Cultural Transformations Rendered Visible
Starting 25.10. 2014 / Permanent ExhibitionWhy is a Bavarian dirndl tailored from African waxprint cloths? Moreover, what is African about these cloths? Can it be that in southern Asia and the Himalayan region the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara is represented by a male being, while in Japan the same bodhisattva is worshipped in female form named Kannon Bosatsu. The second permanent exhibition titled StrawGold focuses on cultural appropriation and transformation processes. Items of everyday use, technologies, materials, political ideas as well as religious beliefs spread not only across regions, but across the entire world. In their new settings they are gradually absorbed and creatively woven into new cultural contexts.
In ten stations the exhibition addresses different themes, such as upcycling, fashion, religious interrelationships and (hi)stories of global economic entanglement, through to rites of passage.
Since cultural transformation processes belong to the constants in life, changes are also made to two of the exhibition galleries each year. In the opening gallery alternating artists are showcased with a work which, in some way or another, was inspired by an object in our collections. The last gallery in the exhibition is redesigned twice a year in order to address further themes or to enlarge upon special aspects of the exhibition – either in the form of shows designed alongside with collaborative partners or in workshops in which visitors are invited to engage and convert an item of everyday use into something new and special.
The Exhibition plays host to
OUT OF THE BLUE IN JAPANESE
As from Tue 3.10.2017
Shibori means to press, turn, and squeeze – an indication how this Japanese textile technique works: before the cloth is dyed, small and large dots and circles are tied and sewn into the cloth. Size and refinement of the patterns define the quality of the finished garment. We asked class 6c of the primary school Neubad in Basel to learn this technique, create their own designs and showcase them in the museum. You’ll be surprised! – Konnichiwa.
KNOTS AND HITCHES - Join-in workshop
As from Sun 5.11.2017
We know a myriad of different knots and hitches: for tying up, joining, mooring, looping, or daisy chaining, etc. Knots and hitches are used in climbing, sailing, handiwork as well as for neckties. In this workshop you learn about the tangled world of knots, try your hand at knotting and together create an extensive knotted work.