Successful open day at the Kunstmuseum Basel and the MASI Lugano
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Successful open day at the Kunstmuseum Basel and the MASI Lugano

Last Sunday, Credit Suisse invited visitors to an open day at the Kunstmuseum Basel and the MASI Lugano. As well as the two unique exhibitions – "The Cubist Cosmos" in Basel and "Hodler – Segantini – Giacometti" in Lugano – various attractions lay in store for younger and older art lovers alike, which made this day into a one-of-a-kind experience. 

On March 31, 2019, the Kunstmuseum Basel and the MASI Lugano (Museo d'Arte della Svizzera italiana) opened their doors to visitors seeking to enjoy art and inspiration. Awaiting the public were two exhibitions that could not have been more different: With "The Cubist Cosmos," the Kunstmuseum Basel is currently presenting a revolutionary art movement. And at the MASI Lugano, some of the most important masterpieces from the Gottfried Keller Foundation are on display in the "Hodler – Segantini – Giacometti" exhibition. In addition to these exceptional exhibitions, there was a range of attractions for visitors that made this day into something really special. For example, in Basel, younger visitors were able to uncover the secrets of "The Cubist Cosmos" exhibition in a fun puzzle adventure. And those who were more interested in the background to the two exhibitions did not miss out thanks to the free audio guides. The Sunday experience was rounded off with a souvenir photo taken in front of our photo wall. And to match the spring weather, there was free ice cream for everyone in both Basel and Lugano.

More about the exhibitions

The exhibition "The Cubist Cosmos." From Picasso to Léger is on display at the Kunstmuseum Basel from March 30 to August 4, 2019. As cubism revolutionized the art world at the start of the 20th century, it turned old ways of looking at things upside down. It blew away existing forms and introduced a new artistic language with great innovative power. By breaking down shapes to take them apart, adding symbols and fragments, and using unusual materials, cubism challenged the common understanding of art. This was not only art for the eyes; cubism was geared specifically toward the intellect. You need to have a high level of abstraction along with the willingness to experiment to both create and view this art. It was revolutionary then and is still interesting today. The exhibition, which is a collaboration with the Centre Pompidou in Paris, showcases some 130 works from the era that lasted from 1908 until after the end of World War 1.

The exhibition "Hodler – Segantini – Giacometti" is on display at the MASI Lugano from March 24 to July 28, 2019. It includes some of the most important masterpieces of the Gottfried Keller Foundation. The indisputable highlight of the exhibition is the famous "Trittico della Natura" by Giovanni Segantini. This is only the second time in almost 100 years that the three-part masterpiece has left its usual exhibition site, the Segantini Museum in St. Moritz. But even without this, visiting the exhibition would still be worthwhile. It will give visitors valuable insights into the history of Swiss art over the last 200 years. In addition, the MASI Lugano offers a spectacular panoramic view of Lake Lugano to anyone who would like to see it.