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Fondation Beyeler

Baselstrasse 101, Riehen 4125, Switzerland
+41 61 645 97 00
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All Beautiful great permanent collection

Surrounded by a beautiful garden with a couple of sculptures. A very beautiful modern building... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Cartagena, Colombia
A must in Basel

Took the tram (Riehen grenze) from Basel city. It is a long local journey but visiting the Beyeler... read more

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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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5 days ago
“All Beautiful great permanent collection”
5 days ago
“A must in Basel”
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 06:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Baselstrasse 101, Riehen 4125, Switzerland
+41 61 645 97 00
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Surrounded by a beautiful garden with a couple of sculptures. A very beautiful modern building where the building looks beautiful from the garden and the garden looks beautiful from the building. In some of the exhibit rooms the large windows facing the garden become another...More

Thank happyjaveller
Reviewed 5 days ago

Took the tram (Riehen grenze) from Basel city. It is a long local journey but visiting the Beyeler it was definitely worth it

Thank aabyship
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You must certainly visit to see incredible collection of contemporary arts in a great building. We also had a chance to see the special exhibiton of Wolfgang Tillmans of him I was not very impressed at all.

Thank ztacir
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was here during art Basel and the museum itself with its architecture and the landscape is great as well as the exhibition, so it's a must, and have a coffee or lunch in the restaurant

Thank Michael G
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

I was in town for business and luckily the Monet exhibition was there. It is a beautiful building and the surrounding was also nice. They were open till 8 pm on Wednesdays so we used the opportunity.

Thank Ozlem S
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

Went to see an amazing Monet exhibit, but was surprised by the quality of 19th and 20th artists. The grounds were beautiful and there is a great cafe in grounds. Tram 6 is an easy transportation. Wish I had more time to spend there.

Thank TarynSh
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Easy to find, an interesting building and of course the Monet exhibition is exceptional. Although we had not booked on-line we only queued for a couple of minutes. We were surprised by the huge number of people, you push your way round the different rooms,...More

Thank CHvoyageur
Reviewed 11 May 2017

We took public transportation (about 20 minutes from the city center) to see the special Monet exhibit here, which was excellent. The permanent exhibits were modern with several paintings by Picasso. The admission to the museum is not covered in the Swiss Rail pass. Unless...More

Thank bookworm8
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Fondation Beyeler is well worth the travel. Exquisite exhibitions, currently Monet (until May 28, 2017). There are usually special offers on the SBB (the Swiss railroads) website, granting you a 10% discount on the travel and the entrance - but even more importantly especially during...More

Thank Masseneinwanderin
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

The foundation is known for its beautiful and exceptional exhibitions. The Monet exhibition is very worth while, but the addition of paintings and sculptures by Matisse, Picasso, Leger, etc. makes it wonderful. Do not forget to have lunch in the restaurant of the Foundation, which...More

Thank eddebruin
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Do I need to book in advance? Can I book in Basel the day before? Not sure if I want to buy Basel Card. Thanks
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
Just wondering what the entry prices are like on the door? General ticket price in CHF and for British students under 20 years if that's any different, please.
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.
Does the Swiss Travel Pass cover this museum? How about the Monet exhibition?
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