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Exhibition

StrawGold

Cultural Transformations Rendered Visible

Starting 25.10. 2014 / Permanent Exhibition  

Why 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

HOCHSCHULE FÜR GESTALTUNG UND KUNST: TIMES OF WASTE - WHAT REMAINS
23.4. - 24.9. 2017
The smartphone is a transitory object: designed to be dumped. Refuse? Inspired by the exhibition StrawGold, “Times of Waste” pursues the transformation of smartphones. Researchers from the FHNW Academy of Art and Design explore the processing and re-use or, as the case may be, the disposal of smartphones –always guided by the key question: what happens to what is left over?
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BARBARA MUFF: 290'000
20.6. - 1.10. 2017
Home is not a place, but a feeling – often closely linked with clothing. For her collection “290,000” the young Swiss designer Barbara Muff drew inspiration from non-European textiles and textile techniques. Her research conducted together with migrants – from Syria, Eritrea and Afghanistan, among other places – gave rise to a visual dialogue in which the needle plays a key role.


Picture gallery
Necklace; Hamburg, Germany; PET bottles, acrylic paint, lisle; 2014; Design: Florie Salnot Dirndl à l'Africaine; Munich, Germany; cotton, syntetic, cowry, lace; 2014; Design: Marie Darouiche, Rahmée Wetterich (NOH NEE) Cloth with shibori pattern; Honsu, Japan; Silk, Indigo; 1963; IId 5946 Plastic can; Dakar, Senegal; recycling plastic; 2014
Necklace; Hamburg, Germany; PET bottles, acrylic paint, lisle; 2014; Design: Florie Salnot
Dirndl à l'Africaine; Munich, Germany; cotton, syntetic, cowry, lace; 2014; Design: Marie Darouiche, Rahmée Wetterich (NOH NEE)
Cloth with shibori pattern; Honsu, Japan; Silk, Indigo; 1963; IId 5946
Plastic can; Dakar, Senegal; recycling plastic; 2014
Impressions
 
Activities
Workshop for aduls
Pleated gold

Workshop for aduls

Pleated gold

September 16, 2017, 11.00 a. m - 4.00 p. m.

Workshop for aduls
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Pleated gold
Pleated gold
September 16, 2017, 11.00 a. m - 4.00 p. m.

Straw plaiting is an old craft known to many cultures in which braids of straw are interwoven to create anything from simple everyday items to exquisite decorations. In the workshop you get the chance to create your own plaited motifs and delicate straw ornaments which you then arrange to form a unique composite picture. For inspiration we rely on objects from the exhibition StrawGold and the museum’s collections.

Please book until Mon 11.9.2017 at info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch or under 061 266 56 32
Costs: 110 CHF

With Ottilia Lehmann and Regina Mathez
> in german

Please bring along an embroidery scissors, a tea towel and a snack for yourself.

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Workshop for aduls
Pleated gold

Workshop for aduls

Pleated gold

September 16, 2017, 11.00 a. m - 4.00 p. m.

Guided tour
Times of Waste

Guided tour

Times of Waste

September 17, 2017, 3.00 p. m - 4.00 p. m.

Guided tour
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Times of Waste
Times of Waste
September 17, 2017, 3.00 p. m - 4.00 p. m.

You, as owner, are only an intermediate stop on your smartphone’s itinerary: when you purchase it, it already looks back on a long journey, and when you discard it, its trip continues … hidden paths, obscure materials, strange relationships – in anthropological terms the smartphone is an intriguing item, in social terms a controversial object. The guided tour takes you through matters such as the stations of a smartphone’s life history and what remains of it after recycling, and discusses our relationship with this modern idol.

With Flavia Caviezel
> in german
> Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
Times of Waste

Guided tour

Times of Waste

September 17, 2017, 3.00 p. m - 4.00 p. m.

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