Wandering Basel: Fondation Beyeler

Happy Easter from a train from Krakow to Warsaw.

As I have a few hours on a train, I figured it’d be a good time for quick post to continue my reports of my Basel exploration. I took last weekend off from travel, which meant that I got some much needed cleaning in, did some running, got to be lazy and finally got to see the big Picasso exhibit that’s been at the Beyeler.

If I want to be technical, the Beyeler isn’t actually in Basel, it’s a town over in Riehen. It takes about twenty minutes to get there by train (a little more if you somehow managed to take the right bus line with the wrong terminus stop).

This one is an art museum with revolving exhibits. The surrounding area is pretty, with some gazebos and statues.

The big exhibit in town for the past few months has been an exhibit on the early years of Picasso (his blue and rose period). It goes through a seven year span of his career where he painted heavily in blue after a close friend’s death.

It goes through a brighter period in the rose period when he was in a serious relationship. The colors got a little brighter, but some of the photos still seemed a little sad.

The Blue and Rose exhibit ends right as Picasso starts getting into a more experimental side that is what we tend to think of when we think of the artist.

Blue and Rose segueys into a “panorama” of Picasso with paintings and sketches from the rest of his career.

The exhibit is here until May and I’m glad that I was able to see it before I left. I loved it. My only regret is not making it out there for Museumsnacht when they had all the fun “paint like Picasso” workshops. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in Basel before it closes. I’m interested in what will replace it after that time.

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