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20.01.2019
Exhibition

Sun, Moon and Stars

August 18, 2017 – January 20, 2019

Even though distant, the sun, moon and stars make up part of our human world. Cultures across the globe confer on the heavenly bodies meaning and significance, for example, in the shape of sun and moon calendars. However, notions vary, as do ideas about gender: some peoples venerate a sun god, others worship a moon goddess. Objects from the collections explain how we humans see, understand and even try to influence the celestial bodies.


Gallery

 
Activities
Workshop for kids
SUN, MOON AND STARS LIGHT UP MY LANTERN

Workshop for kids

SUN, MOON AND STARS LIGHT UP MY LANTERN

October 1, 2017, 13.00 - 17.00

Workshop for kids
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SUN, MOON AND STARS LIGHT UP MY LANTERN
SUN, MOON AND STARS LIGHT UP MY LANTERN
October 1, 2017, 13.00 - 17.00

When the days grow shorter we need a lantern to light up the evening hours. We make one out of paper and decorate it with suns, moons and stars.

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

Material CHF 5.-

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Workshop for kids
SUN, MOON AND STARS LIGHT UP MY LANTERN

Workshop for kids

SUN, MOON AND STARS LIGHT UP MY LANTERN

October 1, 2017, 13.00 - 17.00

Guided tour
SUN, MOON AND STARS

Guided tour

SUN, MOON AND STARS

October 8, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

Guided tour
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SUN, MOON AND STARS
SUN, MOON AND STARS
October 8, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

What are stars: gods or celestial bodies? Omens or phenomena? Across the ages peoples have cultivated their own ideas about the sun, the moon and the stars, as a statue of the Aztec sun god Tonatiuh, amulets from Europe, and the example of a pocket sundial go to show. The guided tour explores how heavenly bodies were viewed, represented and interpreted across cultures with the help of a fascinating array of artefacts, ranging from everyday items to powerful ritual objects.

With Reingard Dirscherl
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
SUN, MOON AND STARS

Guided tour

SUN, MOON AND STARS

October 8, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

Guided tour
SUN, MOON AND STARS

Guided tour

SUN, MOON AND STARS

October 29, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

Guided tour
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SUN, MOON AND STARS
SUN, MOON AND STARS
October 29, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

What are stars: gods or celestial bodies? Omens or phenomena? Across the ages peoples have cultivated their own ideas about the sun, the moon and the stars, as a statue of the Aztec sun god Tonatiuh, amulets from Europe, and the example of a pocket sundial go to show. The guided tour explores how heavenly bodies were viewed, represented and interpreted across cultures with the help of a fascinating array of artefacts, ranging from everyday items to powerful ritual objects.

With Reingard Dirscherl
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
SUN, MOON AND STARS

Guided tour

SUN, MOON AND STARS

October 29, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

Workshop for kids
WRAPPING PAPER WITH STARS

Workshop for kids

WRAPPING PAPER WITH STARS

November 5, 2017, 13.00 - 17.00

Workshop for kids
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WRAPPING PAPER WITH STARS
WRAPPING PAPER WITH STARS
November 5, 2017, 13.00 - 17.00

In the exhibition Sun, Moon and Stars we come across many pictures of suns and stars. We design our own star, transfer it to a rubber stamp and print our own personal wrapping paper.

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

Material CHF 5.-

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Workshop for kids
WRAPPING PAPER WITH STARS

Workshop for kids

WRAPPING PAPER WITH STARS

November 5, 2017, 13.00 - 17.00

Lecture and visit to exhibition
HOW DID THE RABBIT GET TO THE MOON?

Lecture and visit to exhibition

HOW DID THE RABBIT GET TO THE MOON?

November 23, 2017, 18.30 - 21.00

Lecture and visit to exhibition
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HOW DID THE RABBIT GET TO THE MOON?
HOW DID THE RABBIT GET TO THE MOON?
The way we deal with heavenly bodies
November 23, 2017, 18.30 - 21.00

The sun, moon and stars play a key role on earth. Human beings apply a wide range of cultural practices to deal with them. They observe them, try to explain them and represent them in images. The lecture unfolds a panoply of cultural commonalities and differences with regard to the way humans make use of and explain the images they create of heavenly bodies. While, in Europe, the moon is often shown with a friendly face, in Mexico and Japan a rabbit is believed to inhabit the moon.

With Alexander Brust, curator of the exhibition “Sun, Moon and Stars”.
> in german

Entrance fee

The event is part of the Community College course “Sun, Moon and Stars – A Cultural History of Celestial Bodies between Myth and Science”.
Information on the course: Volkshochschule beider Basel, www.hsbb.ch.

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Lecture and visit to exhibition
HOW DID THE RABBIT GET TO THE MOON?

Lecture and visit to exhibition

HOW DID THE RABBIT GET TO THE MOON?

November 23, 2017, 18.30 - 21.00

Guided tour
SUN, MOON AND STARS

Guided tour

SUN, MOON AND STARS

December 10, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

Guided tour
X
SUN, MOON AND STARS
SUN, MOON AND STARS
December 10, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

What are stars: gods or celestial bodies? Omens or phenomena? Across the ages peoples have cultivated their own ideas about the sun, the moon and the stars, as a statue of the Aztec sun god Tonatiuh, amulets from Europe, and the example of a pocket sundial go to show. The guided tour explores how heavenly bodies were viewed, represented and interpreted across cultures with the help of a fascinating array of artefacts, ranging from everyday items to powerful ritual objects.

With Margrit Gontha
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
SUN, MOON AND STARS

Guided tour

SUN, MOON AND STARS

December 10, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

Guided tour
SUN, MOON AND STARS

Guided tour

SUN, MOON AND STARS

December 31, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

Guided tour
X
SUN, MOON AND STARS
SUN, MOON AND STARS
December 31, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

What are stars: gods or celestial bodies? Omens or phenomena? Across the ages peoples have cultivated their own ideas about the sun, the moon and the stars, as a statue of the Aztec sun god Tonatiuh, amulets from Europe, and the example of a pocket sundial go to show. The guided tour explores how heavenly bodies were viewed, represented and interpreted across cultures with the help of a fascinating array of artefacts, ranging from everyday items to powerful ritual objects.

With Margrit Gontha
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
SUN, MOON AND STARS

Guided tour

SUN, MOON AND STARS

December 31, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

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