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Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum)

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Address: St. Alban-Graben 16, Basel 4051, Switzerland
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The Kunstmuseum Basel is home to one of the largest and oldest public...

The Kunstmuseum Basel is home to one of the largest and oldest public museum collections in Europe. In its unique history, it has assembled works from the early fifteenth century to the present. The Kunstmuseum Basel houses the Galerie (Gallery) and the Kupferstichkabinett (Department of Prints and Drawings). The main focus is on paintings and drawings by artists active in the Upper Rhine region between 1400 and 1600 and of the 19th and 21st century. The Kunstmuseum Basel possesses the world`s largest collection of works by the Holbein family. Further examples of Renaissance art include major pieces by masters such as Konrad Witz, Martin Schongauer, Lucas Cranach the Elder and Matthias Grünewald. Most of these early treasures originally belonged to the collection of a Basel lawyer, Basilius Amerbach. Purchased by the city in 1661, they formed the core of the world`s first public municipal museum. Paintings by Basel-born Arnold Böcklin feature among the 19th-century highlights. In the field of 20th-century art, the accent is on Cubism (Picasso, Braque, Léger), German Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism and American art since 1950. Contemporary art is exhibited at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Museum of Contemporary Art).

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Do not go to Basel without a visiting Kunstmuseum

We took around 2 hours to look around and we still didn’t see all of the collections on display, what we did see was a superb collection of modern and abstract work that is... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took around 2 hours to look around and we still didn’t see all of the collections on display, what we did see was a superb collection of modern and abstract work that is beautifully curated. Both parts of the museum are equally as good with the new building being accessed via the main entrance; it is well laid out... More 

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Ghent, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum houses a large art collection, with the highlights the medieval period and the late 19th-early 20th century. For the medieval section they have a very nice collection of Lucas Cranach the Elder and Hans Holbein, but also the Netherlandish medieval art is well represented. The modern art is represented by Gauguin, Picasso, Rousseau and Dali. The museum can... More 

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Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

The Kunstmuseum recently openend its new wing, which doubles the exhibition space. Thus far this has been used for temporary contemnporary exhibitions, for which the larger and higher exhibition rooms are appropriate. I still prefer the more intimate older rooms in the original Art Deco wing, and the more traditional paintings and sculptures there, but then I am old as... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Some stunning paintings, furniture and precious objects spanning 250 years. The rooms are not clearly marked which makes it quite difficult to follow the plan and labelling is only in German.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

A diverse Museum representing many styles and periods, we spent about 2 hours on a cold day after visiting the Christmas market at Munsterplatz. Some very nice pieces, but sometimes only one or two from some of the old Masters.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

One of the most enjoyable aspects of visiting an art gallery out of season is the lack of crowds. There were approximately 20 visitors in total while we were there one morning. We took advantage of a free locker and went off to wander and wonder. The staff downstairs were rude - assumed the ' british' ( we are not)... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Is the day you go here, sunny or not. Very nice collection. No doubt. But it's not just about that. The building itself

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

This Museum in the centre of Basel is excellent both for its collections and the stunning modern architecture of its new wing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

As part of the museums night (one entry fee to acces one night almost all museums of Basel) I visited lately this Museum. It must be the third or forth time I came here. Everytime I am surprised how big it is. You can spend a good couple of hours wandering from one painting to the next. Depending on what... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

historicly speaking we should never forget that Basel is among the first city who have one of the oldest collection started in 1661. The new extension by the architects Christ & Gantenbein inaugurated in 2016 permit to see more of the fantastic collection. You could find master pieces from any of the world famous artists and most of the painting... More 

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