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Fondation Beyeler Founder Ernst Beyeler Dies at 88 in Basel

Henri Rousseau - Le liont ayant faim se jette sur l’antilope, 1905 - Collection of the Foundation Beyeler art museum in Riehen, Switzerland.

GENEVA (AP).- Ernst Beyeler, whose early
eye for undervalued Picassos and Impressionists helped him assemble one of
Europe’s most famous art collections, has died, his Beyeler Foundation said
Friday. He was 88. Beyeler died Thursday evening at his home near Basel, said
the museum, which he created 13 years ago out of his sprawling gallery of
Beyeler, the son of a Swiss railway employee, became a
widely respected art patron after World War II by acquiring hundreds of works by
Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse and others. He
presented them to the public in his Basel gallery and later in the foundation he
founded near the German border. Funeral arrangements were not immediately known.

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Survey of the Work of Claude Monet Opens at Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid

MADRID.- The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and Fundación Caja Madrid are presenting the exhibition Monet and Abstraction. It offers a survey of the work of the great French Impressionist painter from an innovative perspective and one never previously employed in the context of a temporary exhibition of this scale and importance, namely the artist’s relationship with the development of abstraction in the second half of the 20th century. From his ethereal London landscapes to the monumental depictions of his garden at Giverny where he spent the last forty years of his life, the exhibition looks at how Claude Monet’s permanent obsession with capturing the instantaneous led him to break down pictorial representation to the point of reaching the threshold of abstraction. It also analyses how, around the middle of the 20th century, the young generation of European and American abstract artists rediscovered his art and elevated the fig