Happy birthday Ernst Beyeler #BornOnThisDay in 1921. Having had the fortune to meet this Basel-born gentleman in my early life; he remains a personal hero, inspiration and great exemplar on how to approach art.
I highly recommend anyone to read ‘Ernst Beyeler: A Passion for Art’ for an unusually personal story of this postwar European art-world titan. Through his discerning eye for art, his close relationships with many of the 20th century great artists, and his role in the foundation of @artbasel, the world’s largest art fair, Beyeler transformed his hometown into a hub for international art.
‘A Passion for Art’ tells Beyeler’s unusually personal story, through interviews with Christophe Mory. Beyeler describes the evolution of his career and his encounters with artists such as Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, and Francis Bacon. He also speaks in detail about his own collection, which focuses mainly on 20th century artists like Matisse, Mondrian, Klee, and Dubuffet. This art collection is the basis for the @fondationbeyeler, a museum designed by Renzo Piano that houses over 150 pieces of art handpicked by Beyeler.