The city of Basel has more than 40 museums…a true indicator of its relevance as a culture hub! HOT introduces you to some Basel museums you must not miss…
If you have been to the city of Basel you would have clearly noticed that museums play a very important role in the life of the locals as well as tourists. The city has a high density of museums that draw up to one and a half million visitors annually!
You cannot visit all…so HOT has a curated list ready for you!
Ausstellungsstueck Kunstmuseum…for art old and new
If you love art this is the place to be…The Kunstmuseum Basel is one of the most renowned institutions of its kind not only in Basel, but also in Europe and beyond. Its world-famous collection, the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, now encompasses around 4000 paintings, sculptures, installations, and videos as well as 300000 drawings and prints from seven centuries. Its historic nucleus is the Amerbach Cabinet, the art collection built by Basilius Amerbach, a prominent citizen of Basel. It was purchased by the city and the university in 1661 and displayed to the public starting in 1671, arguably making it the world’s oldest municipal art collection.
Now, it boasts of a new building as well as the reopening of the refurbished main building in mid-April 2016. In total, there are three venues for the presentation of its treasures!
Basler Papiermühle…for the love of paper!
The Basel Paper Mill, also known as the Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing in Basel, is as the name suggests…dedicated to papermaking, the art of book printing and writing in general. As you take a tour be prepared for a nice combination of pictures and objects….all of this to give you an insight into the old artisanal techniques of dipping paper, printing and bookbinding!
You’ll be happy to know that it is also hosted in an old paper mill itself…which lends a special feel to it no doubt!
Museum für Gegenwartskunst…for contemporary art
If you are a fan of contemporary art, you must head here. It opened in 1980 as the first public museum in Europe that exclusively dedicated to the production and practice of contemporary art right from the 1960s. So, while paintings and sculptures do occupy a place of prominence, you will also see video art. In short, the essence of contemporary art is distilled here.
Museum der Kulturen…where cultures meet
What’s great about Basel museums is that you get a glimpse not only into European culture, but also a peek into the wondrous treasures from all around the world as well! The Museum of Cultures in Basel is a Swiss museum of ethnography with large and important collections of artefacts, especially from Europe, the South Pacific, Mesoamerica, Tibet, and Bali. It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance.
The Basel museums offer a window into the rich cultural heritage…both of the past, present and future, that the city preserves!