January 22 - May 28, 2017

To mark its twentieth anniversary, we are presenting one of the most important and best-loved artists: Claude Monet. The exhibition will be a celebration of light and color, illustrating the artistic development of the great French painter from Impressionism to his famous late work. 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 color effects in the course of a day and in different seasons. He succeeded in evoking magical moods through reflections and shadows. 

Claude Monet was a great pioneer, who found the key to the secret garden of modern painting, and opened everyone's eyes to a new way of seeing the world.

The exhibition will bring together sixty-three masterpieces from private collections and renowned museums such as the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the Pola Museum in Japan, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and the Art Institute in Chicago.



The exhibition "Monet" is being supported by:

Hansjörg Wyss, Wyss Foundation

Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation
Bundesamt für Kultur BAK

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Monet in the morning

Monet in the morning

Early risers can enjoy the works of Claude Monet in morning tranquility. Start your day with a curator’s tour or an accompanied meditation inside the exhibition. Breakfast is available afterwards in the Berower Park Restaurant.

Price: CHF 10 plus museum admission. Please note that places are limited.


Alternate Tuesdays, 7.30 – 9 a.m.

  •     January 24, 2017
  •     February 7, 2017
  •     February 21, 2017
  •     March 7, 2017
  •     March 21, 2017

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Lecture by James H. Rubin – "Monet’s Water Lilies: Seeing with the Body"

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
7.00-8.00 p.m.

Color, tactile surfaces and format become means by which Monet’s works illustrate what can be described as "seeing with the body".

In his talk, art historian, author and lecturer James H. Rubin explores how this concept was developed.

The lecture will take place in English.

Event included in museum admission.

Lecture by Marie-Paule Vial – "Au bord de la Méditerranée: Monet à l’épreuve de l’autre lumière"

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
6.30-7.30 p.m.

The French curator and former director of the Musée de l’Orangerie, Marie-Paule Vial, will be talking about light in the works of Monet.

In collaboration with the Alliance Française de Bâle and the Société d’Etudes Françaises de Bâle.

The lecture will take place in French.

Event included in museum admission.



Sonntag, 9. April 2017
18 Uhr

Kurzführungen in den Ausstellungen «Monet» für Kinder, Jugendliche, Erwachsene und Familien in verschiedenen Sprachen.

Ein Museumsspiel und Workshops laden zum Experimentieren ein.

Die Veranstaltung ist im Museumseintritt inbegriffen. 

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