Jeff Wall

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Fondation Beyeler
Until April 21, 2024

The Fondation Beyeler devotes a comprehensive solo show to internationally acclaimed Canadian artist Jeff Wall (*1946). It is the first exhibition of such scope in Switzerland in close to two decades and has been developed in close collaboration with the artist. Wall, who since the late 1970s has contributed significantly to establishing photography as an autonomous medium, is regarded as the founder of “staged photography.” He mostly produces large-format photographs intricately and subtly composed from numerous individual takes—often inspired by scenes of daily life and by art history, his images are reminiscent of film stills.

The exhibition brings together Wall’s famous large transparencies displayed in lightboxes alongside black-and-white photographs and color prints. In each of the exhibition’s 11 rooms, more recent works are brought into rich thematic and formal dialogue with iconic early pieces. The exhibition further features several new works on public view for the very first time. Bringing together 55 works on loan from international museums and private collections as well as the artist’s own holdings, this survey show takes a fresh look at Wall’s significant body of work.