Originally founded in 1982 by art dealers Ernst Beyeler and Hilda Kunz as a place to house their own growing collection, the Fondation Beyeler has become a beloved staple for Basel’s arts community. The Foundation now hosts excellent changing exhibitions throughout the year, whilst still maintaining its world-class collection in two thirds of the exhibition space. With 140 works by all manner of Western artists, from Paul Cézanne and Claude Monet, to Francis Bacon and Louise Bourgeois, (and a staggering 23 works by Pablo Picasso) as well as numerous historical native works from Alaska and Australia, these permanent displays are a real crowd pleaser.
All of this is also set inside a beautiful, specifically designed building by Renzo Piano, with walls of glass that bathe the exhibition halls with natural light, and nestle the building within the lush grounds of the surrounding park.
Also situated in the Berower Park grounds is the eighteenth-century Villa Berower that has become home to the Fondation’s offices, as well as its fantastic restaurant. In this tranquil spot you can find great Mediterranean inspired food, made with fresh produce from the local markets. We highly recommend sitting outside, and enjoying the seasonal dishes next to sculptures by Alexander Calder and Ellsworth Kelly.
Filled with arts related gifts, accessories, and home wares, as well as a great selection of books and prints (often created by the Foundations’s publications department) the Fondation Beyeler’s shop is well worth a visit for anyone looking to learn more about the works on show, or simply celebrate the displays.
Monday – Tuesday 10.00 – 18.00
Wednesday 10.00 – 20.00
Thursday – Sunday 10.00 – 18.00
Tram: Badischer Bahnhof (No. 2) and Fondation Beyeler (No. 6)