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“Excellent collection, but I am very disappointed by the new additional building”

Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum)
Ranked #5 of 161 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 29 October 2017

To get your ticket is already rather hard: you have to wait in line outside (!) with one counter open (on a Sunday!) in cold an rainy weather. Not very friendly. We visited the excellent Chagall special exhibition, highly recommendable if it were not for the new building "Brutal Architecture", dehumanized is my word for it. The entrance without windows, a "box" without daylight, I felt like in a slaughter house. The toilets are very hard to get to, people with disabilities obviously not welcome. As recommendable the old part of this famous museum is for any art lover, the new "Klotz" is definitely not.

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Reviewed 14 October 2017

This is an amazing exhibition of works of art by Chagall. It is being shown in the new part of the museum. The high, wide walls give the paintings and drawings the perfect background and space. They also show an informative film and have made the room look like a comfortable living-room in which one can sit on a sofa or chairs. Also historic photos are on display, The exhibition is on the second floor and it certainly keeps you fit climbing all those stairs! There is of course also a lift, but it is not very big at all. The ticket also covers the entrance fee for the rest of the museum.

Thank Ursula P
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

Even on a rainy Sunday, this art museum doesn't get crowded. Located over 4 (themed) floors and connecting to the modern art museum via an underground passageway (more like room), there is enough space to disperse the public and leave you with plenty of space and air to see the pictures in their glory. Good seating throughout too. Well done Basel!

Thank acrowe2015
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

You might not expect much from a small-city art museum, but this one has had some serious funding, and has made good purchases.

The coverage runs from the Middle Ages to the present, but is heaviest on Impressionists up to Expressionists. Monet, Picasso, van Gogh, Kandinsky, Miro, Jawlensky, and many others are well-represented. Overall, this collection is considerably superior to New York's Guggenheim (which for the average layman has similar focus), and not that far from the MOMA.

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Reviewed 30 September 2017

We love museums and have a museumspass, so the Kunstmuseum is free for us and we're frequent visitors. It's always worth visiting and seeing the current exhibit.

Wear your walking shoes, though. It's huge.

Thank EvilHRLady
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