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Kunsthalle Basel

Kaari Upson

Today: Closed

30 August 2019 - 10 November 2019

For her first institutional solo exhibition in Europe, Kaari Upson (*1972) presents a new body of wood and latex sculptures that continue her ongoing exploration of both the figure of the mother and the uncanny double. The US-American artist casts, cuts down, or replicates natural and architectural elements that she grew up with, fusing home and mother, body and object, desire and trauma. The gripping result interrogates family, consumer culture, and “Americanness,” all while literally eviscerating parts of her childhood environment to do so.

Kaari Upson: installation view, «Go Back the Way You Came», Kunsthalle Basel, 2019, view on «Mother’s Legs» (2018–2019), photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel
Kaari Upson: installation view, «Go Back the Way You Came», Kunsthalle Basel, 2019, view on «O. Snag» (2018–2019), photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel
Kaari Upson: installation view, «Go Back the Way You Came», Kunsthalle Basel, 2019, f.l.t.r. view on «Strump» (2017–2019), «Center» (2017–2019), «Police» (2019), photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Kunsthalle Basel

Opening Hours

Mo Closed  |  Tu 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  We 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Th 11.00 AM - 8.30 PM  |  Fr 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Sa 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM  |  Su 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

From 12 May 2020 onwards, we look forward to welcoming you again!

Whitsun 2020

01 June 2020: Closed


Kunsthalle Basel is dedicated to exhibiting, discussing, and reflecting on the art of the present, and it has been so ever since its founding in 1872. It is renowned for its audacious and varied program as well as for its engagement with artists, often before they are widely known. Curious visitors of all ages are welcome to its spectacular display spaces for thought-provoking exhibitions and events.

The library of the Basler Kunstverein is free and open to the public. It houses an impressive selection of 30,000 books and catalogues on topics related to contemporary art and subscribes to 35 different magazines of art and culture.

Access via Klostergasse 5, CH – 4051 Basel
T +41 61 206 99 06

Opening hours library: Tue/Thurs 9.00 AM - 12.30 PM and 1.30 - 5.00 PM
(outside opening hours by appointment)


CHF 12.–/8.– incl. S AM Swiss Architecture Museum

Children up to 18 years of age, People with disabilities and their escorts, Immigrants (with identification card N, F), Members of Basler Kunstverein, Friends of Kunsthalle Basel, Media, ICOM / VMS, Schools BS+BL, Teachers of Fine Arts BS and BL, Kunsthistorisches Seminar BS, Basel School of Design (SfG), FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Colour Key, COMEX Comission Exécutive Musées, Freiwilliger Museumsverein Basel (FMB), Museum staff Basel Free admission

Museums-PASS-Musées Free admission

colourkey Free admission


tram 1/2/3/8/10/11/14/15 > Bankverein,
tram 6/10/1/16/17 > Theater

Kunsthalle Basel does not provide parking facilities. If you are driving, we recommend one of the following car parks: Anfos-Haus (Henric Petri-Strasse 58), Elisabethen (Steinenschanze 5), Steinenparking (bei der Heuwaage)


All exhibition galleries of Kunsthalle Basel are fully wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair users only require staff assistance when accessing the building from Steinenberg 7. Our staff will be pleased to help you (phone +41 61 206 99 01)

Kunsthalle Basel

An exhibition by Nick Mauss: «Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc.»

07 February 2020 - 20 September 2020

Artist Nick Mauss (* 1980) has repeatedly turned exhibition-making—the assembly of precisely staged relations—into an art form. He especially conceives the scenography for this show, which brings together and reframes works by contemporary and historical figures, emphasizing ...
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Kunsthalle Basel

Deana Lawson: «Centropy»

09 June 2020 - 11 October 2020

Creating meticulously staged yet profoundly intimate images of the sartorial styles, quotidian habits, and domestic interiors of the African diaspora in her native US or in Brazil and beyond, Deana Lawson’s (*1979) photographs are unforgettable portraits of contemporary Black life.
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