Happy Birthday, Fondation Beyeler!

© mark niedermann

Exactly 25 years ago, on October 18, 1997, the Fondation Beyeler opened its doors to the public for the first time! Its building designed by architect Renzo Piano was designed to combine nature, art, and architecture, with its park with old trees, a water lily pond, and stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

Since its beginning, the museum has presented more than 100 major exhibitions and has welcomed over 8 million visitors from across the globe. The spectacular exhibitions will continue with their grand Anniversary Exhibit that will open on October 30. Taking up almost the entire exhibition space of the museum, it will present approximately 100 works from the museum’s collection. Additionally, several hyperrealistic sculptures by the American artist Duane Hanson will be on display.

To celebrate their anniversary and the opening of the Anniversary Exhibit in style, they are organizing an inaugural “Beyeler Ball” on October 29 from 18:00-24:00. The ball will celebrate art in all its forms. They have invited artists Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari to create an immersive “toilet paper” world in the museum. Guests will be invited to participate in a myriad of sublime onsite celebrations throughout the entire museum, including live music, DJs, Ask Me guides, photo booths, and a best-dressed competition for guests who come as an artist or artwork.

Tickets are CHF 25 for adults, free for anyone under age 25. They will give you unlimited access to the ball’s full entertainment program, including the Anniversary Exhibit and the current exhibition “Palmpsest” by artist Doris Salcedo. Tickets are available via their online ticket shop at https://shop.fondationbeyeler.ch/en/ticket/beyeler-ball-100330/10322.