THe “Museum für Gegenwartskunst” on St. Alban-Rheinweg, now known as Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart, was one of the first museums dedicated to contemporary art in the world. It was created in a joint effort by the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, the Christoph Merian Foundation, and the Canton of Basel-Stadt. Construction was made possible by a generous donation from Maja Sacher-Stehlin, who established the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, as well as her family and the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation. The Christoph Merian Foundation provided the building, erected on land owned by the Canton of Basel-Stadt.
The Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart presents works of contemporary art from the holdings of the Kunstmuseum Basel and the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation as well as special exhibitions. Since 2003, the works of the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation not currently on display are held at the Schaulager. In addition to changing presentations of treasures from the collections, which are designed to enter into a dialogue with the temporary shows, the museum regularly hosts lectures and panel discussions on issues in contemporary art as well as discussions of selected works and guided tours. A shop that also sells tickets is located across from the main entrance.
Today, the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation comprises works by over 150 artists. The early acquisitions of the collection - works by Arp and Dali, Delaunay and Klee, Ernst, and the Belgian Expressionists - became classics of modern art, and found their established place in art history.
The Foundation aims to buy works of art 'looking to the future, and not yet generally understood in the present' and this key principle has become very clearly perceptible since the late 1960s. Together with this open-minded attitude to all forms of art and different media, another important basic principle was to build up a body of works by certain artists.
Today the collection houses large bodies of work by renowned artists including Joseph Beuys, Bruce Nauman, Dieter Roth, John Baldessari, Cindy Sherman, Ilya Kabakov, Gary Hill, Matthew Barney, Jeff Wall, Katharina Fritsch, and Robert Gober.
Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart
Kunstmuseum Basel | Hauptbau & Neubau
Collection (all three venues): 16 CHF / 15 € (reduced: 8 CHF / 8 €)
Special Exhibition & Collection (all three venues): 23 CHF / 21 € (reduced: 13 CHF / 13 €)Collection (all three venues): : 16 CHF / 15 € (reduced: 8 CHF / 8 €)
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