Basel: Museum Shows

June 2018

Various locations, Basel


The Basel show brings the international artworld together, with 290 of the world's leading galleries showing the works of over 4,000 artists. A full program of artworld talks takes place each day. Exhibitions and events are also offered by cultural institutions in Basel and the surrounding area, creating an exciting, region-wide art week.

© Art Basel

Museum Shows 

Museums in and around Basel will once again present significant exhibitions during Art Basel. The Schaulager will present 'Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts', the artist's first comprehensive retrospective in over two decades. The Fondation Beyeler will be dedicating their major summer exhibition to Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon. In addition, the Fondation Beyeler will unveil a monumental public installation ‘GaiaMotherTree’ by Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto at Zurich main station. Kunstmuseum Basel, home of one of the world’s oldest municipal art collections, will present ‘Theaster Gates: The Black Madonna’, an exploration of the cult of the Black Madonna and its significance in both the history of religion and its aesthetic and metaphorical tenor. This will be presented alongside the first solo exhibition in Europe of works by American painter Sam Gilliam entitled ‘The Music of Color’. In addition, Martha Rosler and Hito Steyerl will address concerns about the political developments of our time in 'War Games', while the retrospective of Maria Lassnig's works on paper will seek to explore the nuances of perception of her own body in 'Dialogues'. Kunsthalle Basel presents solo shows by New Zealand-born artist Luke Willis Thompson and German artist Raphaela Vogel. Kunsthaus Baselland will show three parallel exhibitions by internationally renowned female artists: Naama Tsabar, Rochelle Feinstein and Rosella Biscotti. Museum Tinguely will present ‘Too early to panic’, a cabinet of curiosities by Swiss artists Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger, as well as Gauri Gill’s photographic series ‘Traces’ for which the artist worked closely with marginalized desert communities in Western Rajasthan. At Vitra Design Museum, Bas Princen’s architectural photographs will be on display, running alongside ‘Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today’. 


Design Miami Basel 

Design Miami/ Basel, the global forum for collectible design, runs from June 12 to June 17, 2018, with the Collectors Preview on Monday, June 11 (by invitation). The fair returns to Hall 1 Süd, on Messeplatz. The 13th edition will present more than 45 galleries exhibiting historic and contemporary design alongside a robust cultural program. For more details, please visit

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