The Fondation Beyeler. A vision becomes reality
This comprehensive portrait of the Fondation Beyeler is part of the series Museen der Schweiz (‘Museums of Switzerland’). It was published in 2009 by the BNP Paribas Switzerland Foundation in collaboration with the Swiss Institute for Art Research.
The book tells the story of the Fondation Beyeler, from the vision cherished by Ernst and Hildy Beyeler to the completion of the museum building designed by architect Renzo Piano. The world-class collection is situated in its art-historical context. Short chapters devoted to the art and artists represented in the Fondation Beyeler serve to underscore Ernst Beyeler’s astuteness and far-sightedness as a collector.
A homage to Ernst and Hildy Beyeler, and a concise history of the exhibitions held at the Fondation Beyeler up to 2009, both contributed by curator Philipp Büttner, provide a detailed insight into this flourishing Swiss museum.
Copious color illustrations of the art works and building illustrate the book and offer a gallery of highlights of classical modernism.