From Claude Monet to all the fun of the Fasnacht Carnival to the Basel Tattoo, there really is something for everyone this year in Basel.
Claude Monet: To mark its twentieth anniversary, the Fondation Beyeler is presenting one of the most important and best-loved artists: Claude Monet. The exhibition will be a celebration of light and colour, illustrating the great French painter’s development from Impressionism to his famous paintings of water-lilies. It will feature his Mediterranean landscapes, wild Atlantic coastal scenes, different stretches of the Seine, meadows with wild flowers, haystacks, water lilies, cathedrals, and bridges shrouded in fog. In his paintings, Monet experimented with changing light and colour effects in the course of a day and in different seasons. He succeeded in evoking magical moods through reflections and shadows. On until the 28th May 2017.
The Vitra Design Museum collection – 1800 to today: Having opened last June the Vitra Schaudepot, designed by the Basel-based architects Herzog & de Meuron provides the Vitra Design Museum with a much needed space to display key objects from its extensive collection to the public. The centrepiece of the Schaudepot is a permanent exhibition of more than 400 key pieces of modern furniture design from 1800 to the present. The objects shown include early bentwood furniture, icons of Classical Modernism by Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto and Gerrit Rietveld, along with colourful plastic objects from the Pop era and recent designs produced with a 3D printer.
Fasnacht Carnival: The fun and festivity of the annual Basel Carnival will take place from 04.00 am on Sunday 5th March – Wednesday 8th March. Expect between 15 – 20,000 masked performers, roaming the streets of Basel for this three-day extravaganza of music and mayhem which is the largest of its type in Switzerland. Visitors to Basel can experience the “three best days” in Basel from just 205.00 CHF (GBP165) per person to include: three nights’ accommodation; original die-cast Basel Fasnacht badge or “Blaggedde”; guided tour of the Carnival; Rädäbäng and free public transport mobility ticket.
Jazz and Blues: Now in its 18th year the Blues festival Basel (5th – 9th April) will launch with brilliant fireworks with an exclusive programme of old favourites and new acts at the Festival Hall of the Volkshaus Basel.
Basel Tattoo, 19th – 29th July: Unique in Switzerland, the Basel Tattoo is the world’s second largest and one of the most spectacular open-air tattoos. Since premiering in 2006, the Basel Tattoo has been attended by over a half million live spectators. Every year, 120,000 visitors enjoy this grand show of marching music with its fine signature blend of the traditional and the innovative. Another wave of some 125,000 visitors attends the Basel Tattoo Parades passing through the historic centres of Basel and Freiburg im Breisgau.
If you think a story on Basel would have editorial merit for you this year, Magellan have a number of opportunities for travel including a press trip to the Fasnacht Carnival ( 4th – 6th March) and Basel Tattoo (dates TBC). To register interest or to arrange a visit, please contact me at Alexandra@magellan-pr.com.
Notes for editors: Nestled in the heart of Europe where Switzerland, Germany and France meet, Basel – just a 10-minute drive from Basel EuroAirport – is a pocket-sized metropolis that combines Swiss quality with a multicultural population. The 40 museums, all with long-established collections and spectacular exhibitions are the foundation of Basel’s reputation as a city of culture. However, art is not only found in the myriad of museums, but is encountered across the entire city. Exciting juxtapositions are cast by the classical patrician houses and mediaeval churches side by side with modern buildings designed by major international architects such as Herzog & de Meuron or Renzo Piano. Foodies will not be disappointed in Basel either. Thanks to the city’s location, its cuisine is both excellent and eclectic. From the sunny banks of the Rhine, to the romantic streets of the Old Town to the countless boulevard cafés and trendy bars – every taste is catered for. There is always something going on in Basel!