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“Nice museum, with a impressive collection of master works.”

Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum)
Ranked #4 of 154 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).
Milan, Italy
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“Nice museum, with a impressive collection of master works.”
Reviewed 22 June 2014

Always presents very interesting temporary exhibitions.
In the current temporary exhibition I was hoping to find more works by Malevich . I found more interesting the last room with the works of Lisitskij.

Visited June 2014
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“Wonderful museum!”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

This museum is a real gem. All the works beautifully hung in a spacious environment with very high ceilings. The light is also very good. The collection is amazing and wide-ranging. Also at times you can be the only visitor in a room so you can really commune with the artworks! Also very helpful and courteous staff.

Visited June 2014
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Parkland, Florida
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“All that greatness in such a small place!”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

The museum was just big enough to house some of the greatest artists of all time. I was blown away by the number of magnificent works on display. If Van Gogh, Matisse, Cezanne! Monet, and a long list of other great artists isn't your thing then don't go, their incredible works will be wasted on you!

Visited April 2014
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San Francisco, California
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“Wonderful collection”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

Amazing collection of art and extremely well displayed. Particularly liked the juxtaposition of Picasso and Braque.

Visited May 2014
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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“Very nice experience”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

There were many excellent pieces by famous artists, as well as many from fairly obscure ones. The museum is easy to navigate and provided a nice afternoon of browsing and introspection.

Visited May 2014
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