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Kunstmuseum Basel

William Kentridge. A Poem That Is Not Our Own

Today: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

08 June 2019 - 13 October 2019

William Kentridge (b. 1955) has won wide international acclaim as a leading contemporary artist working today. In more than three decades, the South African visual artist, filmmaker, and stage director has built a sizable oeuvre that spans a broad range of media including animated film, prints and drawings, theatre productions, and sculpture.

Designed in close consultation with the artist, the exhibition showcases early graphic art and films from the 1980s and 1990s as well as examples of Kentridge’s more recent output, including the first adaptations for museum presentation of elements from The Head & The Load, which premiered at the Tate Modern, London, in the summer of 2018. A sumptuous production involving film projections, shadow play, and an ensemble of performers, the sprawling procession, which defies conventional genre boundaries, sheds light on a neglected chapter of history: Africa’s role in World War I. Taking up three exhibition floors at the Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart, the presentation balances additional major video installations such as More Sweetly Play the Dance and Shadow Procession with selections from Kentridge’s graphic oeuvre properly speaking.

William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance (2015), © William Kentridge, Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, ©studiohanswilschutEYEFILM
William Kentridge: Blue Rubics (2016), Edition 8, Courtesy William Kentridge

William Kentridge: Right Into Her Arms (2016), ©the artist

William Kentridge: Ubu tells the truth (1997), Film still, ©the artist

William Kentridge: In Praise of Folly (2018), Drawing Lesson No. 50, Film Still, © the artist
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Kunstmuseum Basel

OpenClosed | 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

St. Alban-Graben 16,  4010  Basel

photo: Julian Salinas

Opening Hours

Mo Closed  |  Tu 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  We 10.00 AM - 8.00 PM  |  Th 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Fr 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Sa 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Su 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Carnival 2020

02 March 2020: Closed

03 March 2020: Closed

04 March 2020: Closed

Easter 2020

10 April 2020: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

11 April 2020: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

12 April 2020: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

13 April 2020: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

May Day 2020

01 May 2020: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Ascension Day 2020

21 May 2020: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Whitsun 2020

31 May 2020: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

01 June 2020: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Art Basel 2020

15 June 2020: 10.00 AM - 8.00 PM

16 June 2020: 10.00 AM - 8.00 PM

17 June 2020: 10.00 AM - 8.00 PM

18 June 2020: 11.00 AM - 8.00 PM

19 June 2020: 10.00 AM - 8.00 PM

20 June 2020: 10.00 AM - 8.00 PM

21 June 2020: 10.00 AM - 8.00 PM

Swiss National Holiday 2020

01 August 2020: 10.00 AM - 8.00 PM

Christmas/New Year 2020/2021

23 December 2020: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

24 December 2020: Closed

25 December 2020: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

26 December 2020: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

27 December 2020: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

28 December 2020: Closed

29 December 2020: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

30 December 2020: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

31 December 2020: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

01 January 2021: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

02 January 2021: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

03 January 2021: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM


The Kunstmuseum Basel consists of three buildings: The Hauptbau, which mainly houses the collection up to Classical Modernism, the Neubau, in which the large special exhibitions have their place, and the Gegenwart, the exhibition house for contemporary art.

The Kunstmuseum Basel’s Hauptbau was completed in 1936 based on plans by the architect Rudolf Christ (Basel) and his colleague Paul Bonatz (Stuttgart), two representatives of a conservative modernism. It was originally conceived solely for the presentation of the museum’s collections. The ground floor now showcases the collection of art from Basel; the mezzanine is reserved for the treasures of the Im Obersteg Collection and exhibitions by the Kupferstichkabinett (the Department of Drawings). The collections of medieval and Renaissance art as well as works from the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries can be found on the second floor. The art of classic modernism and European postwar modernism is presented on the third floor. Finally, the Hauptbau also houses the shop and museum bistro (on the ground floor).

In April 2016, the museum inaugurated a third venue across the street from the Hauptbau, to which it is connected by an underground passage: the Neubau by the local architects Christ & Gantenbein. It is designed to accommodate both special exhibitions and presentations of art from the collections. Many elements of the Neubau quote the architectonic idiom of its older sibling across the street. The dialogue between the structures is most readily apparent in the Neubau’s monumental staircase beneath a central circular skylight, the rough scraped plaster in the foyer and stairwell, and the subtle colors of the brick façade. The great special exhibitions are held in the skylighted galleries on the second floor. Treasures from the collection of art after 1950 are presented on the other gallery levels and in the passageway connecting the Neubau to the Hauptbau – with the exception of contemporary art, which is on view at the Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart. A branch of the shop in the Hauptbau is located on the Neubau’s ground floor.


Hauptbau | Neubau | Gegenwart

Collection & Exhibition
CHF 16.- Adults over 20 Years
CHF 8.- Teenagers 13-19 Years, Students 20-30 Years, Disabled Visitors with ID, Groups (over 9 people), Baselcard

Special Exhibitions
CHF 26.- Adults over 20 Years (CHF 32.- for more than one Special Exhibition)
CHF 18.- Groups (over 9 people), Freiw. Museumsverein Basel, Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft Basel
CHF 13.- Students 20-30 Years, Disabled Visitors with ID, Baselcard
CHF 8.- Teenagers 13-19 Years

Admission to the Kunstmuseum Basel's collections (Gegenwart, Neubau, Hauptbau) is free Tue-Fri from 17 h.

Free sunday
On the first sunday of the month free entrance in collection and exhibitions. Does not apply for special exhibitions.

Tuesday = Museum day
Every Tuesday you can visit all our exhibitions for only CHF 16 (instead of CHF 32 / CHF 26).

colourkey Free admission

Museums-PASS-Musées Free admission

Swiss Museum Pass Free admission


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22 February 2020 - 24 May 2020

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Tomorrow 21 February 2020 | 6.00 PM - 8.00 PM


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In Zusammenarbeit mit den Freunden des Kunstmuseums Basel
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