“The point is the proto-element, the fertilization of the empty plane. The horizontal line is a cold supporting base, silent and ‘black’. The vertical line is active, warm, 'white'. The free straight lines are mobile, ‘blue’ and ‘yellow’. The plane itself is heavy at the bottom, light at the top, on the left like ‘distance’, on the right like ‘house’.”

Wassily Kandinsky: Point and Line to Plane (1925) 

SEPTEMBER 4, 2016 – JANUARY 22, 2017

The present exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler is devoted to one of the most fascinating chapters in art history, which has become famous under the name of "The Blue Rider" and stands for a key aspect of the development of modern art. Prior to the First World War, from 1908 to 1914, an international group of male and female artists active in liberal Munich set out to radically reform art. Their aim was to liberate color from the compulsion to represent things, to divest line of its function of defining contour, and to free the plane surface of the illusion of objectivity.



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JAN 17, 2017, 7-8 p.m. The two German actors read from letters between Wassily Kandinsky & Franz Marc. (Reading in German)

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"I have a new plan," Kandinsky announced to Marc on November 19, 1911, referring to the production...

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Video Introduction

Curator Ulf Küster introduces the key works in the exhibitions and the artists around "Der Blaue Reiter".

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January 22 – May 28, 2017

To mark its twentieth anniversary, the Fondation Beyeler is presenting one of the most important and best-loved artists: Claude Monet. The exhibition will be a celebration of light and color, illustrating the artistic development of the great French painter from Impressionism to his famous late work. It will feature his Mediterranean landscapes, wild Atlantic coastal scenes, different stretches of the Seine, meadows with wild flowers, haystacks, water lilies, cathedrals, and bridges shrouded in fog. In his paintings, Monet experimented with changing light and color effects in the course of a day and in different seasons. He succeeded in evoking magical moods through reflections and shadows.

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February 5 - May 7, 2017

In 2017, the Fondation Beyeler is celebrating its 20th birthday with three special exhibitions of its collection. During the course of the year, the Beyeler Collection will be shown from three different perspectives: with a look back at the first exhibition, with a look at the present, and with a forward gaze.

"The Original"

The first exhibition pays homage to the museum’s founders, Ernst and Hildy Beyeler, by reconstructing the collection’s original hanging at the Fondation Beyeler’s inauguration twenty years ago. It will thereby highlight the founders’ view of their own collection and document the point of departure for the subsequent presentations.

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May 28 – October 1, 2017

The major summer exhibition is dedicated to Wolfgang Tillmans (*1968). Tillmans was born in 1968 in Remscheid, Germany. At 20 he lived in Hamburg, where he began his work as an artist. He studied at the College of Art and Design in Bournemouth in the early 90s. Between 1992 and 2007, he lived and worked predominantly in London; afterward, he shifted his focus to Berlin.

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October 15, 2017 - January 1, 2018

The second exhibition in the series will show the collection in its present state. In recent years, it has started to be extended through acquisitions designed to give it a contemporary facet. The interaction between acquisitions and the existing collection is always a key criterion for decisions about what to select. This presentation will showcase the dialog between artists and the collection in many different ways.

October 1, 2017 – January 21, 2018

The exhibition is devoted to a previously little explored aspect of Paul Klee’s work, namely abstraction. In the first half of the twentieth century, the move away from figurativeness and the development of abstract art became a key theme for many European artists. The Swiss artist Paul Klee also responded to this challenge: the almost 10,000 works he created in the course of his career include exciting examples of the development of abstract pictorial worlds and of the processes of abstraction in painting. The key aspects of Klee’s abstract works are, moreover, a central strand of his entire oeuvre: nature, architecture, music and written characters.

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October 15, 2017 - January 1, 2018

The third exhibition of the series will show possible ways in which the Fondation Beyeler’s collection could be extended through loans from certain private collections closely associated with the museum, as well as through acquisitions and donations.