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“From Monet to Picasso”

Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum)
Ranked #5 of 162 things to do in Basel
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Owner description: 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).
Reviewed 12 February 2018

There is a wide range of paintings in this gallery. The museum is free to visit on the first Sunday of every month (make sure to get a ticket from the office before entering even although it is free). There is a locker room in which to place your bags (no coins required) - this is very useful.
And the building itself is stunning.

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Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

I was on a business trip to Basel and had a very tight schedule, however, Kunstmuseum was a walking distance from the hotel . It consists of exhibitions in 3 buildings which became a bit tedious after some time.

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Reviewed 26 January 2018 via mobile

If You like History and You have a few Hours, Then this is the right Place to go. Eventhough for childrens.

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

A superb art museum with so much to see in an excellent setting. Our visit coincided with the Chagall exhibition and museumnacht when Basel museums are open until 2pm. Set aside a few hours to fully appreciate all that there is to see. Would recommend a Basel Card which gives half price entry to all museums and free use of public transport.

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Reviewed 20 January 2018

Not the largest art collection I have seen but what was seen was excellent. Enjoyed our visit to the Chagall exhibition, as well as some of the permanent collections. The museum's cafe was excellent too.

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