Three exhibitions to see in Basel this weekend

From the towering ambitions of a young Picasso to Rebecca Horn's Body Fantasies.

The Early Picasso: Blue and Rose Periods (until 16 June; tickets SFr30, concessions available) —the “most expensive and ambitious” exhibition ever staged at the Fondation Beyeler—and now the second most popular in the museum's history. As we went to press on Thursday, the exhibition had drawn 316,000 visitors. The chronological presentation of paintings, pastels and sculptures takes on the towering ambitions of a young Pablo Picasso. It follows the artist from the age of 19 in 1901, the year he launched his career in Paris and adopted the signature of “Picasso” (renouncing the “Ruiz” surname of his painter father), up to the 1907 primitivist study for Les Demoiselles d’Avignon in the Beyeler’s own collection. The aim, according to the curator Raphaël Bouvier, is to show how “Cubism can be understood as a continuous development from the Blue and Rose periods rather than a ‘break’ in Picasso’s work, as is so often contended by art historians”.

Also included in the ticket price of the Picasso show is the Beyeler's first major exhibition of the Italian artist Rudolf Stingel (until 6 October) in Switzerland since 1995. Conceived in close collaboration between the artist and guest curator Udo Kittelmann, the exhibition focuses on several series of Stingel’s paintings, alongside large-scale sculptures made of Styrofoam and cast metal. (..)

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