Edward Hopper sits amongst some of the most significant artists of the 20th century. For the first time, an exhibition presented at the Beyeler Foundation in Basel, explores Hopper’s interpretation of American landscapes through remarkable oil paintings, drawings and watercolours ranging from 1909 to 1965. Organised by the Fondation Beyeler in cooperation with the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the worldwide major repository of Hopper’s work, the exhibition is fantastic.
From an early age, Hopper managed to amalgamate imagery originating from pop culture, photography and film. He found inspiration in painters such as Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Goya, Gustave Courbet and Édouard Manet.
Highlights in the show include Cape Cod Morning (1950), a vibrant, almost-mysterious work displaying a woman looking out from a bay window, her face bathed in sunlight, staring at something the viewer cannot see.
Specially commissioned for the exhibition, photographer and filmmaker Wim Wenders presents a short 3D film entitled Two or Three Things I Know about Edward Hopper, screened in a site-specific room. The film, which ‘animates’ Hopper’s paintings, is Wenders’ personal tribute to the American painter. He travelled across the USA on a quest for “Hopper’s spirit”, condensing the resulting footage into a film that premiered at the exhibition’s opening. Thanks to this exhibition, 2020 starts with a bang.