Hopper at The Fondation Beyler, Summer 2020

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This is one of Basel’s finest museums, it attracts exhibitions from the top tier of Art, last years Picasso exhibition springs to mind immediately when I wrote that.  Fondation Beyeler is beautiful, nestled in lush green gardens hosting sculptures and places to sit or lounge. The Fondation’s building has a modern look with huge floor to ceiling windows that look out over a pond that is supposed to recreate Monet’s lilly pond and irises.

 

Recently, I visited the Hopper Exhibition which will continue until 20th September 2020. Edward Hopper (1882-1967) is little know however, a few of his works have become very popular. The importance of this exhibition is that it brings together the landscape paintings, watercolours and drawings that have been rarely seen before.

 

The highlight of the exhibition is a film from Wim Wenders ‘Two or Three Things I know about Edward Hopper’. This film is her personal tribute to someone she is a self confessed ‘super fan’, her passion is clear and it is that that makes the film so captivating.

 

My ticket for the Hopper Exhibition was 25CHF, I bought it online which meant i skipped the ticket queue at the entrance to the museum. There was no mandate to wear face masks within the museum nor its gardens.

 

After, I was done with the Hopper exhibition I had to spend some time in the reading gallery, it’s so serene and peaceful, I love it. I could spend many a Sunday afternoon relaxing, reading art books and looking out onto the farm fields of Rhein. This is my kind of happiness.

It was a very beautiful day on Sunday so I couldn’t resist wandering around the garden of the Fondation. I took a few snaps of the garden and a view of Rhein’s farm fields taken from the museums garden wall.

The Fondation Beyeler has it’s own Tram stop which is on Tramline 6, It’s about 20 mins from Basel Town Center to the Museum by Tram. There is also a park house opposite the museum which is very convenient.

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