Basel is a major Swiss cultural and industrial city in the tri-border area where Switzerland, Germany and France meet. It has a rich cultural heritage (e.g., such famous inhabitants include Erasmus, Holbein, Böcklin, Burckhardt, Nietzsche, etc.), ongoing traditions and vital and diverse range of cultural activities (e.g., theater, music, dance, film, etc.) Many of its museums (e.g., Kunstmuseum Basel /Museum of Contemporary Art, Schaulager, Kunsthalle Basel , Fondation Beyeler, Museum der Kulturen, Tinguely Museum, Antikenmuseum Basel and Sammlung Ludwig, etc.), as well as its contemporary architecture , are renowned worldwide. A lively alternative cultural scene complements the prominent public and private institutions.
Since 2014 the Atelier Mondial facilities have been located in a newly constructed building complex at Freilager-Platz at Dreispitz, an emerging art zone just behind the Swiss railway station. Located very close to the Schaulager and another project – the Helsinki building – by the architects Herzog & de Meuron and directly vis-à-vis the new Academy of Art and Design Basel (HGK FHNW ), the Atelier Mondial studios, along with a number of new so-called ‘off’ or alternative spaces and galleries, are now part of the growing Campus of the Arts. The House of Electronic Arts Basel (HeK) is located on the ground floor of the new Atelier Mondial complex at Freilager-Platz 10, where guest artists from around the world will be staying on the first floor.
Seven residency studios – five larger studios (85m2) and two smaller “studioettes” (45m2) – are available for international guest artists, each equipped with its own kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and separate area for working. In the area for working there are three tables with chairs; and in the area for living, a bed, built-in storage units, sofa/seating furniture and storage room. Atelier Mondial provides guests with bedding, towels, cooking utensils and WiFi; however, neither telephone nor television are provided. On the same floor there is a workroom with an equipped workbench and the exhibition space Salon Mondial (135m2), which can be used for exhibitions . The adjacent community kitchen Cuisine Mondiale (85m2) can also be used for events, but is mainly intended to remain open as a place for intercultural and interculinary encounter and exchange between regional artists and international guest artists.
In addition to the facilities at Dreispitz, our project trustees in Freiburg im Breisgau and in Mulhouse offer one studio each to accommodate our guest artists.
Project Director's Address:
Atelier Mondial – International Arts Exchange Program Basel Mulhouse Freiburg
c/o Christoph Merian Stiftung
St. Alban-Vorstadt 12