Always reflecting a preternatural sense of the market, the Fondation Beyeler’s Dubuffet show comes during a time of rising interest in the painter:
Jean Dubuffet – Metamorphoses of Landscape at Fondation Beyeler in Riehen (Basel, Switzerland) is comprehensive retrospective of the multifaceted oeuvre of the French artist Jean Dubuffet. The exhibition runs until 8 May 2016 and features over 100 works of the painter and sculpture, who is also known for founding the art movement Art Brut. Dubuffet’s influence can still be felt today in contemporary art and street art, for example in the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Ugo Rondinone.
The exhibition at Fondation Beyeler focuses on Jean Dubuffet’s idea of landscape, which in his hands can transform itself into a body, a face or an object. Portraits, female nudes and still lives turn into vibrant landscapes.
Alongside important paintings and sculptures from all the major phases of Dubuffet’s oeuvre, the exhibition is also showing the artist’s spectacular Coucou Bazar, a multimedia work of art that combines painting, sculpture, theatre, dance and music. In the course of the exhibition, Coucou Bazar comes to live each Wednesday and Sunday, when two of the work’s figures are animated by performers.