Grasping anthropology

African Mirror – René Gardi’s image of Africa in question – Cancelled
1 April 2020 18:00 - 19:30 PM
African Mirror – René Gardis Afrika-Bild hinterfragt – Abgesagt
Grasping anthropology
African Mirror – René Gardi’s image of Africa in question – Cancelled
1 April 2020, 18:00 - 19:30 PM

From the 1950s on, the filmmaker and journalist René Gardi made several trips to northern Cameroon. His films and photographs shaped the image of Africa in Switzerland for many years. Using material from the archives, Mischa Hediger has now produced the film African Mirror. Among other things, it shows that Gardi’s ambiguous images mirror the European understanding of self in multiple ways. Based on clips from the film, we discuss the construction of Gardi’s “place of yearning” and the difficulty of dealing with historical documents and collections today.

> With Mischa Hediger, maker of African Mirror, Isabelle Bosza, research associate at Städtische Museum Braunschweig, Tevodai Mambai, lecturer at Maroua University, Cameroon, and Franziska Jenni, curator for Africa.

> In German

Admission fee

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African Mirror – René Gardis Afrika-Bild hinterfragt – Abgesagt

Guided tour

Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania – Cancelled
5 April 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut – Abgesagt
Guided tour
Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania – Cancelled
5 April 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Museums are facing challenging times: what seemed a must for an ethnographic museum in the past – for example, a collection of human skulls – is now a sensitive issue. The guided tour explores the motives behind the collecting mania of earlier days and poses questions as to the appropriate handling of sensitive objects today.

> With Réka Mascher-Frigyesi

> In German

Free entry

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Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut – Abgesagt

Kids and families

The golden antelope and other animal puppets – Cancelled
5 April 2020 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Die goldene Gazelle und andere Tier-Marionetten – Abgesagt
Kids and families
The golden antelope and other animal puppets – Cancelled
5 April 2020, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

In the Indian story Ramayana, Prince Rama sets out on a hunt for the beautiful golden antelope, as shown in the exhibition Bhima, Mr Punch, and the Demon. In the workshop we make our own golden antelope or some other puppet figure.

> With Leah Vogler, Learning and Programmes

Free entry

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Die goldene Gazelle und andere Tier-Marionetten – Abgesagt

Guided tour

Provenance Research at the Museum der Kulturen Basel – Cancelled
8 April 2020 12:00 - 13:00 PM
Provenienzforschung im Museum der Kulturen Basel – Abgesagt
Guided tour
Provenance Research at the Museum der Kulturen Basel – Cancelled
8 April 2020, 12:00 - 13:00 PM

Curator Beatrice Voirol takes you on a tour through the exhibition Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania and talks about current provenance research at the museum.

> In German

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Provenienzforschung im Museum der Kulturen Basel – Abgesagt

Guided tour

Best-of – Cancelled
12 April 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Best-of – Abgesagt
Guided tour
Best-of – Cancelled
12 April 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The most valuable, the best known, and the most popular – the “Best of” guided tour presents select objects from all exhibitions. At the same time, we question the criteria of such rankings. What are they based on: collectors’ interests, scientific value, or personal preferences? What’s at the top of your personal list, and why?

> With Reingard Dirscherl

> In German

Admission fee

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Best-of – Abgesagt

Guided tour

Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania – Cancelled
19 April 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut – Abgesagt
Guided tour
Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania – Cancelled
19 April 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Museums are facing challenging times: what seemed a must for an ethnographic museum in the past – for example, a collection of human skulls – is now a sensitive issue. The guided tour explores the motives behind the collecting mania of earlier days and poses questions as to the appropriate handling of sensitive objects today.

