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Kunstmuseum Basel

The Kunstmuseum Basel ranks among the most renowned institutions of its kind in Europe and beyond. Its world-famous collection, the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, now encompasses around 4.000 paintings, sculptures, installations, and videos as well as 300.000 drawings and prints from seven centuries. Its historic nucleus is the Amerbach Cabinet, the art collection built by Basilius Amerbach, a prominent citizen of Basel. It was purchased by the city and the university in 1661 and displayed to the public starting in 1671, arguably making it the world’s oldest municipal art collection.

This museum greets you in the following languages: D/F/I/E
Opening 1661

Kunstmuseum Basel | Hauptbau
Kunstmuseum Basel | Hauptbau
Kunstmuseum Basel | Neubau
Kunstmuseum Basel | Neubau
Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart
Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart

Current exhibitions

Luminous Figures. Drawings and Stained Glass Paintings from Holbein to Ringler

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In the sixteenth century, small-format stained glass paintings graced the windows of many a guild room and council hall. The exhibition organised by the Department of Prints and Drawings showcases numerous preliminary drawings as well as finished glass paintings.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D
Luminous Figures. Drawings and Stained Glass Paintings from Holbein to Ringler

Picasso, Chagall, Jawlensky. Masterworks of the Im Obersteg Collection

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Showing treasures of classic modernism from an eminent private collection in Basel in dialogue with works from our own holdings, the exhibition sheds light on the history of the collection and Karl Im Obersteg's longstanding ties to the Kunstmuseum Basel.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D
Picasso, Chagall, Jawlensky. Masterworks of the Im Obersteg Collection

Next exhibition(s)

Kara Walker, Drawings 1993-2020. A Black Hole is Everything a Star Longs to Be

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The brilliant and provocative African-American artist Kara Walker (b. 1969) presents drawings from the past twenty-seven years that have never been on public display

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D
Kara Walker, Drawings 1993-2020. A Black Hole is Everything a Star Longs to Be

The incredible world of photography. Ruth and Peter Herzog Collection

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A portrait of the unique collection of photographs built by Ruth and Peter Herzog, the exhibition unfurls an «encyclopedia of life» to open up unexpected perpectives on the history of photography from its early days to the 1970s.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D
The incredible world of photography. Ruth and Peter Herzog Collection

Charmion von Wiegand. Coloring Modernism

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The New York-based artist Charmion von Wiegand (1896-1983) found inspiration in leftwing art criticism, abstract painting, and the Study of Far Eastern visual symbolism.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D

Rembrandt. Etchings from the second Kornfeld donation

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The exhibition honors the renowned Berne-based auctioneer and collector Eberhard W. Kornfeld, who will give thirty-one etchings by Rembrandt to the museum. The works are shown together with another set of Rembrandts he donated to the museum in 2005.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D

Rembrandt's Orient. West Meets East in Dutch Art of the 17th Century

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The Dutch were cosmopolitans even in the seventeenth century: the exhibition conveys the fascination that the Orient – seen through the prisms of works of art, objects of utility, and individuals – held for Rembrandt and his contemporaries

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D
Rembrandt's Orient. West Meets East in Dutch Art of the 17th Century
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    Art

Location of the museum

St. Alban-Graben 16
4010 Basel

Location/directions

St. Alban-Graben 16

Open

Tuesday – Sunday 10am–6pm
Wednesday 10am–8pm
Monday closed

Admission

Sammlung / Sonderausstellungen
Erwachsene (ab 20 J.):
CHF 16 / CHF 26
Gruppen (ab 10 Pers.):
CHF 8 / CHF 18
Jugendliche (13-19 Jahre):
CHF 8 / CHF 8
Studenten (20-30 Jahre) :
CHF 8 / CHF 10
Kinder (bis/mit 12 J.): gratis

Contact

Kunstmuseum Basel
St. Alban-Graben 16 Postfach
4010 Basel
061 206 62 62 Telephone (Museum)
061 206 62 52 Fax (Museum)
info@kunstmuseumbasel.ch
http://www.kunstmuseumbasel.ch
  • Member of the Swiss Museums Association.
    Member of the Swiss Museums Association.
  • Museum pass: holders of the Swiss museum pass have free admission.
    Museum pass: holders of the Swiss museum pass have free admission.
  • Cafeteria
    Cafeteria
  • Restaurant
    Restaurant
  • Shop
    Shop
  • Extremely children and family-friendly
    Extremely children and family-friendly
  • Completely wheelchair accessible
    Completely wheelchair accessible
  • Very good accessibility with public transport
    Very good accessibility with public transport