In celebration of the Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart’s fortieth anniversary, a series of presentations over the course of the year will showcase large-format works and ensembles from the collection of the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation. The focus is on works of media art that have rarely—in some instances, never—been on public view because they require unusual arrangements, including film and media installations by Anri Sala, Tacita Dean, Thomas Demand, and David Claerbout.
The “Museum für Gegenwartskunst” (Museum of Contemporary Art) on St. Alban-Tal was founded under the aegis of the Kunstmuseum and opened its doors to the people of Basel in February 1980. Its creation—which was made possible by a generous donation from Maja Sacher-Stehlin, who established the Emanuel Hoffman Foundation, her family, and the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation—marked a watershed for the European museum scene: Basel was home to the first museum explicitly dedicated to contemporary art and the debates it sparked.
On the anniversary of this widely hailed achievement, the exhibition will spotlight some of the outstanding treasures with which the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation has enriched the Kunstmuseum Basel’s programming and the city’s cultural life. The museum’s visitors can look forward to encounters with first-rate art and many a surprising discovery.