The Kunstmuseum Basel, which was voted the fifth best museum in the world by the Times of London in 2013, is known worldwide and is home to the oldest public art collection in the world. The extension, which is connected underground to the main building and was designed by Basel architects Christ & Gantenbein, was recently opened. As a result, the museum now has around a third more exhibition space in an impressive architectural setting.
The main building on St. Alban-Graben houses works of art from the period between the 15th century and 1960. In future, special exhibitions will be presented in the spacious rooms of the extension, and works from the years between 1960 and 1990 will also be on display here.
Together, the three buildings of the Kunstmuseum Basel offer an exhibition space of around 10,000 square meters.
The collection of the Kunstmuseum, known as the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, comprises around four thousand paintings, sculptures, installations and videos as well as three hundred thousand drawings and prints from seven centuries. This makes it the largest public art collection in Switzerland.
The collection includes works by renowned artists such as Hans Holbein, Rembrandt, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Andy Warhol.
The Art Museum Basel invites visitors on a journey through art history from the 15th century to the present day and offers a wide range of works at its three locations. With over 300,000 works of art in its collection, varied exhibitions and a wide range of programs, the museum offers the public a variety of approaches to art.
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The art museum Basel is home to the oldest public art collection in the world. It focuses on paintings and drawings by artists from the Upper Rhine region between 1400 and 1600, as well as international art from the 19th to 21st centuries. Works by Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Arnold Böcklin and others can be seen throughout the year.
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Opening to the public over 350 years ago, the Kunstmuseum Basel is a living symbol of Baslers’ love of art. Its program unfolds over three striking venues – the Hauptbau, Neubau, and Gegenwart – that are located by the Rhine and operate like ‘three parts of a single organism’s body’, says director Josef Helfenstein. The Kunstmuseum Basel’s collections range from Pre-Renaissance painting to installations by Modern and contemporary artists. Yet far from relying on such riches, the museum constantly strives to offer visitors new perspectives on its holdings.
Video 4 Top-Museen in Basel
With around 40 museums on just 37 square kilometers, Basel offers an impressive density of museums. With such a large selection, it’s easy to lose track. That’s why you can now find out which four museum highlights should not be missed during a visit to Basel.
In this video:
• Art Museum Basel
• Museum Tinguely
• Fondation Beyeler
• Vitra Design Museum & Vitra Schaudepot