12. September – 12. December 2013

Brasilea Foundation - Anniversary Retrospective

The Brasilea Foundation was founded in Basel on 22 September 2003.

Through exhibitions and events it brings to life the idea of its founder Walter Wüthrich to establish a cultural centre for the promotion of the cultural and artistic exchange between Brazil and Switzerland and is enjoying continued and growing popularity.

The foundation is based on the permanent collection of Walter Wüthrich containing paintings by the artist Franz Josef Widmar as well as personal artefacts, which forms the centrepiece of our exhibition and is displayed separately on the first floor.

Since its opening, the Brasilea Foundation has exhibited contemporary Brazilian art including paintings, sketches, photography, sculptures, objects and media art by artists who live and work in their home country of Brazil, but also by artists who work and live in foreign contexts. This makes for an interesting mix of artistic perceptions of Brazil with some works expressing a deep connection to the artists' Brazilian roots while others take a more global view of the country.

To mark our tenth anniversary we will be presenting a cross-section of our 42 past exhibitions, which will commemorate and retrace the history and development of the Brasilea Foundation.

The juxtaposition of selected works both to one another and to the permanent collection of Walter Wüthrich promises to reveal fascinating conflicts and parallels, new perceptions as well as new approaches.

As the curator of the collection, being involved in this place of art and culture dedicated to Brazil will remain an exciting task for me in the future. Part of this will be to seek out the riches of Brazilian art and culture in Brazil and to present them to an audience interested in art and culture in the form of exhibitions and events.

I hope that the Brasilea Foundation will remain a fascinating place in which to experience art and culture, that it will develop into a centre of excellence for Brazilian art and culture in Europe and that it will become a much-visited place for young and old to meet and appreciate the variety of contemporary Brazilian themes and where we can spark a new-found curiosity in all those who have yet to discover the Brasilea Foundation.

Our efforts are driven by the quality of the artists we exhibit and our firm belief in the long-term future of the Brasilea Foundation cultural centre.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to all members of our foundation board, to our sponsors and benefactors, to our registered Friends of the Brasilea Foundation as well as to the many visitors and all those who have supported Brasilea throughout the past ten years.

Daniel Faust