Exhibitions

Sad Christmas

Christmas Exhibition
November 14, 2014 - January 11, 2015

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

The Carnival of Basel

Permanent Exhibition

Special Events

Night of the Museums

January 16, 2015, 6.00 p.m. - 2.00 a.m.

Cultural Dialogue

Preview

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
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
Guided tour
From Patchwork to Enlightenment

Guided tour

From Patchwork to Enlightenment

January 4, 2015

Guided tour
X
From Patchwork to Enlightenment

From Patchwork to Enlightenment

The Buddhist Monk's Robe

Splendid patchworks – The buddhist robe kesa

January 4, 2015, 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 are regarded as a pinnacle of textile art. The guided tour tells you more about kesa and the fabrics they are made of.

With Walter Bruno Brix
> in german

Entrance fee

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

Guided tour for the visually impaired

From Patchwork to Enlightenment

January 4, 2015

Guided tour for the visually impaired
X
From Patchwork to Enlightenment

From Patchwork to Enlightenment

The Buddhist Monk's Robe

Splendid patchworks – The buddhist robe kesa

January 4, 2015, 15.00 p. m. - 16.00 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 are regarded as a pinnacle of textile art. The guided tour tells you more about kesa and the fabrics they are made of.

With Walter Bruno Brix
> in german

Entrance fee

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

Workshop for kids

The Parrot's Chest

January 4, 2015

Workshop for kids
X
The Parrot's Chest

The Parrot's Chest

Folk Art of Latin America

Three Kings from Mexico

January 4, 2015, 1.00 p. m. - 5.00 p. m.

The exhibition “The Parrot’s Chest” showcases many crib figures from Latin America. For Epiphany we make a king’s figure from tinfoil and decorate it with gold, precious stones and colours. The figure will come up trumps as a table decoration on Epiphany.

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

Material CHF 5.-

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Grasping anthropology
NEUTRAL? COLONIAL?

Grasping anthropology

NEUTRAL? COLONIAL?

January 7, 2015

Grasping anthropology
X
NEUTRAL? COLONIAL?

NEUTRAL? COLONIAL?

THE BASEL “ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION” AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR

January 7, 2015, 6.00 p. m. - 8.00 p. m.

During the First World War many of the far-off European colonies experienced armed conflict and occupations. The fighting also had its effect on the work of ethnographic collection.
Lukas Cladders, researcher in the project “The Basel Ethnographic Museum, 1914-1945” (supported by the Georges und Mirjam Kinzel-Fonds) presents examples from the museum’s holdings and discusses his findings with Prof. Dr Madeleine Herren-Oesch, historian and director of the Institute for European Global Studies.

> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Zen Meditation
From Patchwork to Enlightenment

Zen Meditation

From Patchwork to Enlightenment

January 7, 2015

Zen Meditation
X
From Patchwork to Enlightenment

From Patchwork to Enlightenment

The Buddhist Monk's Robe

Zen Meditation on Wednesdays

January 7, 2015, 6.30 p. m. - 7.00 p. m.

Meditation forms part of the spiritual practice in many cultures. The Zen practice is called zazen; this means sitting motionlessly, concentrating on the body’s posture and breathing and focussing on the here and now.

With the Zen monks Christoph Martin and Volker Herskamp, Zen Dojo Basel.
No experience required; bring along a meditation cushion if you have one.

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Last guided tour
Sad Christmas

Last guided tour

Sad Christmas

January 11, 2015

Last guided tour
X
Sad Christmas

Sad Christmas

Yearning for peace

January 11, 2015, 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
Last guided tour
The Parrot's Chest

Last guided tour

The Parrot's Chest

January 18, 2015

Last guided tour
X
The Parrot's Chest

The Parrot's Chest

Folk Art of Latin America

Haitian cockerels and other collector's stories

January 18, 2015, 11.00 a. m. - 12.00 noon

Ever since his first trip to Latin America from 1960 to 1963, Valentin Jaquet has been fascinated by folk art objects. To him these wonderful artworks, full of humour and poetry, reflect people’s dreams, fears, joys and yearnings. To each object he has a thrilling story to tell. Join in and let yourself be enchanted! With Valentin Jaquet, collector and curator of the exhibition “The Parrot’s Chest”.

