Site Seeing: Basel Locals Pick Art, Gardens, and Boats to See Beyond the Fairs
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Site Seeing: Basel Locals Pick Art, Gardens, and Boats to See Beyond the Fairs

Night falls on Basel. ANDREW RUSSETH/ARTNEWS Site Seeing is a new column that asks museum directors, curators, and other art types to highlight places—and artworks on view—in various cities. With the first opening day of Art Basel over (today is another VIP-only day) it is time for some of us to wander about this charming city of 170,000, which is filled with top-notch museums, remarkable architecture, and other jewels. There is almost too much to choose from, particularly when you consider the surrounding area. Matthias Grünewald’s 16th-century masterpiece, the Isenheim Altarpiece, is located a short train ride away in Colmar, France, and ditto for Le Corbusier’s Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, as an art dealer reminded me yesterday. But what about the things you don’t necessarily know about? For those on the hunt for art experiences, a few Basel locals were kind enough to share advice about what to see while in town during the fair. Ines Goldbach, the director of Kunsthaus Baselland, highlighted a delightful-sounding botanical garden, while Elena Filipovic, who leads the Kunsthalle Basel, told the story of those remarkable boats one sees crossing the Rhine regularly on cables. (Their history may surprise.) Meanwhile, Sam Keller, […]

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