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Exhibitions
Big
Things Interpretations Dimensions

Starting July 1, 2016

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
Striking patterns
Global Traces in local Ikat Fashion Design

October 21, 2016 -
march 26, 2017

Striking patterns
From Cinnamon to star
Haevenly fragrances from all corners of the world

November 18, 2016 - January 8, 2017

From Cinnamon to star
 
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
Guided Tour
Staying in Line

Guided Tour

Staying in Line

October 2, 2016

Guided Tour
X
Staying in Line
Staying in Line
Single objects in series
October 2, 2016, 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? Why is an Indonesian Tunjung guardian figure only effective as part of a group?

With Tabea Buri
> in german

Entrance free

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Open workshop for kids
BIG

Open workshop for kids

BIG

October 2, 2016

Open workshop for kids
X
BIG
BIG
Things Interpretations Dimensions
Large and small crocodiles
October 2, 2016, 1.00 - 5.00 p.m.

The exhibition BIG is populated by crocodiles and other huge creatures and figures. From cardboard we create small and large, tame and dangerous crocodiles.

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

Material CHF 5.00

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Lecture
GRASPING ANTHROPOLOGY

Lecture

GRASPING ANTHROPOLOGY

October 5, 2016

Lecture
X
GRASPING ANTHROPOLOGY
GRASPING ANTHROPOLOGY
In search of ikat
October 5, 2016, 06.00 - 08.00 p.m.

The wonderful ikat cloths from Eastern Indonesia and Timor Leste have not yet taken their definite place in the new exhibition, giving us the chance to inspect them from close up, just two weeks before the show Striking Patterns officially opens. The two curators tell of their search for the right pieces and present to the audience new as well as old examples of this vibrant form of textile art.

Willemijn de Jong and Richard Kunz, curators of the exhibition Striking Patterns, in discussion with Sabine Rotach
> in german

Entrance fee

Link to "Grasping anthropology"

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided Tour
BIG

Guided Tour

BIG

October 9, 2016

Guided Tour
X
BIG
BIG
Things Interpretations Dimensions
October 9, 2016, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

Big doesn’t always mean the same thing. The guided tour through the exhibition BIG tells you more about the cultural dimensions of bigness, power and status being two good examples. But how is size defined and measured? What’s so impressive about big things?

With Reingard Dirscherl
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided Tour
Staying in Line

Guided Tour

Staying in Line

October 16, 2016

Guided Tour
X
Staying in Line
Staying in Line
Single objects in series
October 16, 2016, 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? Why is an Indonesian Tunjung guardian figure only effective as part of a group?

With Reingard Dirscherl
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Opening
Striking Patterns

Opening

Striking Patterns

October 20, 2016

Opening
X
Striking Patterns
Striking Patterns
Global Traces in local Ikat Fashion Design
October 20, 2016, 6.30 p.m.

You are cordially invited.

Free of charge

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Discussion forum
IKAT DESIGN WITH A PERSPECTIVE

Discussion forum

IKAT DESIGN WITH A PERSPECTIVE

October 21, 2016

Discussion forum
X
IKAT DESIGN WITH A PERSPECTIVE
IKAT DESIGN WITH A PERSPECTIVE
October 21, 2016, 02.00 - 06.00 p.m.

Indonesian weavers have transformed the technique of ikat into an art form. Since time immemorial the patterns created by tying and dyeing warp threads have incorporated and reflected foreign influences, current events and fashion trends. Together with a group of international textile experts the curators explore the future potential of (trans-)local weaving and the art of ikat in Southeast Asia.

With Richard Kunz and Willemijn de Jong, curator and co-curator of the exhibition Striking Patterns; Alfonsa Horeng, head of the weaving cooperative Lepo Lorun, Flores, Indonesia; Notty J. Mahdi, Alumna Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia; Rosalia M. Soares, Timor Aid, Dili, Timor Leste; Joanna Barrkman, PhD researcher ANU, Canberra, Australia; Roy W. Hamilton, former curator Fowler Museum, LA, USA.
> in english

Entrance fee

Please register by 14.10.2016 at info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch or under 061 266 56 32

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided Tour
Striking Patterns

Guided Tour

Striking Patterns

October 23, 2016

Guided Tour
X
Striking Patterns
Striking Patterns
Global Traces in local Ikat Fashion Design
October 23, 2016, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon


How is it done? The yarn is dyed in different colours and, when woven, the cloth suddenly features an array of different figures and patterns! The technique of ikat weaving is highly developed, especially in Eastern Indonesia and Timor-Leste. Come and get to know some of the old as well as new examples of this fascinating textile art and learn about the mode of production, the designs and the impact the cloths have.

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

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided Tour
StrawGold

Guided Tour

StrawGold

October 30, 2016

Guided Tour
X
StrawGold
StrawGold
Cultural Transformations Rendered Visible
October 30, 2016, 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. The exhibition StrawGold tells you more about these fascinating entanglements.