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

Workshop for kids

The Parrot's Chest

January 18, 2015

Workshop for kids
X
The Parrot's Chest

The Parrot's Chest

Folk Art of Latin America

Bling-bling bottle caps

January 18, 2015, 1.00 p. m. - 5.00 p. m.

The colourful Latin American house altars look splendid. We gather inspiration in the exhibition “The Parrot’s Chest” and then go on to make shiny medals from bottle caps and other decorative materials.

With Regina Mathez
> in german

Material CHF 5.-

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
TOP 10

Guided tour

TOP 10

January 25, 2015

Guided tour
X
TOP 10

TOP 10

January 25, 2015, 11.00 a. m. - 12.00 noon

The most valuable, the most famous, and the most popular exhibit. The Top-10 tour traces ten selected objects in the exhibitions “Expeditions” and “StrawGold”. The selection reveals that not only have the collection interests and the scientific perceptions changed in the course of time, but also the visitors’ preferences.

With Tabea Buri
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
TOP 10

Guided tour

TOP 10

January 25, 2015

Guided tour
X
TOP 10

TOP 10

January 25, 2015, 11.00 a. m. - 12.00 noon

The most valuable, the most famous, and the most popular exhibit. The Top-10 tour traces ten selected objects in the exhibitions “Expeditions” and “StrawGold”. The selection reveals that not only have the collection interests and the scientific perceptions changed in the course of time, but also the visitors’ preferences.

With Tabea Buri
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
StrawGold

Guided tour

StrawGold

February 1, 2015

Guided tour
X
StrawGold

StrawGold

Cultural Transformations Rendered Visible

Necklace & Boshi-Shibori. Objects for "Museums Basel creating recipes"

February 1, 2015, 11.00 a. m. - 12.00 noon

Global fashion and fusion kitchen: Across borders and boundaries objects, materials and techniques as well as artistic, religious and political concepts, are seized upon, recast and creatively woven into new cultural contexts and everyday settings. In the project “museums basel creating recipes” visitors are asked to chose an exhibited object and let it inspire them to create a new recipe. Learn more about “necklace & boshi-shibori” and give free reign to your imagination as to how a selected object could be interpreted in cooking terms.

With Stephanie Lovász.
> in german

Entrance fee

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

Guided tour in spoken and sign language

StrawGold

February 1, 2015

Guided tour in spoken and sign language
X
StrawGold

StrawGold

Cultural Transformations Rendered Visible

February 1, 2015, 3.00 p. m. - 4.00 p. m.

Across the world, objects, ideas and techniques have forever passed from one culture to the next. But why make a Bavarian dirndl from African wax prints? And, what is African about these cloths in the first place? Get to know more about such entangled stories in the exhibition StrawGold.

With Lua Leirner
> in spoken and sign language

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Workshop for kids
The carnival of Basel

Workshop for kids

The carnival of Basel

February 1, 2015

Workshop for kids
X
The carnival of Basel

The carnival of Basel

"I bet you don't recognize me!"

February 1, 2015, 1.00 p. m. - 5.00 p. m.

Masking is a common feature in many cultures across the world. In search of ideas we take a walk through the museum and then go on to make our own masks. We decorate or paper masks with water-resistant colours, pieces of cloth, lace, tulle and scraps of fur. A real eye-catcher!

With Regina Mathez
> in german

Material CHF 5.-

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Grasping anthropology with nibbles
Grasping Anthropology

Grasping anthropology with nibbles

Grasping Anthropology

February 4, 2015

Grasping anthropology with nibbles
X
Grasping Anthropology

Grasping Anthropology

February 4, 2015, 6.00 p. m. - 8.00 p. m.

