On the second floor of our main building you will find numerous Classical Modernism / 20th century paintings and sculptures.
The first floor of our main building 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.
Media art plays an important role at Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart. This is a piece by Swiss artist Eric Hattan dating from the years 1995 through to 1997.
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 new build.

Discover our collection!

Highlights of the Collection


In the foreground: our main building with the striking arcades. Here, you will find two ticket desks, left of the entrance. In the background: our new building 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.
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 main building, opposite the staircase leading to the new building. It provides a wide spectrum of goodies: from opulently illustrated books to film documentaries to elegant design objects for any budget.


  • Wed20Jun 2018
    14.00–15.00 Gegenwart

    Theaster Gates

    Führung in der Ausstellung

  • 17.00–18.00 Gegenwart

    Martha Rosler & Hito Steyerl

  • Thu21Jun 2018
    17.00–17.30 Neubau


    Improvisations by musicians of Jazzcampus Basel in the galleries

  • 18.00–19.00 Neubau


    In der Ausstellung «Theaster Gates. Black Madonna» mit den Assistenzkuratorinnen Olga Osadtschy und Eva Falge

  • 18.30

    Maria Lassnig: Die bewegte Linie vom Blatt zum Film

    Abendliche Filmvorführung im Stadtkino Basel: (E)motion pictures. Maria Lassnigs und amerikanische Animationsfilme der 1970er-Jahre

  • Fri22Jun 2018
    18.15 Hauptbau

    Maria Lassing: Die bewegte Linie vom Blatt zum Film

    Gantägiges Symposium mit Abendveranstaltung: Gottfried Boehm und Oswald Wiener im Gespräch

  • Sat23Jun 2018
    14.00–15.00 Neubau

    The Music Of Color

    Führung in der Ausstellung

  • 15.30–16.00 Neubau


    Improvisations by musicians of Jazzcampus Basel in the galleries