Antoni Clavé / James Coignard. Focus Im Obersteg Collection
from 05 September 2018
Today: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM
25 May 2019 - 22 September 2019
Around 1905, a number of young and as yet obscure artists, among them Max Beckmann, Lovis Corinth, George Grosz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Emil Nolde, set out to write the most important chapter in the history of printmaking in the twentieth century. Flouting traditional rules of craftsmanship, they revolutionized woodcutting, etching, and lithography with works that bristled with enormous expressive energy and raw effects. Print media appealed to these artists because of their creative possibilities and because reproduction and distribution promised access to large audiences.
The exhibition showcases outstanding works of graphic art from the Kupferstichkabinett (Department of Prints and Drawings), with a focus on the years between 1905 and 1920. The stylistic and technical diversity of the selection illustrates that these artists cannot be lumped together under a label such as Expressionism. Their work remains a vital source of inspiration today, as the presentation of animated films, drawings, and prints by William Kentridge currently on view at the Kunstmuseum Basel demonstrates.
St. Alban-Graben 16, 4010 Basel
01 August 2020: 10.00 AM - 8.00 PM
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.
colourkey Free admission
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Swiss Museum Pass Free admission
from 05 September 2018
01 February 2020 - 05 July 2020
22 February 2020 - 21 June 2020