From O'Keeffe's earliest abstractions to her iconic depictions of flowers and landscapes from the southwestern United States, the retrospective offers a comprehensive selection of the artist's paintings, some of which are rarely shown, from public and private collections. The exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler will take a closer look at Georgia O'Keeffe's particular way of looking at her surroundings and translating them into new and never-before-seen images of reality. "You rarely take the time to really see a flower. I painted it big enough for others to see what I see." This early quote from 1926 has become a common thread in O'Keeffe's art and life. The exhibition in Basel aims to draw attention to the relevance of O'Keeffe's bold and radical way of seeing. "Georgia O'Keeffe" is the artist's first major retrospective in Basel and the first comprehensive overview of O'Keeffe's oeuvre in Switzerland in almost 20 years, spanning nearly six decades.
This exhibition is organized by the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel in collaboration with the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe.
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