Art & Design Museums
With over 40 museums in an area of just 37 km2, Basel is a city of art and culture par excellence and a must-see destination for any trip to Switzerland. Discover this city on the Rhine as an open-air museum on the weekend and enjoy the outstanding exhibitions at its four world-famous museums – the Fondation Beyeler, Kunstmuseum Basel, Tinguely Museum and Vitra Design Museum.
Whilst it is neither Switzerland's capital nor its largest city, nor surrounded by mountains or lakes, Basel can still be described as a city of modern and contemporary art, as it is home to Europe's largest concentration of museums.
As well as providing fascinating glimpses of prestigious art collections and special exhibitions, the museums are also housed in exceptionally impressive buildings designed by internationally acclaimed architects, such as Mario Botta, Renzo Piano, Herzog & de Meuron and Frank O. Gehry, for example. This allows you to enjoy a unique interaction between art, design and architecture.
And that's not all: Basel's relationship with contemporary art is perfectly rounded off by numerous additional highlights. During your stay, you can explore all the features which give this city its unique charm: when strolling around the picturesque Old Town, sunbathing on the banks of the Rhine, enjoying an evening at the theatre or unforgettable culinary delights in one of the numerous restaurants, you can experience Swiss quality in all its diversity. Thanks to its geographical location in the three-country triangle, your stay in the multicultural and dynamic city of Basel can also be perfectly combined with excursions to nearby Alsace and the Black Forest – the so-called Art Valley.
The Highlights 2015
The pendant piece to the special exhibition "Painting on the Move" (2002) focuses on the medium of sculpture from 1946 up to today. In this extensive show, which inaugurates the newly expanded Kunstmuseum, the dynamic interplay between imagination and form in sculpture is the theme.
The exhibition shows more than 30 rooms the Ffranco-Swiss artist designed and themed himself and arranged them into a total artwork. From his “little ideas”, to “new text images”, “mirrors”, “photography” through to themes such as “time”, “death”, and a “homage to Tinguely”, Ben Vautier presents a kaleidoscope of his current works and oeuvre.
"In Search of 0,10 – The Last Futuristic Exhibition of Painting"
This exhibition celebrates the historic moment in the history of modern art when Kazimir Malevich debuted his new non-objective paintings under the banner of Suprematism and Vladimir Tatlin introduced his revolutionary counter-relief sculptures. The presentation at the Fondation Beyeler will include most of the works from the original exhibition, many of which will be shown for the first time in Switzerland.
With the exhibition "The Bauhaus #itsalldesign", the Vitra Design Museum shows the first exensive overview of the Bauhaus as a notion in design. A multitude of rare and even some never before exhibited pieces from the fields of design, architecture, art, film, and photography are on view.