With Elisabeth Wilhelm
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Wednesday matinee
Fried or unfried

Wednesday matinee

Fried or unfried

November 2, 2016

Wednesday matinee
X
Fried or unfried
Fried or unfried
November 2, 2016, 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

On display in the exhibition Staying in Line are objects made of earth or clay. They come from places such as Mexico, Papua New Guinea and Burkina Faso. We look at the different ways of processing wet clay – from a technical as well as an anthropological perspective.

With co-curator Tabea Buri and conservator Stephanie Wümmers
> in german

Entrance CHF 10.- / 5.-

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Lecture
GRASPING ANTHROPOLOGY

Lecture

GRASPING ANTHROPOLOGY

November 2, 2016

Lecture
X
GRASPING ANTHROPOLOGY
GRASPING ANTHROPOLOGY
Serial Junkies
November 2, 2016, 06.00 - 08.00 p.m.

Who in the end will capture the Iron Throne? Who is the junior doctor in love with? When will the drug dealer’s double life finally be exposed? Episodes of TV series usually end with a cliffhanger, making us anxious not to miss next week’s adventures. We take a closer look at the mechanisms of television series and explore the “serial junkie tribe”.

Brigitte Frizzoni, lecturer at ISEK University of Zurich, and Tabea Buri, co-curator of the exhibition Staying in Line, in discussion with Sabine Rotach
> in german

Entrance fee

Link to "Grasping anthropology"

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Workshop for adults
StrawGold

Workshop for adults

StrawGold

November 5, 2016

Workshop for adults
X
StrawGold
StrawGold
Cultural Transformations Rendered Visible
Simply paper
November 5, 2016, 11.00 a.m. - 04.00 p.m.

What do paper and textiles have in common, and how does one make a paper textile? The workshop introduces you to the fascinating world of paper textiles. Discover by way of experimentation the many ways of making paper fabrics. By twisting, cutting, weaving and knotting, old pieces of paper are transformed into something new. The emphasis of this workshop is on experimenting and experiencing the transformation.

With Anna Cordasco, Regina Mathez and Stephanie Lovász
> in german

CHF 95.-

Please register by 28.10.2016 at info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch
or under 061 266 56 32
Please bring along: pieces of old paper, scissors, cutter, set square, ruler and a snack for yourself

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided Tour
Striking Patterns

Guided Tour

Striking Patterns

November 6, 2016

Guided Tour
X
Striking Patterns
Striking Patterns
Global Traces in local Ikat Fashion Design
November 6, 2016, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

How is it done? The yarn is dyed in different colours and, when woven, the cloth suddenly features an array of different figures and patterns! The technique of ikat weaving is highly developed, especially in Eastern Indonesia and Timor-Leste. Come and get to know some of the old as well as new examples of this fascinating textile art and learn about the mode of production, the designs and the impact the cloths have.

With Sabine Rotach
> in german

Entrance free

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Open workshop for kids
Striking Patterns

Open workshop for kids

Striking Patterns

November 6, 2016

Open workshop for kids
X
Striking Patterns
Striking Patterns
Global Traces in local Ikat Fashion Design
What is Ikat?
November 6, 2016, 1.00 - 5.00 p.m.

Ikat is an Indonesian term and means “to tie”. The threads are tied and dyed before weaving. The result is a set of fascinating patterns. We make a fanfold from paper and trim it with ikat cloth.

With Regina Mathez
> in german

CHF 5.- Material

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided Tour in spoken and sign language
Striking Patterns

Guided Tour in spoken and sign language

Striking Patterns

November 6, 2016

Guided Tour in spoken and sign language
X
Striking Patterns
Striking Patterns
Global Traces in local Ikat Fashion Design
November 6, 2016, 03.00 - 04.00 p.m.

How is it done? The yarn is dyed in different colours and, when woven, the cloth suddenly features an array of different figures and patterns! The technique of ikat weaving is highly developed, especially in Eastern Indonesia and Timor-Leste. Come and get to know some of the old as well as new examples of this fascinating textile art and learn about the mode of production, the designs and the impact the cloths have.

With Lua Leirner
> in spoken and sign language
> in german

Entrance free

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided Tour
BIG

Guided Tour

BIG

November 13, 2016

Guided Tour
X
BIG
BIG
Things Interpretations Dimensions
November 13, 2016, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

Big doesn’t always mean the same thing. The guided tour through the exhibition BIG tells you more about the cultural dimensions of bigness, power and status being two good examples. But how is size defined and measured? What’s so impressive about big things?

With Sarah Labhardt
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided Tour
FROM CINNAMON TO STAR

Guided Tour

FROM CINNAMON TO STAR

November 20, 2016

Guided Tour
X
FROM CINNAMON TO STAR
FROM CINNAMON TO STAR
Heavenly fragrances from all corners of the world
November 20, 2016, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

All the pastries we enjoy during the Christmas season contain special ingredients and spices, adding to the typical Christmas mood. But where do these spices actually come from? What stories have they to tell and how do they get to us?

