Art & Design Museums Basel

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

Great art in a small area

Basel and the contemporary art

A love affair

Museum für Gegenwartskunst

Photo: Mark Niedermann

© Museum Tinguely, Foto: Samuel Oppliger

Vitra Design Museum, photo: Thomas Dix

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


"Sculpture on the Move 1946-2016" 
Kunstmuseum Basel 19.04.2016 – 18.09.2016

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.

"Haroon Mirza/hrm199 Ltd." 
Museum Tinguely 10.06.2015 – 06.09.2015

With "Haroon Mirza/hrm199 Ltd.", the Museum Tinguely presents the largest solo exhibition of London artist and Zurich Art Prize winner Haroon  Mirza. His works are in part specially conceived for this exhibition and address perception in various ways.

"Maker Library Network"
Vitra Design Museum 12.06.2015 – 30.08.2015

The Maker Library Network is a worldwide association of designers and studios, sharing each other’s experiences, processes, and products.
The Maker Library Network is a combination of three elements: workspace, library, and gallery, and is used by a network of designers and various studios in a worldwide collective. Daniel Charny curated this exhibition, which aims to explain the principle of this worldwide network whilst also being a Maker Library itself. Projects amd objects created within the network are being presented for the first time in a place of exchange.

"Bauhaus: Design" 
Vitra Design Museum 26.09.2015 – 28.02.2016

With the exhibition "Bauhaus: Design", 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.