The Fondation Beyeler is devoting a retrospective to the American artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986). A total of 85 works from public and private collections, mainly from the United States, are exhibited at Riehen (BS) from Sunday until May 22.
Georgia O’Keeffe ‘is the most important and exciting landscape and nature painter of the 20th century’. She is “an emblematic figure of modern American art”, the Fondation Beyeler said on Friday.
The retrospective is a rare opportunity for the European public to discover the work of the American artist, because very few of his paintings are exhibited in museums outside the United States. Only a dozen works are listed in public and private collections in Europe.
Nature and landscapes
Georgia O’Keeffe’s sources of inspiration are nature and landscapes. She paints figurative and abstract works. The retrospective allows us to see ‘the artist’s unique way of contemplating his environment and translating his perceptions into new images of reality’, underlines the foundation.
The exhibition ‘Georgia O’Keeffe’ is organized in collaboration with the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, in Madrid, and the Center Pompidou, in Paris, in partnership with the Goergia O’Keeffe Museum, in Santa Fe.
The Fondation Beyeler celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. This summer it is organizing an exhibition devoted to the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian (1872-1944). In the fall, the museum will present the most comprehensive exhibition to date of works from its collection.