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“Superb for art lovers”

Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum)
Ranked #4 of 153 things to do in Basel
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Owner description: The Kunstmuseum Basel is home to one of the largest and oldest public museum collections in Europe. In its unique history, it has assembled works from the early fifteenth century to the present. The Kunstmuseum Basel houses the Galerie (Gallery) and the Kupferstichkabinett (Department of Prints and Drawings). The main focus is on paintings and drawings by artists active in the Upper Rhine region between 1400 and 1600 and of the 19th and 21st century. The Kunstmuseum Basel possesses the world`s largest collection of works by the Holbein family. Further examples of Renaissance art include major pieces by masters such as Konrad Witz, Martin Schongauer, Lucas Cranach the Elder and Matthias Grünewald. Most of these early treasures originally belonged to the collection of a Basel lawyer, Basilius Amerbach. Purchased by the city in 1661, they formed the core of the world`s first public municipal museum. Paintings by Basel-born Arnold Böcklin feature among the 19th-century highlights. In the field of 20th-century art, the accent is on Cubism (Picasso, Braque, Léger), German Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism and American art since 1950. Contemporary art is exhibited at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Museum of Contemporary Art).
near London, UK
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“Superb for art lovers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

Elegant building, wonderfully and sympathetically laid out to show off the art, and a simply outstanding collection art spanning 15th century to modern day. If you are fan of impressionist, post impressionist, cubist, and most other art of 20th century art, in particular, this is a gem. The audio guide is worth the modest cost, too.

Visited October 2012
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“un expecter delight”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

I saw so many classic's I through I was back in art history class! Van gogh's self portraid to michael angelo's ceaser wow

Visited October 2012
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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“Lovely Renior Exhibit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

I attended the Renior exhibit in July and it was very well done. The guided audio presentation was available in several languages and there was even a presentation for children. I actually listened to both the adult and child audios which were awesome. Sometimes, the children's audios gave information or a perspective not presented in the adult audio. I learned a great deal of personal information about Renior. His personal history definitely influenced the subjects about which he painted and this gave me a new appreciation for his works.

Visited July 2012
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Maidenhead, England
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“Lovely collection, well presented, great building”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

Ok so we focused on the 19th and 20th century stuff, and there were some real gems. Spacious galleries and for once an inexpensive (2CF) and very good audio guide. Cafe is usual Basel standard - good but not cheap. Very much worth the 15CF that it cost. Great to see a city constantly investing in public art.

Visited October 2012
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“Much more than expected”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2012

The Kunstmuseum Basel is a much more comprehensive collection than we had anticipated. It was apparently founded in 1661 by a donation of quite a lot of paintings by the Holbein family, and has gone on from there. Both French and German Impressionist/Expressionist paintings are well represented,and the collections here are broad, Allow several hours (it took us over four).

Visited October 2012
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