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Connoisseur's Guide · Europe · switzerland · Basel · Four fascinating museums of private collections

The Beyeler Foundation Museum

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The Beyeler Foundation Museum

Designed by the famous architect Renzo Piano to house the extensive art collection of Franz Beyeler, focused on 20th-century art, the Beyeler Foundation was opened in 1997. It's located in a lovely park near the Villa Berower, and the building, the light and the art found within and outside offer a fantastic aesthetic synthesis. The landscape itself is like a living painting. The lawn is now graced by Jeff Koons Split-Rocker - the Beyeler Foundation is presenting the first exhibition ever devoted by Swiss museum to the well-known American artist, on view until September 2nd,2012. Next to the lawn there's an idyllic cornfield and cows graze the nearby meadow. In this landscape, Renzo Piano's building is the quintessence of simplicity, allowing pure form, art and nature to triumph. There's a pond in front of the museum, and it lets the building flow into the surrounding landscape. The main collection of art is purposefully located on a single floor, not complicating the space with steps and providing an airy spaciousness. There are white walls, vastness, light, and a robust but simple wooden floor. The main hall with its large windows looking out upon the pond display's the museum's most alluring masterpiece - Monet's triptych, "The Water-lily Pond" (1917-1920). There's a plain wooden bench you can sit on to take it in - but words fail me; time here simply disappears, vanishing into the wondrous space that seems to have been created through wizardry.

 

Baselstrasse 101, Riehen / Basel
www.fondationbeyeler.ch

05/2012

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