Cultural Activities in Basel



Kunstmuseum Basel

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. Special exhibition: Arte Povera. Der grosse Aufbruch



Museum Tinguely

The machine sculptures engage in a loud and multi-coloured conversation with the onlooker: Through his works, Jean Tinguely communicates and interacts with the spectator. The machine functions and becomes art. Tinguely’s artworks sparkle with wit, vitality, irony and poetry. Special exhibition: Tatlin. neue Kunst für eine neue Welt


Vitra Design Museum

The Vitra Design Museum numbers among the world’s most prominent museums of design. It is dedicated to the research and presentation of design, past and present, and examines its relationship to architecture, art and everyday culture. In the main museum building by Frank Gehry, the museum annually mounts the temporary exhibition: Gerrit Rietveld – Die Revolution des Raums


Fondation Beyeler

The Beyeler Foundation opened its doors on October 18, 1997, presenting 140 works of modern classics, including 23 Picassos. The overall collection of 200 works of classic modernism reflect the views of Hildy and Ernst Beyeler on 20th-century art and highlight features typical of the period from Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh to Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Francis Bacon. Special exhibition: Philippe Parreno


Theaterfestival Basel

29.08. – 09.09.12

city tour

Basel City Tours

City tours by foot: Monday to Saturday at 14:30


Oldtimer Tram Tours

Sunday, at 10:30 Uhr and 11:30 (reservation required):



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