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The Kunstmuseum houses the Gemäldegalerie (Painting Collection) 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 on the art of the 19th to 21st centuries.
The inventory of the Kupferstichkabinett features drawings, watercolours and engravings.
The collection of the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung has been enriched by important gifts and is complemented by numerous works deposited with the museum, thanks in part to long-standing partnerships with the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, and such institutions as the Im Obersteg Foundation, the Rudolf Staechelin Collection, the Dr. h.c. Emile Dreyfus Foundation, the Alberto Giacometti Foundation and the Gottfried Keller Foundation.



St. Alban-Graben 16

Phone: +41 (0)61 206 62 62
Fax: +41 (0) 61 206 62 52
Website: http://www.kunstmuseumbas

 Permanent Collection Highlights (5)

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Permanent Collection

The Kunstmuseum possesses the worlds largest collection of works by the Holbein family. Further examples of Renaissance art include major pieces by such masters as Konrad Witz, Martin Schongauer, Lucas Cranach the Elder and Mathias 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 worlds 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) further up the street, also part of the Kunstmuseum Basel.


03 February 2007 - 24 June 2007 | Kunstmuseum
Neoclassicism to Early Modernism
Curator: Anita Haldemann

24 March 2007 - 29 July 2007 | Kunstmuseum
Brice Marden
Curator: Christian Müller

24 March 2007 - 29 July 2007 | Kunstmuseum
Focus: Walter Kurt Wiemken
Curators: Bernhard Mendes Bürgi, Nina Zimmer

Actually in the Kunstmuseum as well as in the Museum für Gegenwartskunst:


Previous Exhibitions

10 October 2006 - 18 March 2007 | Museum für Gegenwartskunst
Focus: Günther Förg / Bernard Frize
Curator: Philipp Kaiser

21 October 2006 - 04 February 2007 | Kunstmuseum
Curators: Bernhard Mendes Bürgi, Hartwig Fischer

11 June 2006 - 12 November 2006 | Museum für Gegenwartskunst
Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation
Curator: Philipp Kaiser

11 June 2006 - 24 September 2006 | Museum für Gegenwartskunst
Daniel Richter
Curator: Philipp Kaiser

01 April 2006 - 02 July 2006 | Kunstmuseum
Hans Holbein the Younger
Curator: Christian Müller

More about past exhibition:


Forthcoming exhibitions

More about future exhibitions: http://www.kunstmuseumbasel.ch/en/exhibitions1/future-exhibitions.html

02 June 2007 - 09 September 2007 | Kunstmuseum
Jasper Johns
Curator: Bernhard Mendes Bürgi

02 June 2007 - 31 December 2007 | Kunstmuseum
New Exhibition Spaces

14 July 2007 - 07 October 2007 | Kunstmuseum
Newman, Stella, Judd
Curators: Christian Müller & Anita Haldemann

18 August 2007 - 11 November 2007 | Kunstmuseum
Circle and Cosmos
Curator: Stephan Kemperdick

20 October 2007 - 24 February 2008 | Kunstmuseum
Andreas Gursky
Curators: Bernhard Mendes Bürgi & Nina Zimmer

20 October 2007 - 03 February 2008 | Kunstmuseum
Otto Meyer-Amden - Oskar Schlemmer
Curator: Anita Haldemann


Adults, over 18 years 12.00 CHF
Students, under 25 years 5.00 CHF
Persons 13 to 17 years 5.00 CHF
Children, under 12 years free
(excluded special exhibitions)

Opening hours

Tue, Thur - Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
closed on Monday

Public Holidays (closed)
January 1 (New Year)
February 26, 27, 28 (Carnival),
April 6 (Good Friday),
December 24 and 25

Getting there


St. Alban-Graben 16
CH-4010 Basel
Phone 061 206 62 62

Museum für Gegenwartskunst

St. Alban-Rheinweg 60
CH-4010 Basel
Phone 061 206 62 62


Visit our well-stocked bookshop (in german):


For your relaxation and refreshment:

coumou, caffèbar bistro lounge
St. Alban-Graben 14
CH-4010 Basel
Phone +41 (0)61 273 10 00

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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News and events

Numerous events take place at our museums (in german):



You are invited to take the exciting virtual tour through the centuries (in german):



Program for schools (in german):



Special leisure activities for children (in german):