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Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig

naked! The art of nudity

26 October 2018 - 28 April 2019

With the debates surrounding feminism, gender studies, and, more recently, #MeToo, questions are increasingly being raised about the artistic representation of naked bodies. Yet the nude figure is a universal visual theme, deeply rooted in the history of art.

Although appearing in public without clothes was considered shocking in ancient cultures, naked bodies of men, women and children are ubiquitious in the art of Antiquity - most of all in the art of Ancient Greece, which was obsessed with the human form. For the artists and patrons of those days, the depiction of nudity had various associations, for example with immortality, religious sanctity, or the pristine state of nature; even the ideal of civilised man was celebrated through the imagery of the naked body.

Using selected examples from our own collections, the exhibition Naked! illuminates every facet of the art of nudity in the ancient world, probing its meaning and demonstrating its legacy.

Ruedi Habegger, Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig
Aussenaufnahme Gebäude Antikenmuseum

Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig

Opening Hours

Mo Closed  |  Tu 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM  |  We 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM  |  Th 11.00 AM - 10.00 PM  |  Fr 11.00 AM - 10.00 PM  |  Sa 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM  |  Su 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Swiss National Holiday 2019

01 August 2019: Closed

Christmas / New Year 2019/2020

23 December 2019: Closed

24 December 2019: Closed

25 December 2019: Closed

26 December 2019: Closed

27 December 2019: Closed

28 December 2019: Closed

29 December 2019: Closed

30 December 2019: Closed

31 December 2019: Closed

01 January 2020: Closed

May Day 2020

01 May 2020: Closed


The Basel Museum of Ancient Art is the only Swiss museum devoted exclusively to the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean region. The permanent exhibition contains ancient art mainly from Egyptian, Greek, Italic, Etruscan and Roman cultures. Located in the heart of the city of Basel, the museum is a place where the ancient world is regularly cast in a new light.


CHF 10.00 / reduced 5.00
Special admission fees for temporary exhibitions
Thursday and Friday: Free admission from 5 pm to the special exhibition and selected parts of the permanent collection

colourkey Free admission

Museums-PASS-Musées Free admission

Swiss Museum Pass Free admission


tram 1/2/15 > Kunstmuseum
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Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig

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