Basel - Exhibition

Barnett Newman: Drawings and Prints

Kunstmuseum Basel

19 Apr 201607 Aug 2016

The American artist Barnett Newman (1905–1970) is a prominent representative of Abstract Expressionism. The Kupferstichkabinett holds a complete set of his prints and, since 2014, a selection of outstanding drawings, a generous gift from the Barnett Newman Foundation.

Executed in color, the sheets dating from 1944–1945 are surprisingly playful. The subsequent black brush drawings featuring vertical bands anticipate the second period of focused graphical work in 1959–1960, when Newman scrutinized the interrelation between surfaces and “zips.” Beginning in 1961, he created prints that are in some ways an extension of his drawings and paintings while also addressing concerns intrinsic to the medium such as seriality and proportion.

The exhibition, which is complemented by selected works on loan, offers a survey of the artist’s entire graphic Oeuvre.

  • Barnett Newman, Untitled , 1944, Photo: Kunstmuseum Basel, Martin P. BühlerBarnett Newman, Untitled , 1944, Photo: Kunstmuseum Basel, Martin P. Bühler

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Special Events

Destination: Basel
Where: Kunstmuseum Basel
Type: Breakfast
Admission: By Invitation Only

Celebrating the exhibitions “Sculpture On The Move” and “Barnett Newman”.
Access: With invitation or Art Basel First Choice VIP card.

Contacts & Details

tue, thu, fri, sat, sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm; wed 10:00 am - 8:00 pm


Ticket; Free every Tue, Wed, Fri, and Sat from 5pm to 6pm and on the first Sunday of every month from 10am to 6pm.


Dr. Josef Helfenstein

T: +41 61 206 62 62 M: W: Kunstmuseum Basel
St. Alban-Graben 16 Basel, CH-4051 Switzerland