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Albrecht Dürer
Albrecht Dürer
Albrecht Dürer and his Circle
BASEL  •  Kunstmuseum Basel  •  1 November 2014 - 1 February 2015
 
Drawings by Hans Baldung Grien, Hans Schufelein, Hans von Kulm­bach, and Hans Springinklee are among the rich holdings of late 15th and early 16th century art in the Kunstmuseum Basel’s Department of Prints and Drawings. For a while, these artists worked in the Nuremberg workshop of Albrecht Drer (1471–1528), who stands at the center of this exhibition. Most of them subsequently set up their own workshops and employed other draftsmen and painters in turn. A group of drawings made between 1512 and 1516 in connection with the execution of the high altar in Freiburg Cathedral by Hans Baldung merits particular atten­tion, as it blends the master’s work with contributions by his associates. Thanks to the collecting activities of Basilius Amerbach in the second half of the sixteenth century, these drawings always remained together; with the acquisition of the Amerbach collection in the seventeenth century, they became part of the ffentliche Kunstsammlung. The exhibition seeks to convey the significance of these works and their function.

Kunstmuseum Basel Website


Contact: Kunstmuseum Basel
St. Alban-Graben 16
CH-4010 Basel
Tel: (41) 61 206 62 62

Caspar Wolf and the aesthetic conquest of nature
BASEL  •  Kunstmuseum Basel  •  19 October 2014 - 1 February 2015
 
 
The Alps as magnificent spectacle of nature — a surprisingly recent opinion. It was only during the course of the 18th century that people began regarding jagged mountain ranges as “sublime” and aesthetically pleasing. The Swiss landscape painter Caspar Wolf (1735–1783) was one of the first to conquer this largely undeveloped Alpine landscape on his extensive treks and made it available as subject matter for artistic treatment. In his galvanizing compositions, massive boulders, thundering mountain torrents, and bizarre glacier formations impede the viewer’s path. The human being, standing in awe, is reduced to a tiny figure before expansive panoramas.

The exhibition includes 126 works by Caspar Wolf and his contemporaries as well as a selection of recent photographs taken at these respective locations in the Alps.

Kunstmuseum Basel Website


Contact: Kunstmuseum Basel
St. Alban-Graben 16
CH-4010 Basel
Tel: (41) 61 206 62 62



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