> With Reingard Dirscherl

> In German

Admission fee

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Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut – Abgesagt

Workshop for adults

Shibori meets Sashiko – blue dyes, white embroidery – Cancelled
25 - 26 April 2020 11:00 AM - 16:00 PM
Shibori trifft Sashiko – Blau färben, weiss sticken – Abgesagt
Workshop for adults
Shibori meets Sashiko – blue dyes, white embroidery – Cancelled
25 - 26 April 2020, 11:00 AM - 16:00 PM

The two-day workshop brings together two Japanese textile techniques. On the first day you learn how to create your own design through folding, stitching, and tie dyeing. On the second day, we add to the design sashiko embroidery: the simple running stitch with contrasting coloured yarn transforms dyed fabrics into individual creations.

> With Regina Mathez, Learning and Programmes, and curator Stephanie Lovász;

15 participants at most, please register by Wed 15.4. under 061 266 56 32 or at info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch.

Don’t forget to bring along a lunch picnic!

> In German

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Shibori trifft Sashiko – Blau färben, weiss sticken – Abgesagt

Guided tour

Doing field research in the Minster – Cancelled
26 April 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Auf Feldforschung im Münster – Abgesagt
Guided tour
Doing field research in the Minster – Cancelled
26 April 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

For once, talk in the Basel Minster is not about theology or art history, but about anthropology. Following a 30-minute crash course in the Museum der Kulturen Basel on what anthropology is all about, we explore the Basel Minster from a new perspective: what does the church’s main porch tell us about social belonging? In how far is a church service also a performance?

Start: Museum der Kulturen Basel

End: Basel Minster

> With Antonio Russo

> In German

Admission fee

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Auf Feldforschung im Münster – Abgesagt

Special event

Passion
3 May 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Special event
Passion
3 May 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

With members of the Basel Symphony Orchestra and Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi, bandoneon

Works by Joseph Haydn, Astor Piazzolla, and others

Pure enjoyment in the museum courtyard: bring with you a picnic basket, a folding chair, or a blanket, we’ll provide the music and entertainment.

Concert in dry weather only. Check whether the concert is on at www.sinfonieorchesterbasel.ch

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Kids and families

A wooden spoon, cloth, and paint – hey presto we have a rod puppet!
3 May 2020 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Holzlöffel, Stoff und Farbe – Fertig ist die Stabfigur!
Kids and families
A wooden spoon, cloth, and paint – hey presto we have a rod puppet!
3 May 2020, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

Today we’re going to stir things up: using wooden spoons we create rod puppets inspired by figures and stories from the exhibition «Bhima, Mr Punch, and Demon».

> With Leah Vogler, Learning and Programmes

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Holzlöffel, Stoff und Farbe – Fertig ist die Stabfigur!

Guided tour

Bima, Mr Punch, and Demon
3 May 2020 14:00 - 15:00 PM
Guided tour
Bima, Mr Punch, and Demon
3 May 2020, 14:00 - 15:00 PM

Puppetry hinges on seemingly lifeless figures and objects. Let yourself to be drawn into these gripping stories about love and life.

> With Eli Wilhelm

> In German

Free entry

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Grasping anthropology

Complaining, grumbling, criticizing
6 May 2020 18:00 - 19:30 PM
Meckern, Motzen, Kritisieren
Grasping anthropology
Complaining, grumbling, criticizing
6 May 2020, 18:00 - 19:30 PM

Speaking your mind is an art form that needs to be learnt. The puppet exhibition «Bima, Mr Punch, and Demon» features numerous figures that know how to criticize with humour and wit but also cheekily give others a piece of their mind. Together with a communication coach we take a closer look at some of the tricks they use and give them a try ourselves.

> With curator Richard Kunz, communication coach Hannes Leo Meier, and Sabine Rotach, Learning and Programmes

> In German

Admission fee

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Meckern, Motzen, Kritisieren

Guided tour

BIG
10 May 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
BIG
10 May 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Big doesn’t always mean the same thing. The guided tour tells you more about the cultural dimensions of bigness, with power and status representing two appropriate examples. But how and by whom is size defined and measured? And what’s so impressive about big things?

