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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

Writing & Image. Prints from the 15th through 17th centuries

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The exhibition showcases selected eminent works from the Kupferstichkabinett to shed light on the multifaceted interplay between writing and image.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D
Writing & Image. Prints from the 15th through 17th centuries

The Cubist Cosmos. From Picasso to Léger

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Produced in cooperation with the Centre Pompidou, the exhibition The Cubist Cosmos. From Picasso to Léger is the first to unite both museums’ Cubist masterworks for a reconstruction of the wider context in which the world-famous treasures bequeathed to the Kunstmuseum Basel by Raoul La Roche were created. Rounded out by masterpieces on loan from international collections, the presentation showcases ca. 130 works to illuminate this seminal chapter in the history of art.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/F/E
The Cubist Cosmos. From Picasso to Léger

Next exhibition(s)

Leiko Ikemura. Toward New Seas

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Presenting drawings, paintings, and sculptures, the exhibition To new seas is a focused retrospective, mounted in consultation with the artist and in cooperation with the National Art Center, Tokyo.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Leiko Ikemura. Toward New Seas

Helmut Federle. 19 E. 21st St., Six Large Paintings

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The exhibition presents six paintings created between 1980 and 2005 and a number of works on paper from the collection of the Kupferstichkabinett (Department of Prints and Drawings) as well as historic non-European ceramics from the artist’s own collection.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Helmut Federle. 19 E. 21st St., Six Large Paintings

«Schau, ich bin blind, schau.». The collection of Hans and Monika Furer

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The show throws light on Zaugg’s sustained and probing scrutiny of the phenomenon of perception. Opening with his “remarks” on Paul Cézanne’s famous painting La maison du pendu (1872–1873)—in which Zaugg replaces fragmentary elements with literal descriptions—the display also includes other works from the series Ein Blatt Papier, Für ein Bild and Schau, ich bin blind, schau.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
«Schau, ich bin blind, schau.». The collection of Hans and Monika Furer

Gold and Glory. Gifts for Eternity

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Timed to coincide with the 1000th anniversary of the Basel cathedral’s consecration, which was celebrated in the fall of 1019 in the presence of Emperor Henry II, the exhibition Gold & Glory. Gifts for Eternity unfurls a panorama of cultural history that explores the reign and culture of the last Ottonian ruler from a variety of perspectives.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Gold and Glory. Gifts for Eternity

Max Sulzbachner. Moonlit Nights and Ruckus in Basel

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The Kunstmuseum Basel honors the Basel artist Max Sulzbachner (1904–1985) with a focused retrospective of his eclectic oeuvre and a publication. Despite Sulzbachner’s renown and abiding popularity, his work has never been the subject of a comprehensive study. The exhibition and the accompanying catalogue will close this gap in the historiography of art in Basel.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D
Max Sulzbachner. Moonlit Nights and Ruckus in Basel

A Passion for Pictures. Louise Bachofen-Burckhardt: Collecting for Basel

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The presentation demonstrates how much of the Kunstmuseum’s present-day profile and renown are due to Louise Bachofen-Burckhardt’s endeavors. No less important than the addition of her treasures to the collection is her influence as a shining example: a pioneer in the field of art collecting and philanthropy in Switzerland, she was surely an inspiration for many later Basel benefactors.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D
A Passion for Pictures. Louise Bachofen-Burckhardt: Collecting for Basel
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Location of the museum

St. Alban-Graben 16
4010 Basel

Location/directions

St. Alban-Graben 16

Open

Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 10am–6pm
Wed 10am–8pm
Closed on Mon

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)
pressoffice@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