Basel can be described as a city of modern and contemporary art , as it is home to Europe’s largest concentration of museums. With over 40museums in area of just 37 km2 area, is a must-see destination for any trip to Switzerland. In June on of the major world art events takes place here Art Basel with approximately 300 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa show the work of more than 4,000 artists.
The city of Rhine is an open-air museum on the weekend and enjoy the exceptional exhibitions at its four world-famous museums.
Besides the impressive art collections and special exhibitions, some of the museums are also are designed by internationally highly praised architects, such as Mario Botta, Renzo Piano, Herzog & de Meuron and Frank O. Gehry, jus to name a few.
If you love art, design and architecture Basel is a perfect destination .
The Fondation Beyeler
Founded in 1997, by the famous collection of Ernst and Hildy Beyeler.The collection contains around 200 pictures and sculptures, and documents a completely personal view of 20th-century art by means of a firm understanding of quality.Apart from works by, among others, Cézanne, Picasso, Rousseau, Mondrian, Klee, Ernst, Matisse, Newman, Bacon, Dubuffet, Baselitz, the collection also has a selection of objets d’art from Africa, Alaska and Oceania.
As one of the great European cultural highlights in the year 2015, the Fondation Beyeler presents one of the most famous and fascinating artists in history, Paul Gauguin.
The new building designed by Christ & Gantenbein architects and the renovated main building will be inaugurated in 2016.For the necessary rehabilitation works, the Kunstmuseum Basel’s main building will close its doors for a year beginning in February 2015.
Extensive selections from the holdings of the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel will be on display in the Museum für Gegenwartskunst and in the Museum der Kulturen Basel during this period.
The museum is dedicated to the life and work of the eminent machine sculptor Jean Tinguely. The permanent exhibition displays works by the artist from all his periods.It is a place full of vitality, laughter, amazement and discovery; a place that sets the feelings in motion and where art reaches across to the spectator.
The museum was designed by Mario Botta, the leading architect from Ticino, and overlooks the Rhine. The glass hall creates a sense of space for the renowned artist’s kinetic works of art.
Vitra Design Museum
The Vitra Design Museum ranks among the most important museums of design worldwide.
It is housed in a remarkable building by the California architect Frank Gehry where the museum stages two to three exhibitions each year on historical and current developments in design.
These exhibitions provide visitors with insights into the diversity and significance of design by vividly presenting the inspirations, background information and processes of design while also incorporating related fields such as architecture, art or other cultures.