Art & Design Museums Basel

Great art in a small area
Photo: Mark Niedermann
© Museum Tinguely, Foto: Samuel Oppliger
Vitra Design Museum, photo: Thomas Dix
Museum für Gegenwartskunst

Great art in a small area

Basel and the contemporary art

A love affair

Photo: Mark Niedermann

© Museum Tinguely, Foto: Samuel Oppliger

Vitra Design Museum, photo: Thomas Dix

Museum für Gegenwartskunst

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

Cézanne bis Richter
Kunstmuseum/MGK  14/02/2015 – 21/02/2016

The exposition, which shows ca. 70 paintings, offers a panorama of the evolution of European painting through the 1970s that enables visitors to trace the seminal artistic developments of the period.

Paul Gauguin
Fondation Beyeler 08/02/2015 – 28/06/2015

With Paul Gauguin, the Fondation Beyeler presents one of the most famous and fascinating artists in history. As one of the great European cultural highlights in the year 2015, the exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler brings together about fifty masterpieces by Gauguin from leading international museums and private collections.