Art & Design Museums Basel

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

Great art in a small area

Basel and the contemporary art

A love affair

© Museum Tinguely, Foto: Samuel Oppliger

Vitra Design Museum, photo: Thomas Dix

Museum für Gegenwartskunst

Photo: Mark Niedermann

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.

Sculpture on the Move

Kunstmuseum/MGK 29/08/2015 – 10/01/2016

Sculpture on the Move that focuses on sculptural art between the end of World War II and the present, is a curatorial matching piece to the exhibition Painting on the Move (2002 . Selected works from the collections of the Kunstmuseum Basel and eminent pieces on loan from international museums and private collections will be brought together for a dense and exceptionally rich dialogue of positions in sculpture. It continues with a loosely chronological arrangement highlighting various thematic emphases in sculpture between the 1940s and the 1970s, with exemplary works by Alexander Calder, Hans Arp, Max Bill, Henry Moore, Louise Bourgeois, Pablo Picasso, Eduardo Chillida, David Smith, Jean Tinguely and many more.