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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?
> Link to Project

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
Guided tour
StrawGold

Guided tour

StrawGold

October 22, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

Guided tour
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StrawGold
StrawGold
Cultural Transformations Rendered Visible
October 22, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

How come is a Bavarian dirndl 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. Learn more about these fascinating entanglements.

With Reingard Dirscherl
> in german
> Admission fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
StrawGold

Guided tour

StrawGold

October 22, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

Discussion and guided tour
GRASPING ANTHROPOLOGY

Discussion and guided tour

GRASPING ANTHROPOLOGY

November 1, 2017, 18.00 - 20.00

Discussion and guided tour
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GRASPING ANTHROPOLOGY
GRASPING ANTHROPOLOGY
All saint: What we regard as sacred
November 1, 2017, 18.00 - 20.00

The sacred is common to all cultures: there are sacred texts, spaces, mountains and objects as well as venerated figures such as Holy Mary or Tara. But what does “sacred” actually mean? How does the sacred become manifest in various cultures? And what do we personally hold sacred?

With Wolfgang Gantke, emeritus professor for Religious Studies, Stephanie Lovász, curator for South, Central and Eastern Asia, and Sabine Rotach, head of Education and Programmes.

> in german
> Admission fee

> Link to "Grasping Anthropology"

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Discussion and guided tour
GRASPING ANTHROPOLOGY

Discussion and guided tour

GRASPING ANTHROPOLOGY

November 1, 2017, 18.00 - 20.00

Guided tour
Fashion

Guided tour

Fashion

November 5, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

Guided tour
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Fashion
Fashion
November 5, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

Pretty clothes are fun and contribute to our individuality. But how are the designs created? What narratives from the worlds of science, business, politics and power, exoticism, belonging and exclusion are hidden in the yarn? How do clothes and jewellery impact on our bodies? In StrawGold and other exhibitions we encounter many objects that tell us about the way we dress and invite us to explore the links to other clothing traditions in the world and, thus, question our own fashion criteria.

With Nadja Breger
> in german
Free entrance

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
Fashion

Guided tour

Fashion

November 5, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

Workshop for adults
STRAWGOLDEN: KNOTTING, LOOPING, TYING

Workshop for adults

STRAWGOLDEN: KNOTTING, LOOPING, TYING

November 11, 2017, 11.00 - 16.00

Workshop for adults
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STRAWGOLDEN: KNOTTING, LOOPING, TYING
STRAWGOLDEN: KNOTTING, LOOPING, TYING
November 11, 2017, 11.00 - 16.00

Knots are used around the world for attaching or tying things up; many of them are almost impossible to undo. They form the basis of many textile techniques. In this workshop you get to explore the tangled world of knots. Inspired by objects shown in the exhibitions or held in our storage depots, we try our hand at various knotting techniques.

With Monika Künti, interweave designer from Bern, Stephanie Lovász and Regina Mathez.
> in german
CHF 95.-

Please register by 6.11.2017 at info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch or under 061 266 56 32.
Bring along some pieces of string (if available) and a snack for yourself.

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Workshop for adults
STRAWGOLDEN: KNOTTING, LOOPING, TYING

Workshop for adults

STRAWGOLDEN: KNOTTING, LOOPING, TYING

November 11, 2017, 11.00 - 16.00

Guided tour
StrawGold

Guided tour

StrawGold

November 26, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

Guided tour
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StrawGold
StrawGold
Cultural Transformations Rendered Visible
November 26, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

How come is a Bavarian dirndl 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. Learn more about these fascinating entanglements.

With Sarah Labhardt
> in german
> Admission fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
StrawGold

Guided tour

StrawGold

November 26, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

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