A Platform for Young Artists
The Kunsthaus Baselland is among the leading exhibition venues for regional, national and international contemporary art in the Basel region. Since 1998 the repurposed factory building has offered (young) artists a platform of more than 1'400m² for artistic exchange in the framework of solo, group or thematic exhibitions. Numerous regional, and some international artists have had their first institutional showing in Switzerland or in Europe here.
Regional and International
The curatorial programme is focussed on contemporary art in the Basel region which is positioned within an international discourse through accompanying international and national exhibitions.
Engagement with Architecture and Site
The Kunsthaus Baselland supports and promotes the creation of new works that enter into dialogue with the Kunsthaus architecture and/or that of the Basel region. Under the current director many of the invited local, national and even international artists have been encouraged to develop new, sometimes large-scale works and work series specifically for this site.
Create Access to Art
As a public institution there is awareness of the Kunsthaus Baselland’s educational remit. An established educational programme is offered for children, young people and adults that is consistently developed and extended.
The Kunsthaus Baselland should be a lively place for exchange and informed encounter with contemporary art. The exhibition programme is therefore, despite limited means, augmented by publications, talks and conversations with artists, creators and figures from business, politics and education. The Kunsthaus opens its doors for the study of artists and their works of art through collaboration with neighbouring, internationally active further education institutions.
Kunsthaus Baselland, summer 2017, photo: Ismael Lorenzo
New Kunsthaus Baselland 2024. Photo: Finn Curry
Dr. Ines Goldbach
Exhibition Technicians and Education
(Co Head of Exhibition Technique)
(Co Head of Exhibition Technique)
Sergio Rojas Chaves
(Head of Education)
Katharina Anna Wieser
Yola Rey Büchler
Kunsthaus Baselland, summer 2017, photo: Ismael Lorenzo
In the 1930s the systematic, institutional support of art in the Canton Basel-Landschaft began with the founding of a cantonal art fund. The fund committee organised art exhibitions that took place at intervals of two or three years and bought pictures and prints from these exhibitions, amongst others. A collection of art from Baselland started to develop. Following this the private Basellandschaftliche Kunstvereinigung (Baselland Art Society) was founded in 1944, which is today the Kunstverein Baselland. Local creativity in particular was to be supported through exhibitions and purchases. For decades the Kunstverein put on exhibitions by artists from the Basel region in the Schloss Ebenrein, which the canton bought in 1952. For want of an exhibition space the Verein also had to avail of empty factories, business premises, schools and tram depots.
An Exhibition Space of its Own
In the summer of 1997 the Kunstverein purchased the erstwhile factory building at St. Jakobs-Strasse 170 in Muttenz, realising a long-held wish for the Verein to have its own exhibition space. Leading in this matter was Richard Hersberger, president of the Kunstverein at the time. Shortly afterwards, the Kunsthaus Baselland was opened in its current form with approximately 1’400m² of exhibition space. In an industrial building that lies on the boundaries of the cantons of Basel-Stadt (Basel City) and Basel Landschaft (Basel Countryside), in close proximity to the St. Jakob stadium by the architects Herzog & de Meuron, the Kunsthaus Baselland can easily be reached in a few minutes by public transport from the city of Basel.
The Kunsthaus is lead by a professional curator chosen by the Kunstverein committee.
