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Exhibition
Exhibition

Kunstmuseum Basel

Shadows. Image and Imagination

Today: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Permanent exhibition

The exhibition «Shadow. Image and Imagination» follows shadow depictions on paper from the Renaissance to the present. It thus enters the field of tension between depiction and staging, which has been current throughout the ages.


Andy Warhol: Self-Portrait (1966), © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
Museum
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

Art Basel 2021

20 September 2021: 10.00 AM - 8.00 PM

21 September 2021: 10.00 AM - 8.00 PM

22 September 2021: 10.00 AM - 8.00 PM

23 September 2021: 11.00 AM - 8.00 PM

24 September 2021: 10.00 AM - 8.00 PM

25 September 2021: 10.00 AM - 8.00 PM

26 September 2021: 10.00 AM - 8.00 PM


Christmas/New Year 2021/2022

24 December 2021: Closed


Institution

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.

Admission

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

Access

tram 1/2/15 > Kunstmuseum

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The exhibition «Shadow. Image and Imagination» follows shadow depictions on paper from the Renaissance to the present. It thus enters the field of tension between depiction and staging, which has been current throughout the ages.
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Jeden 4. Donnerstag im Monat
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