The Kunstmuseum Basel, one of Europe’s most important museums, has upped the ante on its contribution to the world of art. Recently reopened in mid April, the museum introduced its newest building designed by Christ and Gantenbein, while unveiling the refurbished main building. Welcoming close to 20,000 visitors on the first weekend itself, the Kunstmuseum proudly features 10,000 square metres of exhibition space and expects about 300,000 visitors this year.
With three special exhibitions on show now instead of two, visitors will go from the main building to the latest extension via an underground passageway. This new building, an architectural highlight to the cityscape accommodates special exhibitions and presentations from various art collections. Currently, Sculpture on the Move 1946-2016, an exhibit of sculptural art between the end of World War II and the present, is on display until mid September.
Director of Switzerland Tourism Australian and New Zealand, Mark Wettstein, says while Basel is an important cruise hub in Europe thanks to its location on the River Rhine, equally important, it is the art capital of Switzerland and a major art hub in Europe, playing a major role in the ongoing preservation and promotion of art.
“Art lovers, collectors and enthusiasts from around the world visit Basel to learn, appreciate and marvel at new and old collections that we have on display here,” says Mark. “The presentations in Switzerland’s art galleries and museums are all meticulously curated by the best in the art space and Basel really prides itself on this.”
The Kunstmuseum is home to the world’s oldest municipal art collection, with around 4.000 paintings, sculptures, installations and videos as well as 300,000 drawings and prints from seven centuries.