On the second floor of our Hauptbau you will find numerous Classical Modernism / 20th century paintings and sculptures.
The first floor of our Hauptbau houses the Old Masters. But many masterpieces from the 17th through to 19th century can be discovered here, too.
In Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart we present young, contemporary positions works from 1960 onwards, as well as a large complex of works by Joseph Beuys.
A large body of works by Swiss Symbolist Arnold Böcklin can be found in the first floor of the main building. We dedicated a room exclusively to the Swiss artist.
Videos, photographs and installations by contemporary artists from our collection and the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation are on view at Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart.
Our massive “Damascus Gate” by Frank Stella is an eye-catcher in our spacious foyer on the basement floor of the Neubau.

Discover our collection!

Highlights of the Collection


In the foreground: our Hauptbau with the striking arcades. Here, you will find two ticket desks, left of the entrance. In the background: our Neubau with its brick facade sporting an integrated LED frieze.
The Kunstmuseum is centrally located downtown, which means you can enjoy the bustling Basel city life or relax on the tranquil banks of the river Rhine after visiting the museum.
The Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart is only about five minutes by foot from our main and new buildings. It’s well worth the trip: Here, you’ll find works made after 1960 from our collection, as well as exciting exhibitions by contemporary artists.
A visit to Kunstmuseum Basel is a treat for all ages! Sharing the experience of art with the next generation is fun and provides unforgettable memories.
We usually only show works on paper in the exhibition rooms of our Kupferstichkabinett (Department of Prints and Drawings) in the main building. But in this special case, the Belgian artist Catharina van Eetvelde also addresses mediated space with drawn lines.
Once a year the art museum hosts a celebration especially for families: On our family day, thousands of young people come to enjoy an extensive program of workshops, events and much more.
The Kunstmuseum Basel library doubles up as that of the Department of Art History of Basel University. It is open to all those interested in art and provides a broad range of media.
Our large book shop can be found in the Hauptbau, opposite the staircase leading to the Neubau. It provides a wide spectrum of goodies: from opulently illustrated books to film documentaries to elegant design objects for any budget.


  • Mon14Oct 2019

    Vorlesung zur Fotografie

    «The Family of man: Archives, Aesthetics, Exhibition» . Von Shamoon Zamir (Abu Dhabi)

  • Wed16Oct 2019
    18.15–19.30 Neubau

    Das Museum, das ich mir erträume oder der Ort des Werkes und des Menschen

    Mit Emanuel Christ (Architekt/ Christ & Gantenbein, Basel); Adam Jasper (Architekturtheoretiker, gta/ ETH Zürich, UdK Berlin); Renée Levi (Künstlerin, Basel); Christoph Gantenbein (Architekt/ Christ & Gantenbein, Basel); Moderation: Daniel Kurjaković (Kurator Programme). Kostenlos

  • Thu17Oct 2019
    17.00–17.45 Hauptbau

    After Work Drawing – Zeichnen in der Sammlung

    Mit Mariano Gaich, Kunstvermittler. Vorkenntnisse sind keine nötig. Für Interessierte ab 16 Jahren, kostenlos