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Idylls, trading hub, discrete art metropolis

Each June, the international art world gets together for Art Basel, flocking to the towns numerous museums and exhibition houses as part of the event. Even though the pace during the rest of the year is somewhat more contemplative, the art programs devised by the various institutions are nonetheless exciting. Basels Kunstmuseum houses the largest art history collection in Switzerland, while Modern art is advocated in Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Kunsthalle and Kunsthaus Baselland. Some consider Fondation Beyeler located on the outskirts of the town to be the loveliest museum of all even by international standards.

Basel classics - Kunstmuseum

The largest public art collection in Switzerland: The collection featuring works by Lucas Cranach, Matthias Grünewald, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne can be visited together with popular special exhibitions < more >

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Basel classics - Fondation Beyeler

A Museum amid man-made nature: This collection by Hildy and Ernst Beyerle is held in a building designed by Renzo Piano. Works by Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol are exhibited here together with tribal art from Africa, Oceania and Alaska < more >

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Basel classics - Museum Tinguely

Poetic pieces made of everyday materials and scrap: Jean Tinguely is possibly the most important Swiss artist of the 20th century. In 1996, Mario Botta created this spacious building to house his works. It also has space for special exhibitions with artists, related to Tinguely’s own work < more >

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Basel classics - Schaulager

Exhibitions by well-known contemporary artists: The Schaulager is home to works from the Emanuel Hoffman Foundation. Open during the summer season, it attracts art lovers with its exhibitions by artists such as Matthew Barney, Jeff Wall and Andrea Zittel < more >

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Inside tip Basel - Museum für Gegenwartskunst

Contemporary Art: The institution is part of the Kunstmuseum and housed in the former paper factory and its extension. Various levels provide plenty of space for special exhibitions as well as solo and group exhibitions < more >

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Inside tip Basel - Kunsthalle

Internationally renowned contemporary artists: The institution’s temporary exhibitions, which at times run parallel, are always in touch with the latest trends. Cyprien Gaillard, Micol Assaël and Tomma Abts are among the artists whose works have already been presented here < more >

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Inside tip Basel - Kunsthaus Baselland

International trends and regional art: Kunsthaus Baselland is an art association that presents emerging regional art and internationally renowned pieces in an old commercial building on the town’s outskirts < more >

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Kunstmuseum (1), Fondation Beyeler (2), Museum Tinguely (3), Schaulager (4), Museum für Gegenwartskunst (5), Kunsthalle (6), Kunsthaus Baselland (7)