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Fondation Beyeler

Baselstrasse 101, Riehen 4125, Switzerland
+41 61 645 97 00
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Outside the centre of Basel but well worth the visit.

An excellent art collection is held here. We took the 'free' tram out to the attraction and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
South Godstone
Paid 25cf entry to find only Paul Klee exhibition open to public

I would not recommend this art museum. The weekend of 20th Jan we paid the 25 cf admission fee at... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Alderley Edge, United Kingdom
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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 - 6:00 AM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Baselstrasse 101, Riehen 4125, Switzerland
+41 61 645 97 00
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Reviewed 2 days ago

An excellent art collection is held here. We took the 'free' tram out to the attraction and enjoyed this private collection. When we travelled there was a major exhibition of Paul Klee's work there. Thoroughly recommend this as an excursion.

Thank Tamzie
Reviewed 2 days ago

I would not recommend this art museum. The weekend of 20th Jan we paid the 25 cf admission fee at the ticket office, only to find that once inside the standard exhibits (Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh etc) were not available for viewing I.e. the main...More

Thank BathBunn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a bus ride to Riehen, for the Paul Klee exhibition. Free admission with the Basel Art Pass. Lunch in the restaurant Berower Park and a little walk around the grounds.

Thank GYWX
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is effortless to walk through. It is small enough to see everything but not so small that you feel cheated. The recent Klee exhibition was put together incredibly well.

Thank tokyorav
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Impressive building; Voorlinden museum at The Hague (NL) is clearly a copy. Very nice and impressive permanent collection, esp the Magritte’s. Skipped the Paul Klee exposition; not my cup of tea.

Thank R B
Reviewed 7 December 2017

An easy bus ride this museum in the outskirts of Basel has an outstanding permanent collection in a beautiful building. They also have wonderful temporary exhibits that enhance the visit. Definitely worth several hours to see the exhibit the building and the landscaped grounds. Try...More

Thank kls42
Reviewed 7 November 2017

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 31 October 2017 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 24 October 2017 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 22 October 2017 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

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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
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.
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