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Exhibitions
striking patterns
Global traces in local Ikat fashion design

October 21, 2016 -
march 26, 2017

striking patterns
Big
Things Interpretations Dimensions

Permanent Exhibition

Big
Staying in Line
Single objects in series

April 29, 2016 - May 28, 2017

Staying in Line
StrawGold
Cultural transformations
rendered visible

Permanent Exhibition

StrawGold
The Carnival of Basel

Permanent Exhibition

The Carnival of Basel
Special Events
Grasping
anthropology

Grasping anthropology
Preview
Migration

May 19, 2017 – January 21, 2018

Migration
Sun, Moon and Stars

August 18, 2017 - January 20, 2019

Sun, Moon and Stars
 
Contact
Museum der Kulturen Basel
Münsterplatz 20, Postfach, 4001 Basel
T +41 61 266 56 00, Email
Tue to Sun: 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Mon: closed
Every first Wed of the month:
10.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m.
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Current activities
Workshop for adults
DON’T BRUSH AWAY HAPPINESS 
WHEN IT VISITS YOUR HOUSE AT NEW YEAR

Workshop for adults

DON’T BRUSH AWAY HAPPINESS
WHEN IT VISITS YOUR HOUSE AT NEW YEAR

January 28, 2017

Workshop for adults
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DON’T BRUSH AWAY HAPPINESS WHEN IT VISITS YOUR HOUSE AT NEW YEAR
DON’T BRUSH AWAY HAPPINESS
WHEN IT VISITS YOUR HOUSE AT NEW YEAR
January 28, 2017, 11.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.

Getting rid of last year’s burdens means cleaning and freshly decorating the house before New Year’s Day. In Japan people hang up red lampions. The colour stands for happiness, joy and wealth. We create from origami paper lucky charms, symbols of happiness and greeting cards to mark the New Year. For inspiration we rely on objects from East Asia that once found their way into the museum.

With Stephanie Lovász and Regina Mathez
> in german

CHF 75.00

Bring with you a snack. Please register until 23.1.2017 at info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch or under 061 266 56 32


> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
StrawGold

Guided tour

StrawGold

January 29, 2017

Guided tour
X
StrawGold
StrawGold
Cultural Transformations Rendered Visible
January 29, 2017, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

How come a Bavarian dirndl is made of African cloths? Moreover, in what way are these cloths still African? Objects, ideas and technologies have been travelling between cultures since time immemorial. Learn more about these fascinating entanglements.

With Reingard Dirscherl
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Lecture, guided tour, discussion
Grasping Anthropology

Lecture, guided tour, discussion

Grasping Anthropology

February 1, 2017

Lecture, guided tour, discussion
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Grasping Anthropology
Grasping Anthropology
Ikat: From traditional to modern
February 1, 2017, 6 p.m - 8 p.m.

Searching for traditional objects used to be a core activity of museum anthropologists and private collectors. Hence our museum is full of “traditional” objects and artefacts, including the marvellous collections of Ikat cloths from eastern Indonesia and Timor-Leste. We take a closer look at them and compare them with modern cloths. Can we make out lines of tradition? How do modern influences flow in? What do we mean by “tradition” in the first place? With a comparative excursus into European traditions.

With Richard Kunz and Willemijn de Jong, curators of the exhibition Striking Patterns, Dominik Wunderlin, curator for Europe, and Sabine Rotach
> in german

Entrance fee

> Link to "Grasping Athropology"

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
Striking Patterns

Guided tour

Striking Patterns

February 5, 2017

Guided tour
X
Striking Patterns
Striking Patterns
Global Traces in local Ikat Fashion Design
February 5, 2017, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

How does it work? Strings of yarn are dyed and then woven, and, as if by magic hand, patterns and figures appear on the cloth. In eastern Indonesia and Timor-Leste ikat weaving was developed into a high form of art. Get to see new and old examples of these fascinating cloths and learn more about the way they are produced, the designs and how they resonate.

With Willemijn de Jong, co-curator of the exhibition
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Open workshop for kids
The carnival of Basel

Open workshop for kids

The carnival of Basel

February 5, 2017

Open workshop for kids
X
The carnival of Basel
The carnival of Basel
Carnival masks
February 5, 2017, 1.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.

Our exhibitions hold many giant masks, exotic heads and grotesque faces. We make a carnival mask out of paper and decorate it with colours, raffia, wool, lace, cloth, fur and bands – ready to wear for Fasnacht!

With Regina Mathez
> in german

Material CHF 5.00

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
Staying in Line

Guided tour

Staying in Line

February 12, 2017

Guided tour
X
Staying in Line
Staying in Line
Single objects in series
February 12, 2017, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

The guided tour explores the relationship between single pieces and series by way of example: does a series of Tibetan thangkas have to be complete? Was a Kwoma man allowed to own more than one ceremonial pot? And why is an Indonesian Tunjung guardian figure only effective as part of an assemblage?

With Nadja Breger
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Presentation
BASEL CARNIVAL

Presentation

BASEL CARNIVAL

February 14, 2017

Presentation
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BASEL CARNIVAL
BASEL CARNIVAL
Multimedia Carnival
February 14, 2017, 6.00 p.m.

How does the Basel Carnival sound? What happens during the Cortège? Follow the Morgestraich and listen to the sounds of the “three best days in the year” with our new touchscreen. It also offers visitors the chance to navigate through a host of current and historical photographs and documents.

The device was acquired with the prize money awarded to the club Basler Fasnachts-Welt by the Walter Pfister Stiftung in the context of the Humour Competition 2015.


> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
BIG

Guided tour

BIG

February 19, 2017

Guided tour
X
BIG
BIG
Things Interpretations Dimensions
February 19, 2017, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

Big doesn’t mean the same thing across all cultures. The guided tour tells you about the cultural dimensions of bigness. Power and status are two good examples in this respect. But who actually gauges and defines size? And what is so impressive about bigness?

With Reingard Dirscherl
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
The carnival of Basel

Guided tour

The carnival of Basel

February 26, 2017

Guided tour
X
The carnival of Basel
The carnival of Basel
February 26, 2017, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

Since when has the Morgestraich existed? Why does the Basel carnival commence at 4 a.m. on the Monday after Ash Wednesday? Get to know more about the history of the Basler Fasnacht, cliques, Guggemusig and Schnitzelbängg in the atmospheric setting of the house’s historical rooms.

With Liliane Vindret
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Visite guidée
The carnival of Basel

Visite guidée

The carnival of Basel

February 26, 2017

Visite guidée
X
The carnival of Basel
The carnival of Basel
February 26, 2017, 3.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.

Since when has the Morgestraich existed? Why does the Basel carnival commence at 4 a.m. on the Monday after Ash Wednesday? Get to know more about the history of the Basler Fasnacht, cliques, Guggemusig and Schnitzelbängg in the atmospheric setting of the house’s historical rooms.

With Liliane Vindret
> in french

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Lecture and discussion
GRASPING ANTHROPOLOGY

Lecture and discussion

GRASPING ANTHROPOLOGY

March 1, 2017

Lecture and discussion
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GRASPING ANTHROPOLOGY
GRASPING ANTHROPOLOGY
Trophy or souvenir? Missionaries as collectors
March 1, 2017, 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Missionaries of the Basel Mission often spent long years abroad. They encountered otherness with both fascination and resistance, at times with disgust. How are exoticism and xenophobia reflected in the collections they acquired? We go in search of clues, following in the footsteps of two striking missionary personalities.

With Isabella Bozsa and Dagmar Konrad, Fellowship MKB.
> in german

Entrance fee

Supported by the Georges and Mirjam Kinzel-Fonds.

> Link to "Grasping Anthropology"

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Open workshop for kids
Searching for patterns in the museum

Open workshop for kids

Searching for patterns in the museum

March 5, 2017

Open workshop for kids
X
Searching for patterns in the museum
Searching for patterns in the museum
March 5, 2017, 1.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.

Where do we find patterns in the museum and which we do like best? We find inspiration in the objects and then draw or print the patterns they display on paper.

With Regina Mathez
> in german

Material CHF 5.00

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour in sign and spoken language
BIG

Guided tour in sign and spoken language

BIG

March 5, 2017

Guided tour in sign and spoken language
X
BIG
BIG
Things Interpretations Dimensions
March 5, 2017, 3.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.

Big doesn’t mean the same thing across all cultures. The guided tour tells you about the cultural dimensions of bigness. Power and status are two good examples in this respect. But who actually gauges and defines size? And what is so impressive about bigness?

With Lua Leirner
> in sign and spoken language

Free admission

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
The carnival of Basel

Guided tour

The carnival of Basel

March 5, 2017

Guided tour
X
The carnival of Basel
The carnival of Basel
March 5, 2017, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

Since when has the Morgestraich existed? Why does the Basel carnival commence at 4 a.m. on the Monday after Ash Wednesday? Get to know more about the history of the Basler Fasnacht, cliques, Guggemusig and Schnitzelbängg in the atmospheric setting of the house’s historical rooms.

With Margrit Gontha
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
Striking Patterns

Guided tour

Striking Patterns

March 12, 2017

Guided tour
X
Striking Patterns
Striking Patterns
Global Traces in local Ikat Fashion Design
March 12, 2017, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

How does it work? Strings of yarn are dyed and then woven, and, as if by magic hand, patterns and figures appear on the cloth. In eastern Indonesia and Timor-Leste ikat weaving was developed into a high form of art. Get to see new and old examples of these fascinating cloths and learn more about the way they are produced, the designs and how they resonate.

With Margrit Gontha
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
Staying in Line

Guided tour

Staying in Line

March 19, 2017

Guided tour
X
Staying in Line
Staying in Line
Single objects in series
March 19, 2017, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

The guided tour explores the relationship between single pieces and series by way of example: does a series of Tibetan thangkas have to be complete? Was a Kwoma man allowed to own more than one ceremonial pot? And why is an Indonesian Tunjung guardian figure only effective as part of an assemblage?

With Christophe Schneider
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Wednesday matinee
Striking Patterns

Wednesday matinee

Striking Patterns

March 22, 2017

Wednesday matinee
X
Striking Patterns
Striking Patterns
Global Traces in local Ikat Fashion Design
SARONG, JEANS OR LACE DRESS?
March 22, 2017, 10 a.m. - 12 noon

What shall I wear? Not an easy question, given that clothes do more than merely cover one’s body: they tell others something about me and where I’m from. An interactive guided tour on dress codes in Europe and Indonesia.

With Richard Kunz, curator of Striking Patterns, and Tabea Buri, co-curator of the exhibition Staying in Line
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Last guided tour
Striking Patterns

Last guided tour

Striking Patterns

March 26, 2017

Last guided tour
X
Striking Patterns
Striking Patterns
Global Traces in local Ikat Fashion Design
March 26, 2017, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

How does it work? Strings of yarn are dyed and then woven, and, as if by magic hand, patterns and figures appear on the cloth. In eastern Indonesia and Timor-Leste ikat weaving was developed into a high form of art. Get to see new and old examples of these fascinating cloths and learn more about the way they are produced, the designs and how they resonate.

With Richard Kunz, curator of the exhibition and Willemijn de Jong, co-curator of the exhibition
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
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