The choir of the former Franciscan church, built in 2018, shows impressive monuments of the Middle Ages. Works of art from Basel, the Upper Rhine region, Switzerland and southern Germany tell of religious worlds in which the church dominated daily life. Top-class objects illustrate the formal changes as well as the transformation of functions. They provide an insight into the furnishings and picture programmes of medieval churches and refer to liturgical purposes and religious ideas. Important motifs of medieval art such as the crucifix and the image of the Virgin are thematised and lead us to love, suffering and hope, but also to the splendour and misery of a bygone era. In this way, the exhibition reveals connections and religious values that may have become foreign in our society, which has become predominantly denominationless.
The largest exhibit, the Marian altarpiece from Santa Maria di Calanca (Canton Graubünden), has been further enhanced by means of two animated films produced for Basel Historical Museum by the Büro Berrel Gschwind.