassos. The Beyler Foundation is stunning and well organized. The outdoor area and water...More

Thank EYoshida21
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely stunning exhibition, met Wolfgang which made our day. However the staff was EXTREMELY RUDE and made us feel uncomfortable and I welcome. Very disappointed with this gallery.

Thank Claire M
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Positive: - the wonderful building by Renzo Piano worths the visit. Its relation with the gardens is beautiful. - some of the permanent collection pieces that are exposed. Negative: - price... 25 Swiss francs is expensive even for Swiss standards. Bern art museum offers an...More

Thank Óscar M
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Well worth a detour, this wonderful building by Renzo Piano meets the countryside in Riehen, a suburb of Basel. Too small for a large permanent collection but find out what exhibition they have and spend a morning or afternoon. Pleasant restaurant.

Thank William K
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful gallery, with a wide range of artists being exhibited. We visited the Monet exhibition recently which was excellent. The grounds around the museum are fantastic and a nice place to walk.

Thank Claire D
Reviewed 11 July 2017

The Beyeler is celebrating it's 20th year and has decided to put much of it's spectacular permanent collection away. We made the unfortunate decision to visit today and saw a positively awful collection of photographs by Tillman. I have never ever felt that I wasted...More

3  Thank Peter S
Reviewed 9 July 2017

The art gallery changes the exhibitions frequently, so it is worth while to pay attention. It pays of not to go to the gallery on the last day of the exhibit, as it is very busy and will diminish your enjoyment and peace that should...More

Thank Ester B
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

A short tram ride from the center of Basel, this beautiful building by the famed architect, Renzo Piano, houses a great collection of modern art. The surroundings are awe-inspiring, with a pond decorated with a huge hare sculpture and some other sculptures by modern artists....More

Thank Margaret C
Reviewed 3 July 2017

The foundation hosts an amazing permanent collection built up by one of the most respected collectors of the last century, Ernt Beveler. He and his wife had no kids and decided to set up this great space dedicated to art and built by Renzo Piano....More

Thank franckbart
Reviewed 29 June 2017

A group of approx 20 people were 'treated' to the Tillmans exhibition by a very thoughtful and dear friend on her birthday. The building itself was impressive & beautifully cool. Most unfortunately the pictures seemed predominately to be mistakes from an old photocopier; images of...More

Thank Joyce R
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28 April 2017|
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Response from poleinahole1 | 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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23 April 2017|
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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.
9 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