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“apart from Chagall, there is nothing much”

Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum)
Ranked #5 of 122 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 15 November 2017

Well, the curator need to get more stuff than collection of 15th century porn !
Chagall was organized well.

Thank Anand R
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Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

This museum is fabulous! The architecture is fantastic and the art is amazing! If you’re in Basel, do not miss this! It is spread through three buildings and a wonderful way to spend an entire day! (Or days!)

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Reviewed 1 November 2017

I recommend purchasing the ticket in advance, it's possible to do it online on the museum's website. I visited on a Sunday morning and wasted almost half an hour on the queue.

They're hosting a beautiful Chagall exhibition, and besides his amazing work visitors can also have a very good grasp of the eventful times the artist lived in and how major historical events also shaped his personal life and art.

Other highlights in the museum, in my opinion, were Pollock and Lichtenstein.

The museum shop has a very nice selection of books and DVDs, and very beautiful art souvenirs.

Thank Marina L
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Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

I had always wanted to visit this museum after I read about the new building. It is a great museum to visit with a wonderful collection. But the best thing was the current Chagall exhibit. It was the best and most extensive Chagall retrospective I have ever seen. The number of paintings and associated photos of Chagall’s Home town made it special. Surprising for a town like Basel. Good they have a Jewish Museum there for reference.

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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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