Basel - Exhibition


Fondation Beyeler

02 Sep 201801 Jan 2019

The retrospective dedicated to Balthus is his first exhibition in a Swiss museum since 2008 and the first comprehensive presentation of his work in German-speaking Switzerland, with which the artist had close connections during his life. It presents a selection of around fifty important works, representative of all the phases of Balthus’ artistic research, starting from the main focus of the show, namely the monumental painting Passage du Commerce-Saint-André,  on permanent loan to the museum for some time.

The overview highlights Balthus’ original style that made him one of the masters of twentieth-century art. Challenging the current avant-gardes, he managed to create an alternative and personal attitude, which detached from modernism and referred to a wide range of art-historical precursors and sources. The often provocative and contradictory images exhibited highlights his style, now considered almost postmodern and contemporary.


  • Balthus, Balthus, "La Partie de Cartes", 1948-1950, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, © Balthus, Courtesy of Fondation Beyeler

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Special Events

Destination: Basel
Where: Fondation Beyeler
Type: Press Conference
Admission: By Invitation Only

Press conference and preview of the exhibition

Contacts & Details

mon, tue, thu, fri, sat, sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm; wed 10:00 am - 8:00 pm



Keller Sam

T: +41 61 645 9700 M: W: Fondation Beyeler
Baselstrasse 101 Riehen / Basel, CH-4125 Switzerland