Fondation Beyeler honours Goya

Presented until 23 January 2022, and 275 years after his birth, the Fondation Beyeler in Basel, which will go an extension soon, features one of the most significant exhibitions dedicated to Spanish master Francisco de Goya in a long time. Rarely displayed paintings from Spanish private collections are displayed alongside rare works from distinguished European and American museums and private collections. The exhibition is organised by the Fondation Beyeler in collaboration with the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid.

Simply titled ‘Goya’, the show brings together around 70 paintings and more than 100 masterful drawings and prints. Highlights include the portrait of the Duchess of Alba (1795) and the iconic Clothed Maja (La maja vestida, 1800–1807), as well as the rarely displayed Maja and Celestina on a Balcony and Majas on a Balcony (1808–1812), the latter two on loan from European private collections.

The exhibition showcases Goya’s numerous skills, from court painter, to religious and mysterious depictions of Christ, portraits, historical tableaux and still lives.

Alongside paintings commissioned by the royal family, the aristocracy and the bourgeoisie, the exhibition juxtaposes classical treasures with more intimate and rarely-seen paintings. Don’t miss the private cabinet, initially intended only for highly private presentations.

Image: Francisco de Goya, Still Life with Golden Bream (Besugos), 1808–1812. Oil on canvas, 44.8 x 62.5 cm. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Alice Pratt Brown Museum Fund and the Pratt Foundation Accessions Endowment Fund, 94.245. Photo: © The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston .