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Dalí, Magritte, Miró – Le Surréalisme à Paris – Basel – Switzerland

Salvador Dalí Rêve causé par le vol d’une abeille autour d’une pomme-grenade, une seconde avant l’éveil, 1944 Huile sur bois, 51 x 41 cm Musée Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid © Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation / 2011, ProLitteris, Zurich


From the 2nd of October 2011 – to the 29th of  January 2012 – Fondation Beyeler

This major exhibition on the art of Surrealism will provide insights into one of the most influential artistic and literary movements of the twentieth century. Born in the avant-garde metropolis of Paris, Surrealism was represented by such outstanding artist personalities as Dalí, Duchamp, Ernst, Giacometti, Magritte, Miró, Oppenheim and Picasso. In their often baffling and highly imaginative imagery, the Surrealists addressed the dream, the irrational, and the workings of the unconscious mind. On view in our spectacular exhibition will be over one hundred works from world-renowned museums and private collections.

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Giovanni Segantini – Basel – Switzerland

Giovanni Segantini, Mezzogiorno sulle Alpi (Midday in the Alps), 1891


From January 16 to April 25 – Fondation Beyeler

The unique luminosity of his paintings made Giovanni Segantini (1858-1899) a major innovator in landscape painting and a pioneer of modernism. Throughout his life Segantini was impelled by the desire to capture the unearthly light of the high Alpine region in his works, most of which were executed outdoors. The exhibition brings together paintings and drawings ranging from his early phase in northern Italy through images of Savoyan peasant life, down to the culmination of his art in the Swiss mountain realm of Engadin.

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Vienna 1900 – Klimt, Schiele and their Times – Bazel – Switzerland

Gustav Klimt, Judith II, 1909 © Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna di Ca’ Pesaro


From 26 September 2010 to 16 January 2011 – The Fondation Beyeler

At the turn of the nineteenth to the twentieth century Vienna was one of the cradles of modernism. The city’s coffee house culture, composers and cabaret artists, Freud’s psychoanalysis, the daring experiments of the Wiener Werkstätte, and not least the scandals surrounding the Vienna Secession, were among the phenomena of the period. At the center of our comprehensive exhibition of Viennese Modernism stand the renowned ornamental portraits and landscapes of Gustav Klimt and the expressive figure depictions of Egon Schiele – and naturally their legendary erotic drawings.
Klimt and his brilliant protégé Schiele were the leading lights in Vienna of the day. The exhibition brings together an unprecedented selection of their masterworks from great museums and private collections around the world.

Portraits by the young Oskar Kokoschka, self-portraits by the tragedy-plagued Richard Gerstl, and works by the composer-painter Arnold Schoenberg, form further highlights. Works by other artists, architects, furniture designers, and artisans of the Viennese Secession and Workshops show how their close collaboration gave rise to a new, interdisciplinary form of art: the gesamtkunstwerk.

The Fondation Beyeler exhibition will comprise approximately 200 oil paintings, watercolors and drawings, supplemented by architectural models, furniture, textile designs, glass and silver objects, artists posters, and photographs. These add up to a fascinating picture of Vienna around 1900, of a kind never seen before.

Conceived by guest curator Barbara Steffen, the exhibition enjoys the special support of the Museum Leopold, the Albertina, the Kunsthaus Zug Stiftung Sammlung Kamm, and the Belvedere, MAK, Neue Galerie New York, Wien Museum, and Wiener Secession.

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Basquiat would be 50

BASEL – His premature death automatically placed him among the great names in art. The son of immigrants from Haiti and a friend of Andy Warhol’s, Jean-Michel Basquiat became the symbol of art of the 1980s, of the «young savages» who disrespectfully combined the masters of the past and graffiti. Today his paintings are worth fortunes (record near 10 million euros in 2007 at Sotheby’s New York) but he did not profit from that as he died in 1988 at the age of 27. Basquiat would be 50 years old today, an age that is as difficult to conceive as it would have been for James Dean or Keith Haring. To mark this date, the Fondation Beyeler has organized a very large retrospective, combining creations of his short artist’s life that began joyfully with his participation to Documenta in 1981 and ended one day from an overdose. There are some one hundred paintings from museums and private collections, full of energy, symbols and colors.
Basquiat at the fondation Beyeler from 9 May to 5 September 2010.


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