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Kunstmuseum, Basel: 5 reviews and 7 photos
The Kunstmuseum (Art Museum) is home of the largest public art collection in Switzerland. With its highlights of medieval pictures of Upper Rhine region and Dutch painters and works of the 19th/20th century it ranks among the most important museums worldwide.
Large parts of the old pictures go back to the 16th century and the collection of Basilius Amerbach, whose father was friend with Hans Holbein and Erasmus of Rotterdam. In 1661 the city of Basel bought his collection of pictures - the so called "Amerbach Kabinett" became the first public museum of Europe. Nowadays the museum's home is an impressive modern building (1932 - 36). In the yard you can see Auguste Rodin's sculpture "The citizens of Calais".
Highlights of the collection are the medieval pictures by Konrad Witz, Hans Baldung Grien, Lucas Cranach T. E., Hans Holbein etc. One of my personal favourites is Arnold Böcklin. The collection of 20th century pictures is another highlight: Picasso, Braque, Gris, Leger, Warhol, Tinguely, Beuys etc.
I was very fortunate to see the Schwitters/Arp exhibit as well for free. This exhibition is devoted to the work, the development and the dialogue of Hans Arp and Kurt Schwitters, two extraordinary geniuses. The 150 collages, reliefs, assemblages, paintings and sculptures on show cover the period from Arp’s early Dada creations to his last works of the 1960s, and from Schwitters’ first collages to sculptures and pictures dating from 1947, shortly before his death. Audio guides were available. In the entrance hall there are seats equipped with recordings of Schwitters and Arp reciting their own poems, musical contributions and a modern recording of Schwitters’ greatest literary work, the Ursonata. An unique exhibit, a must see if you are in the area, closing 22 August 2004
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10 - 17 h
Address: St. Alban Graben 16
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