The building alone, designed by Renzo Piano, architect of Paris's Pompidou Centre, is worth the 20-minute tram ride to the suburb of Riehen
A short tram ride from Basel's main station to Riehen
will take you to the Fondation Beyeler, which feels a million miles from the thronging Messeplatz.
On display are paintings by Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Egon Schiele and Ferdinand Hodler that are on loan from the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen
and the Aargauer Kunsthaus in Aarau.
Artist Markus Soukup, above; and, below, Claude Monet's Water Lilies (Nymphas) 1916-19, courtesy Fondation Beyeler, Riehen
, Basel Amanda Drew and Sam Troughton Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker; and, inset t, Samantha Womack in South Pacific - both shows are coming to the Empire
The Water Lily Pond c.1917-19, lent by the Albertina, Vienna, and Water Lilies 1916-19, lent by Fondation Beyeler, Riehen
, Basel, will join three other Monet paintings - Water Lilies 1916 from The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; Water Lilies 1907 from G|teborgs Konstmuseum in Sweden; and Water Lilies after 1916, on loan from the National Gallery to the Tate Collection.
Art lovers visiting Basel must also take time to visit Foundation Beyler in nearby Riehen
, a bus ride away.
She was working on a small piece of communal land in Riehen
, near the northern city of Bale, when she suddenly saw a fox running off with her handbag in its mouth.
Herzog & de Meuron's design of a house for the Kochlin family at Riehen
, in the leafy suburban outskirts of Basel, is yet another demonstration that the language of Modernism, when applied by imaginative hands to the design of the private dwelling, is as supple a vehicle for individual expression as it ever was.