> With Réka Mascher-Frigyesi

> In German

Admission fee

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Special event

International Museum Day – cancelled
17 May 2020 10:00 AM - 17:00 PM
Special event
International Museum Day – cancelled
17 May 2020, 10:00 AM - 17:00 PM

The motto of this year’s International Museum Day is «Museums for All: Diversity and Inclusion».

Free entry

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Special event

Diversity in the puppet theatre and dance
17 May 2020 11:00 - 11:45 AM
Bunte Figuren und tanzende Körper
Special event
Diversity in the puppet theatre and dance
17 May 2020, 11:00 - 11:45 AM

The puppet theatre targets different social classes, criticizes reigning conditions, and typifies characters. Curator Richard Kunz takes visitors on a tour of the exhibition Bima, Mr Punch, and the Demon and explains the various forms of theatre in terms of consistency and diversity. This is followed by the dance performance About us in which the choreographer Arlette Dellers and the FLUXcrew address the issue of human and social diversity.

> In cooperation with Basel Dance Festival

> Input tour in German

Free entry

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Bunte Figuren und tanzende Körper

Special event

Diversity in the puppet theatre and dance
17 May 2020 15:00 - 15:45 PM
Bunte Figuren und tanzende Körper
Special event
Diversity in the puppet theatre and dance
17 May 2020, 15:00 - 15:45 PM

The puppet theatre targets different social classes, criticizes reigning conditions, and typifies characters. Curator Richard Kunz takes visitors on a tour of the exhibition «Bima, Mr Punch, and Demon» and explains the various forms of theatre in terms of consistency and diversity. This is followed by the dance performance About us in which the choreographer Arlette Dellers and the FLUXcrew address the issue of human and social diversity.

> In cooperation with Basel Dance Festival

> Input tour in German

Free entry

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Bunte Figuren und tanzende Körper

Guided tour

Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
24 May 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut
Guided tour
Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
24 May 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Museums are facing challenging times: what seemed a must for an ethnographic museum in the past – for example, a collection of human skulls – is now a sensitive issue. The guided tour explores the motives behind the collecting mania of earlier days and poses questions as to the appropriate handling of sensitive objects today.

> With Antonio Russo

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut

Guided tour

Best-of
31 May 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Best-of
Guided tour
Best-of
31 May 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The most valuable, the best known, and the most popular – the “Best of” guided tour presents select objects from all exhibitions. At the same time, we question the criteria of such rankings. What are they based on: collectors’ interests, scientific value, or personal preferences? What’s at the top of your personal list, and why?

> With Reingard Dirscherl

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Best-of

Grasping anthropology

African worlds in China
3 June 2020 18:00 - 19:30 PM
Afrikanische Welten in China
Grasping anthropology
African worlds in China
3 June 2020, 18:00 - 19:30 PM

Guangzhou in southern China is a global trade centre where traders from across the world go about their business. Cheap as well as fake products labelled “Made in China” find their way from there to Africa, among many other places. Students of the Institute of Social Anthropology Basel tell about their fieldwork practice in Guangzhou and how African communities live in the Chinese megacity.

> With students of the Institute of Social Anthropology, Lesley Braun, lecturer at the Institute, Franziska Jenni, curator for Africa, and Leah Vogler, Learning and Programmes

> In German

Admission fee

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Afrikanische Welten in China

Special event

Best of Shakespeare
7 June 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Special event
Best of Shakespeare
7 June 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

With members of the Basel Symphony Orchestra

Works by Sergei Prokofiev und Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Pure enjoyment in the museum courtyard: bring with you a picnic basket, a folding chair, or a blanket, we’ll provide the music and entertainment.