With Dominik Wunderlin, curator of the exhibition From Cinnamon to Star
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided Tour
Striking Patterns

Guided Tour

Striking Patterns

November 27, 2016

Guided Tour
X
Striking Patterns
Striking Patterns
Global Traces in local Ikat Fashion Design
November 27, 2016, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

How is it done? The yarn is dyed in different colours and, when woven, the cloth suddenly features an array of different figures and patterns! The technique of ikat weaving is highly developed, especially in Eastern Indonesia and Timor-Leste. Come and get to know some of the old as well as new examples of this fascinating textile art and learn about the mode of production, the designs and the impact the cloths have.

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

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Open workshop for kids
FROM CINNAMON TO STAR

Open workshop for kids

FROM CINNAMON TO STAR

December 4, 2016

Open workshop for kids
X
FROM CINNAMON TO STAR
FROM CINNAMON TO STAR
Heavenly fragrances from all corners of the world
A FRAGRANT GIFT
December 4, 2016, 1.00 - 5.00 p.m.

We make our own special Christmas tee using different spices, fill the mixture into teabags and create a special wrapping.

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

Material CHF 5.-

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided Tour in spoken and sign language
FROM CINNAMON TO STAR

Guided Tour in spoken and sign language

FROM CINNAMON TO STAR

December 4, 2016

Guided Tour in spoken and sign language
X
FROM CINNAMON TO STAR
FROM CINNAMON TO STAR
Heavenly fragrances from all corners of the world
December 4, 2016, 03.00 - 04.00 p.m.

All the pastries we enjoy during the Christmas season contain special ingredients and spices, adding to the typical Christmas mood. But where do these spices actually come from? What stories have they to tell and how do they get to us?

With Lua Leirner
> in sign and spoken language
> in german

Entrance free

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided Tour
StrawGold

Guided Tour

StrawGold

December 4, 2016

Guided Tour
X
StrawGold
StrawGold
Cultural Transformations Rendered Visible
December 4, 2016, 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. The exhibition StrawGold tells you more about these fascinating entanglements.

With Nadja Breger
> in german

Entrance free

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Lecture
GRASPING ANTHROPOLOGY

Lecture

GRASPING ANTHROPOLOGY

December 7, 2016

Lecture
X
GRASPING ANTHROPOLOGY
GRASPING ANTHROPOLOGY
The saffron war
December 7, 2016, 06.00 - 08.00 p.m.

Undoubtedly spices are costly, but in earlier days they sold at exorbitant prices. The spice trade was an extremely lucrative business but often also the cause of strife, murder and war. Even in the Basel area, where, in 1374, the raid on a merchant’s train led to the so-called Saffron War. This historical event as well as the general significance of the spice trade for Basel are just two of the topics of this evening’s lecture.

With Dominik Wunderlin, curator of the exhibition From Cinnamon to Star
> in german

Entrance fee

Link to "Grasping anthropology"

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour for kids
FROM CINNAMON TO STAR

Guided tour for kids

FROM CINNAMON TO STAR

December 11, 2016

Guided tour for kids
X
FROM CINNAMON TO STAR
FROM CINNAMON TO STAR
Heavenly fragrances from all corners of the world
December 11, 2016, 10.45 a.m. - 12.00 noon

Viewing the same exhibition 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 From Cinnamon to Star. Heavenly Fragrances from All Corners of the World.

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

Material CHF 5.-

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour for adults
FROM CINNAMON TO STAR

Guided tour for adults

FROM CINNAMON TO STAR

December 11, 2016

Guided tour for adults
X
FROM CINNAMON TO STAR
FROM CINNAMON TO STAR
Heavenly fragrances from all corners of the world
December 11, 2016, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

Viewing the same exhibition 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 From Cinnamon to Star. Heavenly Fragrances from All Corners of the World.

With Elisabeth Wilhelm and Regina Mathez
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided Tour
FROM CINNAMON TO STAR

Guided Tour

FROM CINNAMON TO STAR

December 18, 2016

Guided Tour
X
FROM CINNAMON TO STAR
FROM CINNAMON TO STAR
Heavenly fragrances from all corners of the world
December 18, 2016, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

All the pastries we enjoy during the Christmas season contain special ingredients and spices, adding to the typical Christmas mood. But where do these spices actually come from? What stories have they to tell and how do they get to us?

With Dominik Wunderlin, curator of the exhibition From Cinnamon to Star
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided Tour
BIG

Guided Tour

BIG

December 25, 2016

Guided Tour
X
BIG
BIG
Things Interpretations Dimensions
December 25, 2016, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

Big doesn’t always mean the same thing. The guided tour through the exhibition BIG tells you more about the cultural dimensions of bigness, power and status being two good examples. But how is size defined and measured? What’s so impressive about big things?

With Sabine Rotach
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
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