Antoni Clavé / James Coignard. Focus Im Obersteg Collection
from 05 September 2018
from 05 September 2018
Catalan native Antoni Clavé was considered one of the most important Spanish artists of the 20th century during the postwar era. Residing in France after 1939, his art was built on artisanal craftsmanship and a notable delight in experimentation with the application and combination of various techniques – including painting, drawing, collage and print graphics. During the 1950s his creations, which veered ever more towards the non-figurative, were highly esteemed in France. It was also during this time that Karl Im Obersteg developed a late love of the Spaniard’s painting, which was strongly defined by color.
In the Im Obersteg Collection Clavé is afforded astonishingly prominent representation, with seven paintings, a delicate sculpture made of lead, and seven small-format works on paper.
James Coignard (1925-2008) was a great admirer of artists Matisse, Braque and Chagall and first of all dedicated himself to color. The Im Obersteg collection owns six paintings of this artist. Four of them are later works which show a new interest in different materials and are close to Art Informel.
St. Alban-Graben 16, 4010 Basel
10 April 2020: Closed
11 April 2020: Closed
12 April 2020: Closed
13 April 2020: Closed
01 May 2020: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM
21 May 2020: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM
31 May 2020: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM
01 June 2020: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM
15 June 2020: 10.00 AM - 8.00 PM
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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
01 August 2020: 10.00 AM - 8.00 PM
02 April 2020: Closed
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.
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from 05 September 2018
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