Under the exhibition title Contemporary Voices:
Fondation Beyeler hosts The UBS Art Collection, an overview of developments
in art over the past fifty years will be provided by seventy exemplary
works of modern and contemporary art. A leitmotif of the Fondation Beyeler
exhibition is the intriguing dialogue between American and European art,
as seen in confrontations of paintings by classic Pop artists such as Roy
Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol with works by European post-Pop artists like
Damien Hirst and Neo Rauch. A painting by Brice Marden, Chinese Dancing,
with its intertwining lineatures of form and rhythm, will be juxtaposed
to A B, Confus, a large abstraction by Gerhard Richter. Contemporary photography
will also hold a place of prominence, in the shape of large-format photo
works by Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth and others.
The UBS Art Collection comprises approximately 900 works – paintings, sculptures, photographs, and drawings. These works, brought together in the course of thirty years, originate from the former PaineWebber Collection in the U.S. and the UBS Collections in Switzerland and Europe. In early 2005, sixty-four works from The UBS Art Collection were presented to the general public for the first time at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Now this collection will reach its second exhibition venue, the Fondation Beyeler, for its premiere showing in Europe. A richly illustrated catalogue has been published to accompany the exhibition. It includes interviews with participating artists and an introduction by Ann Temkin.
Concurrently on view: Wolfgang Laib