Day 5, Basel

Since I checked off all the relevant sites in Basel yesterday, I decided to take an art interlude today. The main art museum here has a special exhibition of paintings on loan from the Prado in Madrid in dialogue with paintings from its collection. My uncle and I went to see it and then toured the 20th century collection, as well. 

Rembrandt, David presenting King Saul with the head of Goliath, 1627

Rembrandt, David presenting King Saul with the head of Goliath, 1627

Unknown French, The Christian soul accepts the cross, 1630

Unknown French, The Christian soul accepts the cross, 1630

Francisco de Zurbaran, Agnus Dei, 1635

Francisco de Zurbaran, Agnus Dei, 1635

Pablo Picasso, Seated Harlequin, 1923

Pablo Picasso, Seated Harlequin, 1923

Pablo Picasso, Woman with a guitar, 1911-14

Pablo Picasso, Woman with a guitar, 1911-14

Georges Braque, The Musician, 1917-18

Georges Braque, The Musician, 1917-18

Le Corbusier, Vertical Still Life, 1922

Le Corbusier, Vertical Still Life, 1922

Paula Modersohn-Becker, Self portrait semi-nude with amber necklace, 1906

Paula Modersohn-Becker, Self portrait semi-nude with amber necklace, 1906

Emil Nolde, Twilight (Marsh Landscape), 1916

Emil Nolde, Twilight (Marsh Landscape), 1916

Franz Marc, Animal Destinies (The trees showed their rings, the animals their veins), 1913 This painting was supposed to be in a commemorative exhibition after Franz Marc fell at the Battle of Verdun in 1916, but there was a fire in the exhibition storage facility, and a third of the painting burned. Paul Klee then took it upon himself to restore the work in 1919, intentionally leaving the burned edge visible and slightly discoloring the new part. 

Franz Marc, Animal Destinies (The trees showed their rings, the animals their veins), 1913

This painting was supposed to be in a commemorative exhibition after Franz Marc fell at the Battle of Verdun in 1916, but there was a fire in the exhibition storage facility, and a third of the painting burned. Paul Klee then took it upon himself to restore the work in 1919, intentionally leaving the burned edge visible and slightly discoloring the new part. 

Ferdinand Léger, Printemps

Ferdinand Léger, Printemps

Adya van Rees, Embroidery, 1914

Adya van Rees, Embroidery, 1914

Hans Arp, Sophie Taueber-Arp, Untitled, 1916-17

Hans Arp, Sophie Taueber-Arp, Untitled, 1916-17

Meret Oppenheim, White head, blue garment, 1935

Meret Oppenheim, White head, blue garment, 1935

Alberto Giacometti, Portrait of Annette with a yellow blouse, 1964

Alberto Giacometti, Portrait of Annette with a yellow blouse, 1964

Theo van Doesburg, Composition XII in black and white, 1918

Theo van Doesburg, Composition XII in black and white, 1918

And apparently, FC Basel has done really well in soccer this year, and there's a big parade in town tonight. I'm not planning to go, but I think this guy is: