Exhibitions

StrawGold

CULTURAL TRANSFORMATIONS
RENDERED VISIBLE

Permanent Exhibition

From Patchwork
to Enlightenment

THE BUDDHIST MONK'S ROBE

August 22, 2014 - March 22, 2015

The Parrot's Chest

FOLK ART OF LATIN AMERICA

May 16, 2014 - January 18, 2015

Expeditions

THE WORLD IN A SUITCASE

Permanent Exhibition

Special Events








NOVEMBER 20, 2014, 7.30 p.m.







Feliz Navidad

Mexican Christmas celebration

Saturday, December 13, 2014
2.00 - 9.00 p.m.

Cultural Dialogue

Preview

Sad Christmas

November 14, 2014 - January 11, 2015

Opium

March 20, 2015 - January 24, 2016

 
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.
Current activities
Guided tour for kids
The Parrot's Chest

Guided tour for kids

The Parrot's Chest

November 2, 2014

Guided tour for kids
X
The Parrot's Chest

The Parrot's Chest

Folk Art of Latin America

Celebrating día de los Muertos

November 2, 2014, 10.45 a.m. - 12.00 noon

Visiting the same exhibition but viewing things differently and then talking with each other about the experience, is the whole point of the family tandem tours. This time the focus is on the Day of the Dead, Día de los Muertos, in the exhibition “The Parrot’s Chest – Folk Art of Latin America”.

With Alexander Brust and Regina Mathez
> in german
for kids of 6 and older

Material CHF 5.-

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour for adults
The Parrot's Chest

Guided tour for adults

The Parrot's Chest

November 2, 2014

Guided tour for adults
X
The Parrot's Chest

The Parrot's Chest

Folk Art of Latin America

Celebrating día de los Muertos

November 2, 2014, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

Visiting the same exhibition but viewing things differently and then talking with each other about the experience, is the whole point of the family tandem tours. This time the focus is on the Day of the Dead, Día de los Muertos, in the exhibition “The Parrot’s Chest – Folk Art of Latin America”.

With Alexander Brust and Regina Mathez
> in german

Free entrance

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Workshop for kids
The Parrot's Chest

Workshop for kids

The Parrot's Chest

November 2, 2014

Workshop for kids
X
The Parrot's Chest

The Parrot's Chest

Folk Art of Latin America

La calaca loca - the crazy skeleton

November 2, 2014, 1.00 - 5.00 p.m.

On Día de los Muertos people in Latin America pay respect to their deceased relatives. The celebrations include flower displays, richly decorated altars and skeletons in all variations. Some of these skeletons are shown in the exhibition “The Parrot’s Chest – Folk Art of Latin America”. In the workshop we make our own calaca loca which means as much as “crazy skeleton”.

With Regina Mathez
> in german
for kids of 6 and older

Material CHF 5.-

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Grasping anthropology - Talk
StrawGold

Grasping anthropology - Talk

StrawGold

November 5, 2014

Grasping anthropology - Talk
X
StrawGold

StrawGold

Cultural Transformations Rendered Visible

The diversity Dirndl

November 5, 2014, 6.00 - 8.00 p.m.

Dirndls are back in fashion! In Munich there’s no party without them. What’s behind this recent revival? A dirndl made from African cloths provides the starting point for a discussion on cultural transformation and innovation in the fashion industry.

With Rahmée Wetterich, fashion designer and inventor of the
dirndl à l’Africaine, Munich; Simone Egger, cultural scientist and dirndl expert, University of Innsbruck, and Franziska Jenni and Stephanie Lovász, curators of the exhibition “StrawGold”.

> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
The Parrot's Chest

Guided tour

The Parrot's Chest

November 9, 2014

Guided tour
X
The Parrot's Chest

The Parrot's Chest

Folk Art of Latin America

The Haitian cock and other collector stories

November 9, 2014, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

Ever since his first journey to Latin America from 1959 to 1962, folk art has held Valentin Jaquet captive. To him the artefacts of this tradition are not only full of humour and poetry, they also express pleasure, dreams, hopes and fears. He knows a story to each and every piece. On the guided tour Valentin Jaquet provides a glimpse into the parrot’s chest.

With Valentin Jaquet, collector and curator of the exhibition “The Parrot’s Chest – Folk Art of Latin America.”
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Poetry reading in the context of BuchBasel
The Parrot's Chest

Poetry reading in the context of BuchBasel

The Parrot's Chest

November 9, 2014

Poetry reading in the context of BuchBasel
X
The Parrot's Chest

The Parrot's Chest

Folk Art of Latin America

Humberto Ak'abal

November 9, 2014, 2.00 - 3.00 p.m.

