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Kunsthalle Basel

Kunsthalle Basel is dedicated to exhibiting, discussing, and reflecting on the art of the present. And it always has been, since its founding in 1872. It was one of the first institutions in Switzerland to feature international and Swiss contemporary art, and today it is still among the country’s most active. It is renowned for its audacious and varied programs as well as for its engagement with artists, particularly those who are not yet widely known. It welcomes curious visitors of all ages and organizes up to 10 thought- provoking exhibitions per year, many of which include newly produced works. It also hosts a panoply of events — artist’s talks, performances, film screenings, and more — making it a vibrant site to experience contemporary art and take part in the discussions that surround it.

This museum greets you in the following languages: D/E
Opening 1872

Kunsthalle Basel. Foto/Photo: Yohan Zerdoun, 2016
Kunsthalle Basel. Foto/Photo: Yohan Zerdoun, 2016

Current exhibitions

Michael Armitage "You, Who Are Still Alive"

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Kenyan-born artist Michael Armitage (* 1984) creates an ambitious group of new works as the focus of his first exhibition in Switzerland. The moody, sumptuously layered figurative paintings draw equally from past and current events, recollections and mythology, popular culture and art historical references. What results are haunting and provocative reflections on politics, history, civil unrest, and humanity.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/E
Michael Armitage

Berenice Olmedo "Hic et Nunc"

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Berenice Olmedo (*1987) often focuses on the most rejected and vulnerable in society—whether stray dogs or physically impaired humans. Extending this concern, in one of her first European solo exhibitions, the Mexican artist conceives a new project that generates form from investigations into various technological enhancements of the body.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/E
Berenice Olmedo

Next exhibition(s)

Daniel Turner

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Daniel Turner (* 1983) is engaged in a critical examination of the lives of objects, often melting down, liquifying, burning, or otherwise transmuting the materiality of everyday objects into other forms. The US-American artist probes how the materialities of objects retain embedded traces and histories of the contexts for which they were made and in which they were used.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/E
Daniel Turner

Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili

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Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili (* 1979 in Tbilisi) presents an ensemble of large-scale, ethereal, quasi-abstract photographic images specifically developed for the outdoor context of the back wall of Kunsthalle Basel. The images are, as with so much of the Georgian-born artist’s practice, a mix of straight photographs, composite images created by superimposing photographic negatives, and explosions of chroma produced in darkroom processes.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/E
Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili

Kunstkredit Basel-Stadt

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The show presents works by the artists who were awarded the individual artist’s direct grant by the Kunstkredit Basel-Stadt in 2022. Admission is free.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/E
Kunstkredit Basel-Stadt

Regionale 23

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This annual group exhibition is focused on the contemporary production by artists local to the three-country region around Basel and is part of the Regionale, a cross-border cooperation of 18 institutions in France, Germany, and Switzerland.

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Kunsthalle Basel, this year’s Regionale 23 exhibition at Kunsthalle Basel will be curated by the artists of the association board of the Basler Kunstverein.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D
Regionale 23
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Location of the museum

Steinenberg 7
4051 Basel

Location/directions

Within easy walking distance from the tram stops Bankverein, Barfüsserplatz and Theater, Kunsthalle Basel is located right in the city centre of Basel. All these stations are well served by Basel’s public transport system and can be reached quickly and conveniently from the city’s two railway stations, the Swiss railway station SBB and the German train Station Badischer Bahnhof. Kunsthalle Basel does not provide parking facilities. If you are driving, we recommend one of the following car parks: Anfos-Haus (Henric Petri-Strasse 58), Elisabethen (Steinenschanze 5), Kunstmuseum (Luftgässlein), Steinenparking (bei der Heuwaage)

Open

Tue, Wed, Fri 11 am-6 pm; Thurs 11 am-8:30 pm; Sa, So: 11 am-5 pm

Special opening hours

Sat, 24.12.2022 (Christmas Eve): closed
Sun, 25.12.2022 (Christmas Day): closed
Mon, 26.12.2022 (Stephanstag): 11 am–5 pm
Sat, 31.12.2022 (New Year’s Eve): closed
Sun, 1.1.2023 (New Year): closed

Admission

CHF 12.—/8.—
incl. S AM Swiss Architecture Museum

Contact

Kunsthalle Basel
Steinenberg 7
4051 Basel
061 206 99 00 Telephone
info@kunsthallebasel.ch
http://www.kunsthallebasel.ch
  • Member of the Swiss Museums Association.
    Member of the Swiss Museums Association.
  • Museumslupe: the museum has an entry in the Museumslupe, the digital children's guide for art and culture.
    Museumslupe: the museum has an entry in the Museumslupe, the digital children's guide for art and culture.
  • Parking
    Parking
  • Cafeteria
    Cafeteria
  • Restaurant
    Restaurant
  • Shop
    Shop
  • Children and family-friendly
    Children and family-friendly
  • Completely wheelchair accessible
    Completely wheelchair accessible
  • Very good accessibility with public transport
    Very good accessibility with public transport