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Kunstmuseum Basel

Helmut Federle. 19 E. 21st St., Six Large Paintings

Today: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

25 May 2019 - 15 September 2019

Since then, numerous museums and private collections, including the Tate Modern, London, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, have acquired works by Federle; in 1997, he represented Switzerland at the Venice Biennale. Yet discussions of his art have tended to eschew the issues at stake in the Basel controversy. Three and a half decades later, the exhibition Helmut Federle. 19 E. 21 St., 6 Large Paintings revisits the episode, presenting six paintings created between 1980 and 2005 and a number of works on paper from the collection of the Kupferstichkabinett (Department of Prints and Drawings) as well as historic non-European ceramics from the artist’s own collection. This juxtaposition underscores Federle’s conviction that abstraction is much more than the absence of representation: it is a personal continuum that extends across time and transcends boundaries of culture.

Atelier / Studio Helmut Federle, 19 E. 21st St., New York (1980), photo: Hans-Peter Vögtlin, Therwil
Wir sehen die Bögen der Front des Kunstmuseums Basel eine Strasse und im Hintergrund der Neubau des Kunstmuseums

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

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 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 collection and the temporary exhibitions is free every Tue, Wed, Thu and Fri from 5pm and every first Sunday of the month. Free tickets do not include admission to our grand special exhibitions. These exhibitions can be visited for only CHF 16 every first Sunday of the month.

colourkey Free admission

Museums-PASS-Musées Free admission

Swiss Museum Pass Free admission


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