Presidents of the
1944: Establishment of the Kunstverein Baselland
1944–1954 Karl Gnemmi, Liestal (Founding President)
1954–1964 Willy Arnold, Architect, Liestal
1964–1974 Heinrich Stalder, Liestal
1974–1998: Richard Hersberger, Muttenz
Responsible for the Kunstverein Baselland’s purchase (10 May 1997) and occupation (end 1997) of the current Kunsthaus Baselland site in Muttenz
1998–2001: Siegfried Bläuer, Sissach
2001–2002: Annina Zimmermann, Münchenstein (interim)
2002–2012: Manuela Eichenberger, Binningen
2012–2017: Anthony Vischer, Riehen/Basel
Together with the Foundation Kunsthaus Baselland and the director Ines Goldbach, initiator of the current new Kunsthaus on the Dreispitz project continued by his successor
2017–present day: Marina Meijer-von Tscharner
Directors/Curators of the
3.1998–2.2001: Andreas Baur
2.2001–7.2013: Sabine Schaschl
8.2013–present day: Ines Goldbach
The main supporter of the privately-run institution is the Kunstverein Baselland, to which numerous artists, creatives and interested non-creatives as well as key figures from the Basel region belong. The Bildungs-, Kultur- und Sportdirektion department from the Canton Basel-Landschaft (kulturelles.bl) supports operation of the Kunsthaus Baselland with an annual funding contribution. This financial foundation is continually augmented through applications for funding from other sources in order to support artists producing work for their exhibitions at the Kunsthaus Baselland. The building in Muttenz belongs to the not-for-profit Kunsthaus Baselland Foundation. The function of this foundation is to provide the Kunsthaus Baselland with accommodation. It will also be the owner of the new Kunsthaus venue in the Dreispitz.
Over the past two years the Kunsthaus Baselland has strengthened its network significantly within the Basel art and cultural scene, in an international context and also in business, thanks to key cooperation partners. Contacts with universities, in particular with the various institutions of the Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz in the Dreispitz area, as well as other further education establishments and academies in the region (including in Freiburg in Breisgau and Karlsruhe), have also intensified. Neighbouring schools and further education establishments play an ever more important role in the area of mediation. The broad international recognition gained by the Kunsthaus over recent years has led to good contacts with press and media on a local, national and international level.
Marina Meijer-von Tscharner
Art Collector, Therwil
Board of Trustees
President of the Cantonal Court, Civil Law Division, Liestal
Membership Kunstverein Baselland
(Baselland Art Society)
Start a friendship with art—become a member of the Kunstverein Baselland.
Your membership helps to promote the work of numerous artists and support the Kunsthaus Baselland’s varied exhibition and education program.
Support art and artists and enjoy many exclusive advantages. Become part of the Kunstverein Baselland’s Art Club and meet other art lovers at special events!
As a member of the Art Club, you are deeply committed to the Kunsthaus’s exhibition and education program. Your generous yearly donations are vital to enable artists to realize new works for their shows at the Kunsthaus and to ensure that these exhibitions also strengthen the Kunsthaus Baselland’s international reputation.
Students and apprentices up to the age of 25
You enjoy the following benefits:
- Invitations to openings and events for members
- Invitation to participate in art trips and excursions exclusively for members
- Personal invitation to the annual brunch during Art Basel
- Free admission to special events such as guided tours, lectures, family days, artist talks and workshops
- 20 % discount on selected publications by the Kunsthaus Baselland
- The right to attend and vote at the General Meeting
- Free entry to numerous art institutions:
Kunstmuseum / Kunsthalle Appenzell
HEK (Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel)
S AM | Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum
Kunsthaus Pasquart Biel
Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur
Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen
Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen
MACT/CACT – Arte Contemporanea Ticino
Kunstmuseum Thun & Thun Panorama
Both private individuals and companies can join the Kunsthaus Baselland Art Club / Art Club+.
from CHF 1000
from CHF 1600
- Your name on the Kunsthaus website
- Personal invitations to special previews and events
- Signed free copy of selected new publications by the Kunsthaus Baselland
- 5 annual membership passes for the Kunstverein Baselland (including free entry to partner institutions)
- Invitation to participate in special Art Club events, e.g. art excursions, gallery tours, visits to artists’ studios and private art collections, exclusive dinners and much more, each accompanied by curators, artists and experts in a small, exclusive group
from CHF 5000
- One private guided tour (up to 25 people) through an exhibition of your choice per year
- Acknowledgment as an annual partner of Kunsthaus Baselland in various communications (print / digital)
- Renting the foyer at a reduced price