Fondation Beyeler – Art in Basel

Another day, another art museum. As we travel throughout this continent and see more art, I keep thinking about how, as a 10-year-old boy, William Randolph Hearst came to Europe with his mother and started his love for collecting art. While we have not bought any art, we have collected many memories of great art in a variety of museums.

The Fondation Beyeler is a jewel of a museum just outside of Basel, nearly into Germany, in Riehen. Ernest Beyeler left his collection of modern art to the public and commissioned this museum. Last Sunday the day was warm and sunny, perfect for viewing the grounds surrounding the museum.

The special exhibition right now is Gauguin with a focus on his Tahitian works. We noticed that most of the works come from a variety of places, and we have never really seen a collection of his works in one place before. Apparently, neither had the many, many other people who queued up at opening time to push into the exhibit.

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The rest of the museum is not large, and we spent about an hour and half and felt as though we were not rushed. I especially enjoyed the room with several Giacometti figures along with a Monet Water Lillies.

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Another Swiss artist, Paul Klee, has an entry here, too.

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