Basel Museum Night is gaining a new partner in the form of Helvetia Insurance. For the first time, Helvetia will be sponsoring the 18th Museum Night on 19 January 2018. Together with Novartis and the Basler Kantonalbank, it makes up the Basel Museum Night's sponsorship trio.
Eva Keller, Head of Museums and Cultural Marketing Unit in the Culture Department, is delighted about the collaboration with Helvetia: "Our awesome sponsorship trio will enable young people under the age of 26 to gain free entry. It's fabulous to watch over 10,000 children and young people embark upon this night-time journey of discovery and culture." Philipp Gmür, CEO of Helvetia, is also pleased about the new commitment: "Art and the City of Basel are held in high esteem at Helvetia. Museum Night ideally combines these two things and is extremely popular with young and old alike."
Guided tours and children's workshops in the Helvetia Art Foyer
The Helvetia Art Foyer – the company's own exhibition space – will be opening its doors to visitors on Museum Night. The programme, named "Goodbye blue sky", includes guided tours by artists and curators of the "Save Our Souls" exhibition by the artistic duo huber.huber, plus workshops for children.
The new partnership with Basel Museum Night is part of Helvetia's existing multifaceted commitment to art. The Helvetia Art Foyer, a public exhibition space in Basel, is used by the insurance group for up to four exhibitions each year, in which works from the company's own collection are also displayed. With over 1,700 works by around 400 artists, this is one of the most significant collections of contemporary Swiss art. Helvetia is also one of Switzerland's leading art insurers, and is sponsoring digitalization projects at the Kirchner Museum in Davos and the Art Museums in Basel, Bern and Lucerne. Helvetia additionally awards an art prize each year which helps support young artists as they embark upon their careers.
Key information on the 18th Basel Museum Night
19 January 2018, 6pm to 2am
Helvetia Insurance, Helvetia Art Foyer, Steinengraben 25, 4051 Basel
"Save Our Souls" exhibition by huber.huber
You can find information on ticket prices and sales on the website www.museumsnacht.ch
huber.huber: Detail from "Butterfly" from the photo series "Save us", 2013 to 2017.
huber.huber: "Shelter" installation, 2017.
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