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.
Museum Tinguely continues its series on the role of the human senses in the arts with a group exhibition presenting works focusing on the many facets of our haptic perception. The varied trail, encompassing many centuries, invites visitors to partake in direct tactile experiences and requires our ability of "embodiment".
In the first large-scale Jean Dubuffet retrospective in Switzerland this century, the Fondation Beyeler presents the artist’s richly facetted and multilayered oeuvre on the basis of some 100 works. The exhibition thereby starts from Dubuffet’s fascinating idea of landscape, which in his hands can transform itself into a body, a face or an object.
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.