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“Incredible collection of Fine Art”

Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum)
Ranked #3 of 157 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).
Reviewed November 30, 2012

Probably it is the biggest museum of Basel with a precious collection of the artistic staff.
You can reach here on foot from the main station or take tram number 12 to reach here.
The museum has 3 floors with lots of hall. When I was there, a piano concert was held, that was fantastic!
Do not miss third floor you can find modern art in it.

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Reviewed November 19, 2012

We had only a couple of hours to tour the Kunstmuseum, but we saw a very impressive art collection covering every period from the medieval to the modern. The collection was surprisingly comprehensive. I'd like to go back when I have more time. This is certainly a very worthwhile way to spend at least half a day in Basel.

Thank philFromOttawa
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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.

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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

Thank maryetta
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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.

Thank Lori_T22
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