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Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart


St. Alban-Rheinweg  60,  4052  Basel

Photo: Julian Salinas

Opening Hours

Mo Closed  |  Tu 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  We 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Th 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Fr 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Sa 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Su 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Due to the installation of the exhibition "Isa Genzken. Works from 1973 to 1983" the Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart remains closed until September 4th.

May Day 2021

01 May 2021: Closed

Ascension Day 2021

13 May 2021: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Whitsun 2021

23 May 2021: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

24 May 2021: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Swiss National Holiday 2021

01 August 2021: Closed

Christmas/New Year 2021/2022

24 December 2021: Closed

26 December 2021: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

27 December 2021: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

28 December 2021: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

29 December 2021: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

30 December 2021: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

31 December 2021: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM


The first enlargement came in 1980 with the inauguration of the «Museum für Gegenwartskunst» on St. Alban-Rheinweg. Now known as Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart, it was one of the first museums dedicated to contemporary art in the world. It was created in a joint effort by the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, the Christoph Merian Foundation, and the Canton of Basel-Stadt. Construction was made possible by a generous donation from Maja Sacher-Stehlin, who established the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, as well as her family and the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation. The Christoph Merian Foundation provided the building, erected on land owned by the Canton of Basel-Stadt.

The Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart presents works of contemporary art from the holdings of the Kunstmuseum Basel and the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation as well as special exhibitions. Since 2003, the works of the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation not currently on display are held at the Schaulager. In addition to changing presentations of treasures from the collections, which are designed to enter into a dialogue with the temporary shows, the museum regularly hosts lectures and panel discussions on issues in contemporary art as well as discussions of selected works and guided tours. Tickets are available in the entrance hall.

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.


Gegenwart | Neubau | Hauptbau

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 (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 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


Kunstmuseum Basel

Dorian Sari. Post-Truth

Permanent exhibition

With his video installations and sculptural works Dorian Sari wants to encourage visitors to question and debate current social and political issues. As part of the exhibition, Sari will invite the author Carolin Emcke to a public discussion. Emcke regularly speaks and ...
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Kunstmuseum Basel

Continuously Contemporary. New Works from the Emanuel Hoffmann

23 January 2021 - 09 May 2021

In celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the Kunstmuseum Basel ǀ Gegenwart, the museum presents a selection of new large-format works and ensembles from the collection of the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation. In the second part, groups of works by artists* such as Klara ...
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