Nature offers a multitude of items that are used in the kitchen as well as for restoring works of art. The workshop provides insight into the many ways things like honey, curd, fish, flour and parsley, to name but a few, are used to conserve and restore museum objects. At the same time, the same items are served in the form of delicious nibbles.

With Claudia Geissmann, Department of Conservation and Restoration, and Peter Sattler, Museum Bistro.
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Zen Meditation
From Patchwork to Enlightenment

Zen Meditation

From Patchwork to Enlightenment

February 4, 2015

Zen Meditation
X
From Patchwork to Enlightenment

From Patchwork to Enlightenment

The Buddhist Monk's Robe

Zen Meditation on Wednesdays

February 4, 2015, 6.30 p. m. - 7.00 p. m.

Meditation forms part of the spiritual practice in many cultures. The Zen practice is called zazen; this means sitting motionlessly, concentrating on the body’s posture and breathing and focussing on the here and now.

With the Zen monks Christoph Martin and Volker Herskamp, Zen Dojo Basel.
No experience required; bring along a meditation cushion if you have one.

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
From Patchwork to Enlightenment

Guided tour

From Patchwork to Enlightenment

February 8, 2015

Guided tour
X
From Patchwork to Enlightenment

From Patchwork to Enlightenment

The Buddhist Monk's Robe

Splendid patchworks – The buddhist robe kesa

February 8, 2015, 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 are regarded as a pinnacle of textile art. The guided tour tells you more about kesa and the fabrics they are made of.

With Walter Bruno Brix
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
The carnival of Basel

Guided tour

The carnival of Basel

February 15, 2015

Guided tour
X
The carnival of Basel

The carnival of Basel

February 15, 2015, 11.00 a. m. - 12.00 noon

Since 2004 this exhibition provides an overview of Basel Fasnacht (carnival)
in historic and atmospheric rooms: Costumes, masks, musical instruments,
historical documents and a reproduction of a typical “carnival”.

With Dominik Wunderlin
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Visite guidée
The carnival of Basel

Visite guidée

The carnival of Basel

February 15, 2015

Visite guidée
X
The carnival of Basel

The carnival of Basel

February 15, 2015, 3.00 p. m. - 4.00 p. m.

L’exposition ouverte en 2004 montre un aperçu général du Carnaval de Bâle
dans des salles historiques à l’atmosphère particulière: costumes, masques,
instruments de musique, documents historiques ainsi qu’un typique „Local
de carnaval“.

Avec Liliane Vindret
> in french

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour for adults
The carnival of Basel

Guided tour for adults

The carnival of Basel

February 22, 2015

Guided tour for adults
X
The carnival of Basel

The carnival of Basel

February 22, 2015, 11.00 a. m. - 12.00 noon

Viewing the same objects but seeing things differently and then talking with each other about the experience, is the whole point of the family tandem tours. Children and adults set off on separate guided tours through the exhibition. While the adults spend longer in the exhibition, the children visit a workshop where they make things that reflect themes of the exhibition, in this case the “Basel Carnival”.

With Dominik Wunderlin, Curator of the exhibition, and Margrit Gontha.
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour for kids
The carnival of Basel

Guided tour for kids

The carnival of Basel

February 22, 2015

Guided tour for kids
X
The carnival of Basel

The carnival of Basel

February 22, 2015, 10.45 a. m. - 12.00 noon

Viewing the same objects but seeing things differently and then talking with each other about the experience, is the whole point of the family tandem tours. Children and adults set off on separate guided tours through the exhibition. While the adults spend longer in the exhibition, the children visit a workshop where they make things that reflect themes of the exhibition, in this case the “Basel Carnival”.

