Fondation Beyeler | Monet's legacy
Since Claude Monet (1840 – 1926, Paris) is one of the most famous painters, his works can be viewed in many cultural institutions. But in my opinion Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland is one of the most fitting for his work. Apart from the Orangerie in Paris maybe.
The beautiful architecture compliments Monet's œuvre in a most exceptional way. The light flows through every room and the garden with its pond makes you feel like the art is oozing everywhere.
This exhibition is part of the Fondation's 20th anniversary program this year. As part of that, everybody under 25 can visit the sacred halls for free. This might enable a few other cultural nerds who might not be able to afford the hefty 28 CHF, to view the show.
The focus is on Monet's highly impressionist and late phase. There are a lot of coasts, Seine views, cliffs and meadows. It feels like summer has come early this year, making the cold rain tapping on the windows almost disappear. What I think is really clever is a humongous full-body photo of Monet in the first room, which is at least twice my size. With his rustic beard and rather big belly it makes the tenderness of the paintings stand out even more. It also makes me wonder how in the world he was able to paint like this with fingers like that.
Anyhow, as most of the paintings have roughly the same size, it didn't leave much room for curatorial experiments. A pity, but it doesn't matter that much, since the paintings have this indescribable aura. No special effects were needed to make them stand out.
Downstairs you can watch a movie. Picking up the thread from Monet's paintings it plays with reflections and mirrorings. It is lovely, scary, and fascinating. An interesting combination!
Since Monet is one of my favorite artists my opinion might be slightly biased, but I would definitely recommend checking this exhibition out. I left the Fondation with a warm feeling, a book and a poster.
Quote in caption: Tagesanzeiger
Book in image: Ulf Küster, Louise Bourgeois, published by Hatje Cantz. I bought it at the museum's shop