“Walking, digging, waiting: this is the kind of work that makes me want to write a poem”, says the Guatemalan poet Humberto Ak’abal. His new book of poems “Ghost Dance” is to be published this coming autumn. In the course of his life, Humberto Ak’abal has been a shepherd, an itinerant salesman and a casual labourer. Today he ranks among the most significant indigenous Latin American authors.

> With Humberto Ak’abal, reading in Maya-K’iche, Aite Ursa Tinga, reading in German and playing the harp, Alexander Brust, curator of the America Department, is the host of the ensuing discussion in German and Spanish.

Entrance fee

In collaboration with BuchBasel

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Opening
Sad Christmas

Opening

Sad Christmas

November 13, 2014

Opening
X
Sad Christmas

Sad Christmas

November 13, 2014, 6.30 p.m.

You are cordially invited.

Free of charge.

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
Sad Christmas

Guided tour

Sad Christmas

November 16, 2014

Guided tour
X
Sad Christmas

Sad Christmas

Yearning for peace

November 16, 2014, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

Christmas at war left nobody emotionally unaffected, as many of the objects on display in the exhibition “Sad Christmas” go to show. They clearly reflect the yearning for peace. The guided tour tells you more about the historical facts behind World War I and how they are interpreted today.

With Dominik Wunderlin
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
The Parrot's Chest

Guided tour

The Parrot's Chest

November 16, 2014

Guided tour
X
The Parrot's Chest

The Parrot's Chest

Folk Art of Latin America

Huipil, Quechquemitl and Rebozo: Precious Textiles from Mexico and Guatemala

November 16, 2014, 3.00 - 4.00 p.m.

Textiles often read like texts. They carry information about the place, the status and the history of the people who make and wear them. The guided tour tells you more about the materials and the textile techniques as well as the stories which the precious cloths on display in the exhibition “The Parrot’s Chest – Folk Art of Latin America” have to tell.

With Annemarie Seiler-Baldinger
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Museum slam
Spirit vessels, shadow plays - 
tracing cultures

Museum slam

Spirit vessels, shadow plays -
tracing cultures

November 20, 2014

Museum slam
X
Spirit vessels, shadow plays - 
tracing cultures

Spirit vessels, shadow plays -
tracing cultures

November 20, 2014, 7.30 p.m.

Slam poets from Switzerland and Germany seek inspiration from the objects on display in the exhibition “Expeditions. The World in a Suitcase” and engage in a slam battle of words and wit. The audience acts as the jury and selects a winner who not only earns fame and glory but also a bottle of whisky.

Poetry slam with Kilian Ziegler (Olten); Remo Zumstein
(Bern); Florian Cieslik (Cologne); Sarah Altenaichinger (Basel); Fatima Moumouni (Zurich); Christoph Simon (Bern). Host: Daniela Dill (Basel)

Free entrance

Programme "Slam Basel" (pdf in german)

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
From Patchwork to Enlightenment

Guided tour

From Patchwork to Enlightenment

November 23, 2014

Guided tour
X
From Patchwork to Enlightenment

From Patchwork to Enlightenment

The Buddhist Monk's Robe

Splendid patchworks – The buddhist robe kesa

November 23, 2014, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

Nuns, monks and priests in Japan wear kesa robes. Each Buddhist tradition and school has its own special form with its own particular meaning. The precious silk cloths they consist of are regarded as a pinnacle of textile art. The guided tour offers expert information on the meaning of the kesa as well as the fabrics they are made of.

With Walter Bruno Brix
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour for visually impaired visitors
From Patchwork to Enlightenment

Guided tour for visually impaired visitors

From Patchwork to Enlightenment

November 23, 2014

Guided tour for visually impaired visitors
X
From Patchwork to Enlightenment

From Patchwork to Enlightenment

The Buddhist Monk's Robe

Splendid patchworks – The buddhist robe kesa

November 23, 2014, 5.00 - 4.00 p.m.

Nuns, monks and priests in Japan wear kesa robes. Each Buddhist tradition and school has its own special form with its own particular meaning. The precious silk cloths they consist of are regarded as a pinnacle of textile art. The guided tour offers expert information on the meaning of the kesa as well as the fabrics they are made of.

With Walter Bruno Brix
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
Sad Christmas

Guided tour

Sad Christmas

November 30, 2014

Guided tour
X
Sad Christmas

Sad Christmas

Yearning for peace

November 30, 2014, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

Christmas at war left nobody emotionally unaffected, as many of the objects on display in the exhibition “Sad Christmas” go to show. They clearly reflect the yearning for peace. The guided tour tells you more about the historical facts behind World War I and how they are interpreted today.