With Dominik Wunderlin, Curator of the exhibition, and Margrit Gontha.
> in german

Material CHF 5.-

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Workshop for kids
StrawGold

Workshop for kids

StrawGold

March 1, 2015

Workshop for kids
X
StrawGold

StrawGold

Cultural Transformations Rendered Visible

March 1, 2015, 1.00 p. m. - 5.00 p. m.

Who invented the Paisley pattern? Was it the textile mills in Paisley, Scotland, that gave the pattern its name? A cloth manufacturer from Glarus? Or some designer at Nike or Gucci? Or even some unknown Persian or Indian weaver? In the exhibition StrawGold we trace the famous pattern’s journey round the world. We create our own Paisley pattern and paint it on cloth or paper. What comes out is “Glarner Tüechli” which you can then wear as a headband or scarf.

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

Material CHF 5.-

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
TOP 10

Guided tour

TOP 10

March 1, 2015

Guided tour
X
TOP 10

TOP 10

March 1, 2015, 11.00 a. m. - 12.00 noon

The most valuable, the most famous, and the most popular exhibit. The Top-10 tour traces ten selected objects in the exhibitions “Expeditions” and “StrawGold”. The selection reveals that not only have the collection interests and the scientific perceptions changed in the course of time, but also the visitors’ preferences.

With Tabea Buri
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
TOP 10

Guided tour

TOP 10

March 1, 2015

Guided tour
X
TOP 10

TOP 10

March 1, 2015, 11.00 a. m. - 12.00 noon

The most valuable, the most famous, and the most popular exhibit. The Top-10 tour traces ten selected objects in the exhibitions “Expeditions” and “StrawGold”. The selection reveals that not only have the collection interests and the scientific perceptions changed in the course of time, but also the visitors’ preferences.

With Tabea Buri
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Talk and meditation
From Patchwork to Enlightenment

Talk and meditation

From Patchwork to Enlightenment

March 4, 2015

Talk and meditation
X
From Patchwork to Enlightenment

From Patchwork to Enlightenment

The Buddhist Monk's Robe

The tibetan monk's robe

March 4, 2015, 6.00 p. m. - 8.00 p. m.

Buddhism knows different forms of monk’s robes. Colour, shape, make and material form a communication system in its own right, with a grammar of its own.
Laoteng Dahortsang, Buddhist meditation instructor, and Walter Bruno Brix, expert on Asian textiles, introduce you to the sacred robe’s symbolic language. The presentation is followed by a meditation session.

With Walter Bruno Brix and Loten Dahortsang
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
StrawGold

Guided tour

StrawGold

March 8, 2015

Guided tour
X
StrawGold

StrawGold

Cultural Transformations Rendered Visible

March 8, 2015, 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 Franziska Jenni
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
Expeditions

Guided tour

Expeditions

March 15, 2015

Guided tour
X
Expeditions

Expeditions

The world in a suitcase

Thirsty for Knowledge and Hungry for Travel: The Expeditions of the Early Anthropologists F. & P. Sarasin and A. Bühler

March 15, 2015, 11.00 a. m. - 12.00 noon

Thirsty for knowledge and desire to travel were traits common to the early Basel anthropologists Fritz and Paul Sarasin as well as to Alfred Bühler. But they differed in terms of scientific method. While the Sarasins’ approached the Vedda people of Sri Lanka in 1883 from a natural scientific perspective, Alfred Bühler in 1935 began searching for the systematic order of cultural technologies in Timor. Each expedition reflects the scientific practice and culture of its time.

With Richard Kunz
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Wednesday matinee
From Patchwork to Enlightenment

Wednesday matinee

From Patchwork to Enlightenment

March 18, 2015

Wednesday matinee
X
From Patchwork to Enlightenment

From Patchwork to Enlightenment

The Buddhist Monk's Robe

The kesa - more than simply a robe

March 18, 2015, 10.00 a. m. - 12.00 noon

Buddhism knows different forms of monk’s robes, so-called kesa. The colours, forms, materials and the way they are made stands for a communication system with a grammar of its own. Walter Bruno Brix understands these “codes” and will “read” to you from the textiles. This East Asian matinee is rounded off with green tea as well as a bit of creative work on your part.

