Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), one of the most important artists of all time, exerted unparalleled influence on 20th-century modern art. The Fondation Beyeler owns more than 30 of his works, one of the largest and finest Picasso collections worldwide. For the museum’s founders Ernst and Hildy Beyeler, Picasso embodied the ideal artist. Over the decades, they sold more than 1000 of his works, devoted numerous exhibitions to him in their gallery, and their relationship evolved into friendship.

The paintings, works on paper and sculptures they collected span the period from early Cubism to the late works. In this display, they are complemented by permanent loans among others from the Anthax Collection Marx and the Rudolf Staechelin Family Trust. Before the viewer’s eye, the full panorama of visual worlds created by Picasso between 1907 and 1972 thus unfolds in 40 works. Picasso’s key periods and themes are considered in depth across eight rooms: Cubism and Classicism, Surrealist tendencies, his models Marie-Thérèse Walter and Dora Maar, the war years, artistic predecessors who inspired him, drawings and prints, the late works and the last years.

The show offers an extension to the major exhibition “The Young PICASSO – Blue and Rose Periods”, on view from 3 February to 26 May 2019, thereby temporarily turning the Fondation Beyeler into a museum dedicated entirely to the works of Pablo Picasso.

The collection display was curated by Dr Raphaël Bouvier.

Baselstrasse 101
CH-4125 Riehen/Basel, Switzerland


Pablo Picasso, Buste de femme au chapeau (Dora), 1939 (Detail) Bust of Woman with Hat (Dora)
Oil on canvas, 55 x 46.5 cm, photo Peter Schibli, Basel
© 2018 Succession Picasso / ProLitteris, Zurich