Schaulager, Basel

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The Schaulager is a museum in Newmünchenstein, a sub-district of Münchenstein in the canton of Basel-Country, Switzerland.Built in 2002/2003 under commission of the Laurenz Foundation, it was designed by the renowned architectural office of Herzog & de Meuron, the Schaulager opened in 2003. The Schaulager was conceived as an open warehouse that provides the optimal spatial and climatic conditions for the preservation of works of art.The institution functions as a mix between public museum, art storage facility and art research institute. It is primarily directed at a specialist audience but is also open to the general public for special events and the annual exhibitions.The special annual exhibitions to date are: 2003: Roth-Zeit. A retrospective on Dieter Roth 2004: Herzog & de Meuron. Number 250. An exposition 2005: Jeff Wall. Photographs from 1978–2004 2006: Tacita Dean. Analogue: Films, Photographs, Drawings 1991–2006 and Francis Alÿs. "The Sign Painting Project (1993–97)": A revision» 2007: Robert Gober. Work 1976–2007 2008: Andrea Zittel, Monika Sosnowska. 1:1 2009: Holbein to Tillmans. Prominent guests from the Kunstmuseum Basel 2010: Matthew Barney. Prayer Sheet with the Wound and the Nail 2011: Francis Alÿs. Fabiol 2013: Steve McQueen. 2014: Paul Chan. Selected Works The collection from the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation forms the main core of the Schaulager exhibits. This collection was founded in 1933 by Maja Hoffmann-Stehlin (* 7. August 1896; † 8. August 1989), later known as Maja Sacher, wife of Paul Sacher (* 28 April 1906 – † 26 May 1999).
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  • it is amazing to see that one philanthropic family has collected so much beautiful art and allows now every one to see it. Amazing building too.  more »
  • Pharmacutical heiress (Maya) Hoffman-La Roche spectacular art collection. Herzog de Meuron building. Rotating exhibition. Take a taxi.  more »
  • Sometimes, the Schaulager is closed, then suddenly again a couple of months: a new exhibition, but almost always with a Bohemian touch. Go!
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