With Dominik Wunderlin
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Grasping anthropology - Guided tour
Sad Christmas

Grasping anthropology - Guided tour

Sad Christmas

December 3, 2014

Grasping anthropology - Guided tour
X
Sad Christmas

Sad Christmas

The invention of the soldiers' tavern

December 3, 2014, 6.00 - 8.00 p.m.

In November 1914 Else Züblin-Spiller opened the first soldiers’ tavern in Bassecourt. Up to the end of 1919 there were roughly one thousand of these special inns. It was a place where soldiers spent their leisure time and where they got reasonable but healthy food. The non-profit organization “Schweizer Verband Soldatenwohl” later became the SV-Service and is known today as the SV Group and is the leading public catering service. The guided tour through the exhibition “Sad Christmas” tells you more about the story behind the success of the soldiers’ taverns.

With Dominik Wunderlin, curator of the exhibition.
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Introduction for teachers
StrawGold

Introduction for teachers

StrawGold

December 3, 2014

Introduction for teachers
X
StrawGold

StrawGold

Cultural Transformations Rendered Visible

Presentation in the exhibition

December 3, 2014, 4.30 - 5.30 p.m.

The exhibition StrawGold provides an opportunity to address themes such as global (ex)change relationships including trade, colonialism and tourism. Viewing and reflecting on single objects and their histories is a way of uncovering the contexts in which they operated. On a short guided tour, teachers receive an introduction to the new permanent exhibition. The event also includes a presentation of the offers for schools, adapted to different grades. The Museum der Kulturen Basel understands itself as an extracurricular place of learning with the aim of promoting interdisciplinary competences.

> in german

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
The Parrot's Chest

Guided tour

The Parrot's Chest

December 7, 2014

Guided tour
X
The Parrot's Chest

The Parrot's Chest

Folk Art of Latin America

The Haitian cock and other collector stories

December 7, 2014, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

Ever since his first journey to Latin America from 1959 to 1962, folk art has held Valentin Jaquet captive. To him the artefacts of this tradition are not only full of humour and poetry, they also express pleasure, dreams, hopes and fears. He knows a story to each and every piece. On the guided tour Valentin Jaquet provides a glimpse into the parrot’s chest.

With Valentin Jaquet, collector and curator of the exhibition “The Parrot’s Chest – Folk Art of Latin America.”
> in german

Free entrance

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Workshop for kids
StrawGold

Workshop for kids

StrawGold

December 7, 2014

Workshop for kids
X
StrawGold

StrawGold

Cultural Transformations Rendered Visible

Paper magic

December 7, 2014, 1.00 - 5.00 p.m.

Christmas is the time for presents. We make from old newspapers, notepads, photocopies and used brown and tissue paper our own, new wrapping paper.

>With Regina Mathez.
for kids of 6 and older

Material CHF 5.-

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
From Patchwork to Enlightenment

Guided tour

From Patchwork to Enlightenment

December 14, 2014

Guided tour
X
From Patchwork to Enlightenment

From Patchwork to Enlightenment

The Buddhist Monk's Robe

Splendid patchworks – The buddhist robe kesa

December 14, 2014, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

Nuns, monks and priests in Japan wear kesa robes. Each Buddhist tradition and school has its own special form with its own particular meaning. The precious silk cloths they consist of are regarded as a pinnacle of textile art. The guided tour offers expert information on the meaning of the kesa as well as the fabrics they are made of.

With Margrit Gontha
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
Sad Christmas

Guided tour

Sad Christmas

December 21, 2014

Guided tour
X
Sad Christmas

Sad Christmas

Yearning for peace

December 21, 2014, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

Christmas at war left nobody emotionally unaffected, as many of the objects on display in the exhibition “Sad Christmas” go to show. They clearly reflect the yearning for peace. The guided tour tells you more about the historical facts behind World War I and how they are interpreted today.

With Dominik Wunderlin
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
StrawGold

Guided tour

StrawGold

December 28, 2014

Guided tour
X
StrawGold

StrawGold

Cultural Transformations Rendered Visible

December 28, 2014, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

Who invented the famous paisley pattern? Did the textile mills in the Scottish town of Paisley really give the now global pattern its name? Or was it textile producers from Glarus in Switzerland? Maybe even designers at Nike, Gucci or Etro? Or does it actually go back to Indian or Persian weavers? The guided tour tells you more about items we use on a daily basis, their global entanglement and the appropriation of objects.

With Reingard Dirscherl
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
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