With Regina Mathez
> in german

CHF 10.-/5.-

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Opening
Opium

Opening

Opium

March 19, 2015

Opening
X
Opium

Opium

March 19, 2015, 6.30 p. m.

You are cordially invited.

Free of charge

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> PDF
Workshop
KESA PATCHWORK

Workshop

KESA PATCHWORK

March 21, 2015

Workshop
X
KESA PATCHWORK

KESA PATCHWORK

Both days 11.00 a. m. - 4.00 p. m.

March 21, 2015 – March 22, 2015

The Buddhist monk’s robe kesa is an interesting kind of patchwork. It is sewn together from cloth strips of different length that previously served a different purpose – an early form a recycling, so to speak. The colours, forms, materials and methods of manufacture contain specific meanings and messages. Making a kesa follows strict rules. In the workshop you learn about these rules and then the participant gets down to work on their own individual project which they finish by the end of the workshop.

With Walter Bruno Brix, curator of the exhibition “From Patchwork to Enlightenment”, and Regina Mathez
> in german

Two-day workshop for adults, both days 11.00 a. m. - 4.00 p. m.
Please register until Mon 16.3. 2015 at info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch or under 061 266 56 32

Please bring with you the following materials:
Two pieces of cloth in contrasting colours for the fields and strips at the garment’s front, e.g. linen, cotton, wool, mixed fibres, silk (either plain or patterned), 1.5 to 2 metres long (please no velvet, no stretch material, and no thick, heavy or stiff cloths). You will also need: pins, silk buttonhole yarn in different colours (thicker linen yarn will also do)
➜ For questions concerning cloth: brixwalter@gmx.notexisting@nodomain.comde

> Kalendereintrag
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Guided tour
Opium

Guided tour

Opium

March 22, 2015

Guided tour
X
Opium

Opium

March 22, 2015, 11.00 a. m. - 12.00 noon

Opium – ritual symbol, medicine, popular drug, source of inspiration for artists and hedonists, foreign filth, brown fairy, sacred smoke, satanic devilry – there is hardly an epithet that has not been given to this drug. The guided tour tells you how these attributes arose and how people have seen and judged this ancient drug across the centuries.

With Doris Buddenberg, curator of the exhibition.
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Last guided tour
From Patchwork to Enlightenment

Last guided tour

From Patchwork to Enlightenment

March 22, 2015

Last guided tour
X
From Patchwork to Enlightenment

From Patchwork to Enlightenment

The Buddhist Monk's Robe

Splendid patchworks – The buddhist robe kesa

March 22, 2015, 3.00 p. m. - 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 are regarded as a pinnacle of textile art. The guided tour tells you more about kesa and the fabrics they are made of.

With Walter Bruno Brix
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
TOP 10

Guided tour

TOP 10

March 29, 2015

Guided tour
X
TOP 10

TOP 10

March 29, 2015, 11.00 a. m. - 12.00 noon

The most valuable, the most famous, and the most popular exhibit. The Top-10 tour traces ten selected objects in the exhibitions “Expeditions” and “StrawGold”. The selection reveals that not only have the collection interests and the scientific perceptions changed in the course of time, but also the visitors’ preferences.

With Tabea Buri
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
TOP 10

Guided tour

TOP 10

March 29, 2015

Guided tour
X
TOP 10

TOP 10

March 29, 2015, 11.00 a. m. - 12.00 noon

The most valuable, the most famous, and the most popular exhibit. The Top-10 tour traces ten selected objects in the exhibitions “Expeditions” and “StrawGold”. The selection reveals that not only have the collection interests and the scientific perceptions changed in the course of time, but also the visitors’ preferences.

With Tabea Buri
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
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