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Fondation Beyeler's Most Recent Exhibitions:Doris Salcedo /The Mind's Eye / Jean-Michel Basquiat

Embark on a journey of artistic discovery as Fondation Beyeler unveils three extraordinary exhibitions that will transport visitors into a realm of boundless creativity and thought-provoking narratives. From the powerful expressions of Doris Salcedo to the timeless allure of nature captured by renowned artists, and the hidden treasures of Jean-Michel Basquiat, these showcases promise to leave an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of art enthusiasts. Join us as we delve into the captivating stories behind these remarkable exhibitions.


Photo/ Mark Niedermann

Doris Salcedo: Exploring Cross-Cultural Emotions and Sensations

Exhibition Dates: 21 May – 17 September 2023

DORIS SALCEDO Photo/ David Heald

Step into the world of internationally acclaimed artist Doris Salcedo as the Fondation Beyeler presents the first comprehensive solo exhibition of her work in Switzerland. This extraordinary showcase, developed in collaboration with Salcedo and her studio, unveils the culmination of years of socio-political research and experimentation with materials and techniques.

Salcedo's profound artistic practice delves into universal themes such as empathy, grief, and the cycle of remembering and forgetting in the context of violent conflicts. Through her thought-provoking sculptures and installations, she seeks to evoke shared emotions and sensations, representing violence without resorting to explicit depictions.

Featuring approximately 100 works from eight major series, this exhibition offers a comprehensive insight into Salcedo's practice. From stone and cement to wooden furniture, needles, clothing, and organic materials, her unique transformati­­on of these elements allows viewers to experience pain and suffering in a palpable yet empathetic manner. Prepare to be captivated by the sheer power and emotional resonance of Salcedo's artistry.


Sewing needles and silk thread; dimensions variable

Glenstone Museum, Potomac, Maryland

© Doris Salcedo

Photo/ Ron Armstutz

The Mind's Eye: Nature's Eternal Inspiration

Exhibition Dates: 10 June – 27 August 2023

Celebrate the profound connection between artists and nature as Fondation Beyeler presents "The Mind's Eye: Images of Nature from Claude Monet to Otobong Nkanga." This collection display focuses on artists' engagement with the natural world, spanning from the Impressionist era to the present day.

More than 40 exquisite artworks will transport you through the ever-evolving perspectives and interpretations of nature. From Monet's idyllic garden scenes that radiate happiness to contemporary artist Otobong Nkanga's innovative explorations, this exhibition showcases the evolving notion of nature over the past century.

A highlight of the display is the introduction of Pierre Huyghe's eponymous sculpture, "The Mind's Eye," which symbolizes the artist's ability to conjure vivid images that stir the imagination. Immerse yourself in a journey of artistic evolution, where nature reveals itself as an eternal muse, forever inspiring and captivating the human spirit.

In parallel, the Fondation Beyeler presents a special exhibition featuring the works of Robert Ryman from the Daros Collection. Delve into Ryman's mastery of white as he explores the infinite possibilities and variations within this seemingly simple hue. Discover the subtle nuances and technical brilliance that transform these seemingly blank canvases into powerful expressions of artistic ingenuity.

Claude Monet, Le bassin aux nymphéas, around 1917-1920, Auguste Rodin, Iris, messagère des dieux (Figure volante), 1890/91,

Claude Monet, Le pont japonais, around 1918–1924 Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Beyeler Collection photo: Mark Niedermann

Basquiat: The Modena Paintings - Unveiling a Forgotten Legacy

Exhibition Dates: 11 June – 27 August 2023


Transport yourself back to the summer of 1982 as Fondation Beyeler resurrects an exceptional moment in art history with the exhibition "Basquiat: The Modena Paintings." In a collaboration with gallery owner Emilio Mazzoli, the young Jean-Michel Basquiat arrived in Modena, Italy, to create a series of groundbreaking works for a solo exhibition.

Eight large-format canvases, painted with Basquiat's characteristic vibrant and expressive style, emerged within a few days. Although the planned exhibition never materialized, these paintings have since become celebrated treasures, scattered across collections worldwide.

For the first time in over 40 years, the "Modena Paintings" will be reunited, providing a unique opportunity to experience Basquiat's early career-defining works as a cohesive ensemble. Explore the motifs and stylistic features that mark this cycle as an essential part of Basquiat's artistic legacy.


Acrylic, spray paint and oilstick on canvas, 240 x 421,3 cm Nahmad Collection © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

Fondation Beyeler's three recent captivating exhibitions invite art enthusiasts to embark on a mesmerizing journey through diverse artistic expressions and narratives. From Doris Salcedo's poignant exploration of cross-cultural emotions to the timeless enchantment of nature captured by renowned artists, and the rediscovery of Jean-Michel Basquiat's early masterpieces, these showcases are sure to ignite the senses and leave a lasting impression. Prepare to be captivated, inspired, and forever transformed by the boundless brilliance of Fondation Beyeler's exhibitions.



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