The exhibition turns the spotlight on the rich collection of the museum, presenting world-famous works as well as rarely-seen treasures in new contexts. The display is set out before a backdrop of events in the history of Basel that are brought into focus by this art. The show is organized around selected moments in Basel’s varied history of ideas and everyday practices and the lives of individuals associated with the city: the humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam, the painting The Dead Christ in the Tomb by Hans Holbein the Younger, the illustrator and naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian, the historian and art historian Jacob Burckhardt, the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, the 1912 Basel Peace Congress, the figure skaters Frick and Frack, the inventor of LSD Albert Hofmann, and the women’s rights activist Iris von Roten.
Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1543), Erasmus, 1523. Collection Kunstmuseum Basel. Photo: Kunstmuseum Basel, M. P. Bühler.