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Exhibition
Exhibition

Fondation Beyeler

The Young PICASSO – Blue and Rose Periods

Today: 10.00 AM - 8.00 PM

03 February 2019 - 16 June 2019

This exhibition, the most ambitious ever staged by the Fondation Beyeler, is devoted to the paintings and sculptures of the young Pablo Picasso from the so-called Blue and Rose periods, between 1901 and 1907. For the first time in Europe, the masterpieces of these crucial years, every one of them a milestone on Picasso’s path to preeminence as the twentieth century’s most famous artist, are presented together, in a concentration and quality that are unparalleled. Picasso’s pictures from this phase of creative ferment are some of the finest and most emotionally compelling examples of modern painting, and are counted among the most valuable and sought-after works in the entire history of art. It is unlikely that they will be seen again in such a selection in a single place.

At the age of just twenty, the rising genius Picasso (1881–1973) embarked on a quest for new themes and forms of expression, which he immediately refined to a pitch of perfection. One artistic revolution followed another, in a rapid succession of changing styles and visual worlds. The focus of the exhibition is on the Blue and Rose periods, and thus on the six years in the life of the young Picasso that can be considered central to his entire oeuvre, paving the way for the epochal emergence of Cubism, which developed from Picasso’s previous work, in 1907. Here, the exhibition converges with the Fondation Beyeler’s permanent collection, whose earliest picture by Picasso is a study, dating from this pivotal year, for the Demoiselles d’Avignon.

In terms of organizational effort and cost, this is the highest-caliber exhibition project in the history of the Fondation Beyeler. Years of preparation have been devoted to the presentation, which is certain to be one of Europe’s cultural highlights in 2019. The works on display are all major attractions in the museums from which they have been assembled. The exhibition is being staged in cooperation with the Musée national Picasso-Paris and the Musée d’Orsay, where it will be shown in a modified form before traveling to Basel. The exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler is curated by Dr. Raphaël Bouvier, Curator at the Foundation.


Pablo Picasso: Acrobate et jeune arlequin (1905), Privatsammlung © Succession Picasso / 2018, ProLitteris, Zurich
Museum
Aussenansicht der Fondation Beyeler im Frühling gesäumt von Bäumen im Vordergrund der charakteristische Teich mit den Seerosen

Fondation Beyeler

OpenClosed | 10.00 AM - 8.00 PM

Baselstrasse 101,  4125  Riehen/Basel

Fondation Beyeler, photo: Mark Niedermann

Opening Hours

Mo 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Tu 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  We 10.00 AM - 8.00 PM  |  Th 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Fr 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Sa 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Su 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Christmas / New Year 2019/2020

24 December 2019: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

25 December 2019: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

26 December 2019: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

31 December 2019: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

01 January 2020: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM


Basel Museums Night 2020

17 January 2020: 10.00 AM - 2.00 AM


Art Basel 2020

13 June 2020: 9.00 AM - 7.00 PM

14 June 2020: 9.00 AM - 7.00 PM

15 June 2020: 9.00 AM - 7.00 PM

16 June 2020: 9.00 AM - 7.00 PM

17 June 2020: 9.00 AM - 7.00 PM

18 June 2020: 9.00 AM - 7.00 PM

19 June 2020: 9.00 AM - 7.00 PM

20 June 2020: 9.00 AM - 7.00 PM

21 June 2020: 9.00 AM - 7.00 PM


Institution

Art, architecture and nature are harmoniously combined in the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. The building in the idyllic Berower Park was designed by architect Renzo Piano. The collection contains over 400 masterpieces of modern and contemporary art, including works by Picasso, Monet, Matisse, Cézanne, Giacometti – as well as Andy Warhol, Louise Bourgeois, Gerhard Richter and many more. The internationally renowned programme mounts three to four temporary exhibitions and presentations of the collection every year.

Admission

Adults CHF 30.–
Admission after 4.30 PM CHF 25.–
School and University students CHF 15.–

You can buy tickets for the exhibitions at the museum or online in advance, to avoid queuing at the ticket office.

colourkey Free admission

Museums-PASS-Musées Free admission

Access

We recommend the use of public transportation to reach the museum. Travel time from Basel, Badischer Bahnhof is only a few minutes; from Basel SBB station, about 25 minutes.
The tram stop is very close to the museum.

From Basel city center take the tram 6 > Fondation Beyeler
Or train S6 from the Basel SBB railway station to Riehen,
or go to the car park Zentrum.

Accessibility

It is very important to us that people with disabilities feel comfortable in our museum. All rooms are one level, making everything easily accessible to wheelchair users and people with impaired mobility. These visitors may also make use of our wide variety of guided tours and workshops without any restrictions. We offer specially designed guided tours of the exhibitions to help people with impaired sight or hearing experience the world of artworks.

Use main entrance and you can find parking lots for disabled on Baselstrasse 70.
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