Funding Secured for New Building
Muttenz, 23.11.2019. The management of Kunsthaus Baselland announced that basic funding has been secured for the new building at Dreispitz. Thanks to the commitment of the canton of Basel-Landschaft, private patrons, and the BLKB, the Kunsthaus Baselland can now proceed to the planning application, marking a new chapter for the Kunsthaus after more than five years of intensive groundwork.
“It has been an intense period of time and we are glad that we can now begin a new chapter,” said Marina Meijer, president of the Kunstverein Baselland, at the opening of Regionale 20, with government councillor Monica Gschwind in attendance. Efforts have been underway for more than five years to finance the construction project at the new site. Basel-based firm Buchner Bründler Architekten won the competition — jointly run by the Kunsthaus Baselland Foundation and the Christoph Merian Foundation — with their study project back in 2015. With its three light towers, the iconic building was very well received, but the financing for the project had not yet been secured at that point in time.
7 million CHF now available as basic funding
It was only this week that the gap in funding was closed with a loan commitment from BLKB. The CHF 7 million required for the main body of the construction project is now available. Other major partners include the canton of Basel-Landschaft, with its commitment of CHF 2.5 million, as well as companies, foundations, and private patrons.
“The Kunsthaus Baselland has already done very well in Muttenz. But I’m convinced that the Kunsthaus Baselland still has a great deal of potential that could be fully developed in the Dreispitz area,” said government councillor Monica Gschwind in her welcoming address. The director of the Kunsthaus Baselland, Ines Goldbach, confirmed this: “The vibrant, creative environment of Dreispitz is the perfect place for a forward-looking institution like the Kunsthaus Baselland and the artists that exhibit there.”
The steps necessary for the planning application are now being prepared in cooperation with the sponsor, the Kunsthaus Baselland Foundation. At the end of the speech, the president of the Kunsthaus Baselland made a suggestion to the guests: “The current funding enables us to build the bare bones of the new construction. We are still dependent on donations to make sure that the Kunsthaus’ furnishings are as up-to-date as possible. We hope that this milestone will give us new momentum to inspire new patrons and business partners with regards to the project.”
For further information:
Marina Meijer (President of the Kunstverein Baselland)
Sven Hoffmann (President of the Kunsthaus Baselland Foundation)
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