Fodor's Expert Review Kunstmuseum Basel

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In a city known for its museums, the Kunstmuseum is Basel's heirloom jewel. It was built in 1936 to house one of the world's oldest public art collections, owned by the city since 1661. The imposing facade of the main building, called the Hauptbau, gives way to an inner courtyard studded with statues. Inside is the world's largest assemblage of paintings by members of the Holbein family, an exceptional group of works by Konrad Witz, and, in fact, such a thorough gathering of the works of their contemporaries that the development of painting in the Upper Rhine is strikingly documented. Other Swiss artists are well represented, from Basel's own Arnold Böcklin to Gustav Klimt–like Ferdinand Hodler. A newer second building across the street, called the Neubau, houses both temporary exhibits and other items from the Kunstmuseum's permanent modernist collection (art from after 1950); it's accessible from the original museum by a tunnel. A third building, the Gegenwart, contains contemporary... READ MORE

In a city known for its museums, the Kunstmuseum is Basel's heirloom jewel. It was built in 1936 to house one of the world's oldest public art collections, owned by the city since 1661. The imposing facade of the main building, called the Hauptbau, gives way to an inner courtyard studded with statues. Inside is the world's largest assemblage of paintings by members of the Holbein family, an exceptional group of works by Konrad Witz, and, in fact, such a thorough gathering of the works of their contemporaries that the development of painting in the Upper Rhine is strikingly documented. Other Swiss artists are well represented, from Basel's own Arnold Böcklin to Gustav Klimt–like Ferdinand Hodler. A newer second building across the street, called the Neubau, houses both temporary exhibits and other items from the Kunstmuseum's permanent modernist collection (art from after 1950); it's accessible from the original museum by a tunnel. A third building, the Gegenwart, contains contemporary art and is about a five-minute walk away.

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Quick Facts

St. Alban-Graben 16
Basel, Basel-City  4051, Switzerland

061-2066262

www.kunstmuseumbasel.ch

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: 15 SF, Tues.–Sun. 10–6, 16 SF; 26 SF for special exhibitions plus permanent collection. Free Tues., Wed., Fri., and Sat. 5 pm–6 pm and first Sun. of the month 10 am–6 pm (not including special exhibitions)

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