Concert in dry weather only. Check whether the concert is on at www.sinfonieorchesterbasel.ch

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Kids and families

Raise the curtain for the theatre in a shoebox!
7 June 2020 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Kids and families
Raise the curtain for the theatre in a shoebox!
7 June 2020, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

A shoebox becomes the stage for your stories. Create a fantasy world or a stage for your favourite fairy tale, maybe even an underwater world! There are no limits to your imagination!

> With Leah Vogler, Learning and Programmes

Free entry

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Guided tour

Bima, Mr Punch, and Demon
7 June 2020 14:00 - 15:00 PM
Guided tour
Bima, Mr Punch, and Demon
7 June 2020, 14:00 - 15:00 PM

Puppetry hinges on seemingly lifeless figures and objects. Let yourself to be drawn into these gripping stories about love and life.

> With Nadja Breger

> In German

Free entry

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Kids and families

10 years of mini.musik
14 June 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
10 Jahre mini.musik
Kids and families
10 years of mini.musik
14 June 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The concert series mini.musik is celebrating its 10th anniversary – join in the celebrations! At the anniversary concert in the museum courtyard, the Basel Symphony Orchestra digs deep into its musical treasure chest and comes up with a fireworks of music.

With Irena Müller-Brozovic, concept and presentation, Norbert Steinwarz, choreography and dance

 

Concert in dry weather only. Check whether the concert is on at www.sinfonieorchesterbasel.ch

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10 Jahre mini.musik

Guided tour

Gender trouble
14 June 2020 14:00 - 15:00 PM
Gender Trouble
Guided tour
Gender trouble
14 June 2020, 14:00 - 15:00 PM

The guided tour looks at objects from the perspective of male/female relationships, revealing a number of surprising facets of “gender trouble” in the never-ending interplay of male and female identities.

> With Eli Wilhelm

> In German

Admission fee

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Gender Trouble

Guided tour

Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
21 June 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut
Guided tour
Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
21 June 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Museums are facing challenging times: what seemed a must for an ethnographic museum in the past – for example, a collection of human skulls – is now a sensitive issue. The guided tour explores the motives behind the collecting mania of earlier days and poses questions as to the appropriate handling of sensitive objects today.

> With Réka Mascher-Frigyesi

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut

Special event

Memory
25 June 2020 18:30 - 20:30 PM
Special event
Memory
25 June 2020, 18:30 - 20:30 PM

The exhibition playfully reveals the manifold practices of how people remember specific moments in life, but also how they are quickly forgotten. From birth to death, significant events are passed on by word of mouth, carved in stone, or, as the case may be, never disclosed.

You and your friends are cordially invited to the opening of the exhibition.

Free entry

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Guided tour

Memory
28 June 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Memory
28 June 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The exhibition playfully reveals the manifold practices of how people remember specific moments in life, but also how they are quickly forgotten. From birth to death, significant events are passed on by word of mouth, carved in stone, or, as the case may be, never disclosed.  

> With curator Alex Brust

> In German

Admission fee

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Special event

Enlightened
24 September 2020 18:30 - 20:30 PM
Special event
Enlightened
24 September 2020, 18:30 - 20:30 PM

You are cordially invited to the exhibition opening.

Free entry

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Special event

Snow
19 November 2020 18:30 - 20:30 PM
Special event
Snow
19 November 2020, 18:30 - 20:30 PM

You are cordially invited to the exhibition opening.

Free entry

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Museum

Mission Statement

The Museum der Kulturen Basel wants to foster cultural life and awareness in and around Basel, but also nationally, with attractive, exciting exhibitions and a wide variety of events.

  • We focus on the cultural dimensions of people’s lives, which shape each society in different ways.
  • We are committed to offering new insights, combined with aesthetic enjoyment and emotional engagement.
  • Our work involves placing some of our own collections in a new light.
  • We always handle topics in relation to the here and now.

 

We see ourselves as a partner and a forum of exchange for the public. We consciously seek a dialogue with our visitors, because we consider the museum to be a reflective institution.

 

Museum der Kulturen Basel – Seeing the world with different eyes

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