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Fondation Beyeler

Baselstrasse 101, Riehen 4125, Switzerland
+41 61 645 97 00
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Do not miss the restaurant of this top Swiss museum

The museum is fantastic (see other reviews) but plan to have lunch there as well, Their restaurant... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
P J
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Zurich, Switzerland
Klee

I think this is a wonderful museum. It is a beautiful building with a superb collection with an... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
drjeff
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Boston, Massachusetts
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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 am - 8:00 am
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Baselstrasse 101, Riehen 4125, Switzerland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is fantastic (see other reviews) but plan to have lunch there as well, Their restaurant is a bit out of the way unless one visits the museum but otherwise just as much a highlight as the museum itself. Modest selection but a bit...More

Thank P J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I think this is a wonderful museum. It is a beautiful building with a superb collection with an interesting story. Before you come you must check what is on view. This will influence your opinion and determine if you think it is worth the steep...More

Thank drjeff
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This Renzo Piano designed gallery nestles in the hills on the outskirts of Basel. The no 6 tram takes you to the door and there's reduced price entry on a Monday, plus yesterday it was really quiet. So a great start. Neat little lockers for...More

Thank Fiddlers333
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When we visited, nearly half the space was given up to a retrospective of Paul Klee's painting. A great exhibit with helpful text in each room. Beautifully displayed, and you get to enjoy great art without fighting a crowd (Saturday midday). The half of the...More

1  Thank Wanderdogs
Reviewed 13 October 2017

We planned to stay spend one day in this museum and surroundings. Going into the museum we were told that they were preparing a new exhibition (Klee ?). As a consequence apart of the museum was closed. The building looked nice so we paid and...More

1  Thank Jens H
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

Boutique art museum housing impressive private collection of works by Giacometti, Monet, van Gogh, and Picasso among them. On outskirts of Basel, in the middle of Berower Park with its old trees and mature shrubs, water lily pond and views stretching to countryside, a truly...More

1  Thank ElenaNW87RL
Reviewed 18 September 2017 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 7 September 2017 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.

1  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

1  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
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valerieway
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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josie r
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.
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minita03
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
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