The Kunstmuseum Basel

The main building of the Kunstmuseum Basel is closed for renovation work and to connect to the New Building before re-opening in April 2016. The closure affects the exhibition spaces of the gallery and the department of prints and drawings, the prints and drawings study room, and the bookshop in the main building.

Masterworks of modernism are on view in the exhibition Cézanne to Richter – Masterpieces from the Kunstmuseum Basel at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst (MGK) through the end of February 2016. The Kunstmuseum Basel’s Old Masters can be admired in the exhibition Holbein. Cranach. Grünewald – Masterpieces from the Kunstmuseum Basel at the Museum der Kulturen Basel.

Artworks of the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation will be on display at the Schaulager. The exhibition, entitled FUTURE PRESENT – Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation – Contemporary Art from Classic Modernism to the Present Day, is on Display until January 31, 2016.

The Kunstmuseum Basel is home to one of the largest and oldest public museum collections in Europe. In its unique history, it has assembled works from the early fifteenth century to the present.

The Kunstmuseum Basel houses the Galerie (Gallery) and the Kupferstichkabinett (Department of Prints and Drawings). The main focus is on paintings and drawings by artists active in the Upper Rhine region between 1400 and 1600 and of the 19th and 21st century.

The Kunstmuseum Basel possesses the world`s largest collection of works by the Holbein family. Further examples of Renaissance art include major pieces by  masters such as Konrad Witz, Martin Schongauer, Lucas Cranach the Elder and Matthias Grünewald. Most of these early treasures originally belonged to the collection of a Basel lawyer, Basilius Amerbach. Purchased by the city in 1661, they formed the core of the world`s first public municipal museum.

Paintings by Basel-born Arnold Böcklin feature among the 19th-century highlights. In the field of 20th-century art, the accent is on Cubism (Picasso, Braque, Léger), German Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism and American art since 1950. Contemporary art is exhibited at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Museum of Contemporary Art).

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