About the Museum


Interior View, Kunstmuseum Basel
Interior View, Kunstmuseum Basel
www.juliansalinas.ch, Julian Salinas

Interior View, Kunstmuseum Basel

Exterior View, Kunstmuseum Basel | Neubau
www.juliansalinas.ch, Kunstmuseum Basel. Photo: Julian Salinas

Exterior View, Kunstmuseum Basel | Neubau

Interior View, Kunstmuseum Basel
Kunstmuseum Basel, Foto: Gina Folly

Interior View, Kunstmuseum Basel

Interior View, Kunstmuseum Basel
Kunstmuseum Basel. Photo: Gina Folly

Interior View, Kunstmuseum Basel

Interior View, Kuntsmuseum Basel
Gina Folly, Kunstmuseum Basel. Photo: Gina Folly

Interior View, Kuntsmuseum Basel

Interior View, Kunstmuseum Basel
Stefano Graziani, Stefano Graziani

Interior View, Kunstmuseum Basel

The Kunstmuseum Basel houses the largest and most significant public art collection in Switzerland, and is listed as a heritage site of national significance. Its lineage extends back to the Amerbach Cabinet, a collection of works by Hans Holbein purchased by the city of Basel in 1661, which made it the first municipally owned, and therefore, first public museum in the world. Its collection is distinguished by an impressively wide historic span, from the early 15th century up to the immediate present. Its various areas of emphasis give it international standing as one of the most significant museums of its kind. These encompass: paintings and drawings by artists active in the Upper Rhine region between 1400 and 1600, and on the art of the 19th to 21st centuries.

Collection Highlights


Credit Line_ Kunstmuseum Basel donation Dr. hc Raoul La Roche Photo Credit_ Kunstmuseum Basel, Martin P. Bühler

Pablo Picasso

The Aficionado
Credit Line_ Kunstmuseum Basel donation Dr. hc Raoul La Roche Photo Credit_ Kunstmuseum Basel, Martin P. Bühler-2

Fernand Léger

The Woman in Blue
Credit Line: Kunstmuseum Basel - gift of the artist to the city of Basel; Deposit of the borough of the city of Basel Photo Credit: Kunstmuseum Basel, Martin P. Bühler.jpg

Pablo Picasso

Man, Woman and Child
Max Beckmann; Das Nizza in Frankfurt am Main; 1921

Max Beckmann

The Nizza in Frankfurt am Main
Marc Chagall; Der Jude in Schwarz-Weiss; 1914

Marc Chagall

Jew in Black and White
Kunstmuseum Basel: Collection Highlights
Credit Line_ Kunstmuseum Basel donation Dr. hc Raoul La Roche Photo Credit_ Kunstmuseum Basel, Martin P. Bühler
Kunstmuseum Basel – Schenkung Dr. h.c. Raoul La Roche. Photo: Kunstmuseum Basel, Martin P. Bühler

Pablo Picasso

The Aficionado, 1912
oil on canvas, 134.8 cm x 81.5 cm
Credit Line_ Kunstmuseum Basel donation Dr. hc Raoul La Roche Photo Credit_ Kunstmuseum Basel, Martin P. Bühler-2
Kunstmuseum Basel – Schenkung Dr. h.c. Raoul La Roche. Photo: Kunstmuseum Basel, Martin P. Bühler

Fernand Léger

The Woman in Blue, 1912
oil on canvas, 193.4 cm x 129.2 cm
Credit Line: Kunstmuseum Basel - gift of the artist to the city of Basel; Deposit of the borough of the city of Basel Photo Credit: Kunstmuseum Basel, Martin P. Bühler.jpg
Kunstmuseum Basel – Geschenk des Künstlers an die Stadt Basel; Depositum der Einwohnergemeinde der Stadt Basel. Photo: Kunstmuseum Basel, Martin P. Bühler

Pablo Picasso

Man, Woman and Child, 1906
oil on canvas, 115.7 cm x 88.9 cm
Max Beckmann; Das Nizza in Frankfurt am Main; 1921
Kunstmuseum Basel, Martin P. Bühler

Max Beckmann

The Nizza in Frankfurt am Main , 1921
oil on canvas, 100.1 cm x 65.3 cm
Marc Chagall; Der Jude in Schwarz-Weiss; 1914
Kunstmuseum Basel - Martin P. Bühler

Marc Chagall

Jew in Black and White, 1914
oil on board mounted on canvas, 101 cm x 80 cm
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