We set off to see the Schaulager, one of Basel’s multiple museums, designed, like so much else in Basel, by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron for the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation and opened in 2003.   It’s not the most beautiful building, a big brown biscuit on three sides, like a Weetabix, with an entrance façade with two large video screens:-




The point of the building is indoors, where it opens up into a set of ambiguous concrete layers stretching up into an equally ambiguous layered concrete ceiling with hanging decks of big installation pieces and grand video works below.   It’s the grandest form of aesthetic sobriety.   But I wasn’t allowed to photograph it.


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