Where the Rhine, one of Europe’s most important waterways, bends north and flows out of Switzerland towards the North Sea lies the city of Basel. This location at the heart of the three-country-triangle that joins Germany, France and Switzerland is what lends Basel its openness, economic strength and cultural diversity.
Nicknamed the “cultural capital of Switzerland“, Basel lives and breathes culture, and promotes and celebrates the arts. Despite its small size, Basel has an exceptional cultural offering. Many of its institutions and events enjoy an international reputation. The city’s almost forty museums display visual arts from antiquity to the present. The prestigious exhibitions hosted by Fondation Beyeler, the Kunstmuseum (Museum of Fine Art) and Antikenmuseum (Museum of Ancient Art) draw international attention. The quality of the exhibitions was also recognised by the respected art critics of London-based newspaper 'The Times' who nominated the Kunstmuseum Basel as the fifth best museum in the world in 2013. The Fondation Beyeler is also represented in the ranking at 35th place. But art is not limited to the indoors. On a stroll through the city, there is something to admire around every corner: “Intersection” by Richard Serra, Jean Tinguely’s “Carnival Fountain” and Bettina Eichin’s “Helvetia” are just a few of the many works of art to be discovered.
In addition buildings by famous architects greet the visitor at every turn. Fondation Beyeler by Renzo Piano, Herzog & de Meuron’s Schaulager or the banking building (initially belonging to UBS, today home of the Bank for International Settlements) by Mario Botta.
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