Kunsthalle Basel

Kunsthalle Basel: Hours, Address, Kunsthalle Basel Reviews: 4/5

Kunsthalle Basel
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Dynamic, experimental, rigorous, open-minded, and accessible, Kunsthalle Basel is a place for audacious art and exhibitions by emerging artists. Established in 1872 by the Basler Kunstverein (Basel Art Association), Kunsthalle Basel is world renowned for engaging with pioneering practices in contemporary art. With its majestic, skylighted spaces, the Kunsthalle is a truly exceptional place to see art. It organizes about eight exhibitions per year, featuring international and Swiss artists. The shows often take innovative forms and involve newly commissioned works. Throughout the year the Kunsthalle also presents dynamic public programming-artists' talks, lectures, film screenings, and readings-to contextualize the featured artists' practices. Kunsthalle Basel looks back with pride on a long history of exhibitions that nurtured the development of art and supported, early in their careers, emerging artists who would go on to become part of art history. In the early twentieth century it hosted major solo shows by Edvard Munch, Paul Gauguin, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Vincent van Gogh, and Piet Mondrian. In subsequent decades it featured Jackson Pollock, Alighiero Boetti, Joan Jonas, Jeff Koons, and Richard Serra. And more recently we have been proud to present solo shows by Moyra Davey, Mark Leckey, Superflex, Piotr Uklanski, Danh Vo, and Anicka Yi, to name only a few.
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Vorstädte
How to get there
  • Basel SBB Station • 10 min walk

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48 reviews
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Diego D
Guayaquil, Ecuador3 contributions
Confusing entrance signs and badly trained staff
Aug 2021
This art hall is quite small and at the entrance, there is a sign that says "Architekturmuseum". I entered with a group and we got 4 tickets. It turned out the architecture museum was in a little door that is closed and says "S AM". We realized this after some time searching around the hall. In what I'm sure was less than 5 minutes, I came back and asked them if I could get reimbursed, since we wanted to look at the architecture museum, but I was told by the person at the reception that as far as he knows it's not possible when you pay by card. He didn't seem to want to help much, and he got defensive. I asked to talk to the person in charge of the reception, to which he said I could wait but he referred to the person as "unpleasant". I finally got to talk to the person in charge and she told me that I can only be reimbursed within the first 5 minutes after payment if I pay by card and she was mostly polite except that at the end she told me I was making too much out of it and I should be happy about "making an investment in art". By the way, I wouldn't describe the person in charge as unpleasant, but I didn't appreciate the "thanking" me for an involuntary investment. Overall, I think this place needs to take some action to prevent confusions, to better train their reception staff and they should also check their working environment.
Written August 22, 2021
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Doron R
Tel Aviv, Israel128 contributions
Never Again
Jun 2019 • Couples
We were here few days ago during Art Basel. 3 couples. Booked much in advance. The place triple itself during that period and accommodate hundreds instead of couple dozens. We reserved a table inside. We appreciate the bussy time during the fair, but that is not an excuse from a top restaurant to provide me a meal I didn't not order. I asked for the beef fillet and received the sliced antrecot while the waiter insisted it was the fillet. My wife never got the shrimps she ordered. By 11 PM , 10 minutes after the other 5 finished their main dishes, we had to cancel her' s. No apologies were received. There goes the swiss precision.
Terrible evening. Quite traumatic. Never again.
Written June 13, 2019
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Dear Doron608, your review obviously relates to "Restaurant Kunsthalle," but not our institution for contemporary art. Therefore I would appreciate if you could delete your review or post on the right page. Thank you.
Written March 25, 2021
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RMM123
London, UK294 contributions
A visit here makes you feel special
Mar 2019 • Friends
I was treated to lunch here and what an experience. Aperitif was Bollinger followed by the smoothest red wine I have ever tasted to go with my fillet steak that was cooked to perfection in a butter sauce with perfect chips. The sweet trolley was full of some unusual desserts and a light mousse finished off my meal.
A thoughtful aside was the maitre d’ cutting up my friend’s food as she was recovering from an operation and was unable to use her knife and fork correctly. Full marks for accepting us even though we were casually dressed due to her large sling and shoulder support. Thank you.
Written March 8, 2019
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Navigate825175
2 contributions
Always the right choice when it comes to Art
Oct 2018 • Solo
Kunsthalle Basel is situated in a neoclassical building housing meticulously planed contemporary exhibitions, that welcome Art lovers and curious visitors to experience shows where one can feel the passion of exhibition making – as one can experience in major museums around the globe.

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Written October 17, 2018
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Jean Pierre B
Guadalajara Metropolitan Area, Mexico233 contributions
indispensable visit for temporary exhibits and collections
Apr 2018 • Solo
After modernization, the spaces avaliable at kunsthalle is enormous and you could discover at a time, the collection of the museum and also temporary presentation which are always very interesting. one restriction, you will need to be in good conditions to go up and down the several part of the kunsthalle. thats wy i recomand you to pay several visits to the museum in order to see part of it.
Written July 28, 2018
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Pat1970512
Teufen, Switzerland248 contributions
Great meal, great atmosphere
May 2018 • Friends
The food, service, atmosphere that is what counts in the overall rating.
It was excellent and the menue is Internation kitchen with a touch of exquisite swissness.
That is what people like. Will come again.
Written May 26, 2018
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leahcs1
Bristol, UK126 contributions
Great exhibition space
May 2018 • Couples
Check which exhibitions are on before visiting. There was only one gallery open when we visited, it presented a very interesting exhibition on rural architecture in India but we were expecting more given the reputation this gallery seems to have with arts tourism.

A short walk from Kunstmuseum, the train station and city centre, next to the theatre and great cafes, bars, restaurants. The restaurant in the basement of this building is absolutely stunning!
Written May 7, 2018
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KF0x
Basel, Switzerland160 contributions
Depends on who is presenting
Jan 2018 • Family
We visited the Kunsthalle recently as part of the yearly Museum Night (all museums open until 2am). The Kunsthalle exhibit was not at all my taste, with work that was principally very basic paintings from with little form. I guess that was the theme - there were a few outstanding pieces which demonstrated amazing talent. I have been here before though with interesting exhibits of young artists - so it is a hit or miss.
Written January 22, 2018
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LukeBT
Chichester, UK3 contributions
Empty rooms
Sep 2017
The most expensive museum we went to in Basel, surprising lack of things to see. Most rooms where empty, and the things in the baron rooms weren't worth paying to see. Since visiting I have however been inspired to create my own art, you can find this by typing "white walls" into google image search.
Written September 10, 2017
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Thomas K
Monte-Carlo, Monaco1,034 contributions
Art for all ages and interests
Jun 2017
Die Kunsthalle is a very good museum and a must to see when in Basel especially during Art Basel Week. Their restaurant is a highlight of the Artworld circuit.
Written July 28, 2017
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  • Tue - Wed 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
  • Fri - Fri 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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