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Kunsthalle Basel

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Address: Steinenberg 7, Basel 4051, Switzerland
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+41 61 206 99 00

Dynamic, experimental, rigorous, open-minded, and accessible, Kunsthalle...

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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Art in the middle of Basel

As part of the museums night (pay one entrance fee and access that night almost all museums of Baesl) I went to explore the Kunsthalle. It is probably hard to rate an Art... read more

Reviewed 21 January 2017
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

As part of the museums night (pay one entrance fee and access that night almost all museums of Baesl) I went to explore the Kunsthalle. It is probably hard to rate an Art Place that has constent changing art. So depending on what is on display, how many people are going etc the impression of this place can vary a... More 

Thank sascha411
Canton of Basel, Switzerland
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

When you visit Basel in Switzerland you absolutely have to make a stop at Kunsthalle Basel. This institution shows international upcoming artists in its temporary exhibitions, such artists which afterwards are collected by wellknown museums or collectors. If you are not yet in love with contemporary art your sure will be after a visit at Kunsthalle Basel!

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

As dumb luck would have it, I managed to find the Kunsthalle Museum on social media. Although I wouldn't consider myself a contemporary art aficionado, the artifacts on display did spark my interest. It also sparked a great source of entertainment. It takes a particular individual to imagine such bizarre concepts. If I were you, try to find out which... More 

Thank Andrea2go
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Reviewed 26 June 2016

Walking to the Kunstmuseum I was a dumb jet-lagged tourist, saw the sign for the Kunsthalle, and went in and paid 12FR to see the exhibits. This is a conceptual art space that had two desperately pedestrian artists on display. I love contemporary art - and gladly support alternative museums - but the curation here is awful, accompanied by viewer... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 May 2016

If you are interested in Contemporary Art often at the cutting edge, this is a must see in Basel. Basel is one of the world centres for modern art (Art Basel being one of if not the most important Contemporary Art Fairs in the World) The people in Basel are very proud of their liking for modern and contemporary art... More 

Thank FoodieArch
Karlsruhe, Germany
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Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

Simply the best place for art with the best team of people! The exhibitions and programs are always top class.

Thank RodrigoYarmuk
Canton of Basel, Switzerland
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Reviewed 18 April 2016

even though the Kunsthalle is not as big and famous as its neighbour the Kustmuseum it must not be underestimated. It's cosy and has just the right size so that one can see everything without getting tired and inattentive. It has it's very own charm: very young, inspiring, melancholic and in the same time refreshing. A must see for art... More 

Thank Jasmin S
Basel, Switzerland
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Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

The Kunsthalle Basel is a very well curated exhibition platform and always worth the visit. Congratulation the kunsthalle team for giving Basel such a dynamic in art!

Thank AK_BS2014
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Reviewed 14 April 2016

I have seen many modern/abstract art pieces in museums such as the Kunsthalle in Europe and the United States but was particularly struck by "More heat than light" on a recent trip to Basel. The piece is highly technical intellectually, extremely simple in manifestation, and admirably original in concept. Very reminiscent of "the wizard of oz", it physically demonstrates the... More 

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Reviewed 15 March 2013 via mobile

There are many another tourist attractions around this place. So I can tell that Kunsthalle is a kind of one-stop-tourism place. It is pretty easy to get there by tram. I went there from Messeplatz, and all i need to do is just go get the number 6 tram right in front of the exhibition hall, and it just takes... More 

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