Due to renovations, the Kunstmuseum Basel remains closed until mid-April 2016. During this time, core pieces of the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, the city’s public art collection, are displayed at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst and the Museum der Kulturen Basel—and at the two most important Spanish art museums: The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina presents a survey of the modern and contemporary art in the Basel collection, while the famous Basel Picassos are shown in the heart of the Museo Nacional del Prado.
The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía presents an extensive selection of more than a hundred works from the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, including paintings, collages, sculptures, photographs and videos. This selection ranges in date from the late nineteenth century to the present and unfold a comprehensive panorama that explains the transition from classic modernism to contemporary art, featuring examples of Expressionism, abstract art, Constructivism, Minimalism, and more. The Madrid show focuses on works by Fernand Léger, Alberto Giacometti, Paul Klee, Barnett Newman, Donald Judd, and Pierre Huyghe.