125 years Museum der Kulturen Basel

Culture in Motion
18 July 2018 12:15 - 13:00 PM
Kultur in Bewegung
125 years Museum der Kulturen Basel
Culture in Motion
18 July 2018, 12:15 - 13:00 PM

What we have to offer is not only for the eye but also for the body as a whole. In connection with Gsünder Basel’s project “Active through the summer” we offer a varied exercise programme for all ages. The workout lasts 45 minutes and focuses on coordination, strength and stamina, inspired by thrilling sounds from across the world in Basel’s most beautiful courtyard.

20.6. – 8.8. always Wednesday 12.15 – 13.00.

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125 years Museum der Kulturen Basel

StrawGold
22 July 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
StrohGold
StrawGold
22 July 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

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StrohGold

125 years Museum der Kulturen Basel

Culture in Motion
25 July 2018 12:15 - 13:00 PM
Kultur in Bewegung
125 years Museum der Kulturen Basel
Culture in Motion
25 July 2018, 12:15 - 13:00 PM

What we have to offer is not only for the eye but also for the body as a whole. In connection with Gsünder Basel’s project “Active through the summer” we offer a varied exercise programme for all ages. The workout lasts 45 minutes and focuses on coordination, strength and stamina, inspired by thrilling sounds from across the world in Basel’s most beautiful courtyard.

20.6. – 8.8. always Wednesday 12.15 – 13.00.

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125 years Museum der Kulturen Basel

BIG
29 July 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
BIG
29 July 2018, 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 being two good examples. But how is size defined and measured? And what’s so impressive about big things?

> With Margrit Gontha
In German

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125 years Museum der Kulturen Basel

Culture in Motion
1 August 2018 12:15 - 13:00 PM
Kultur in Bewegung
125 years Museum der Kulturen Basel
Culture in Motion
1 August 2018, 12:15 - 13:00 PM

What we have to offer is not only for the eye but also for the body as a whole. In connection with Gsünder Basel’s project “Active through the summer” we offer a varied exercise programme for all ages. The workout lasts 45 minutes and focuses on coordination, strength and stamina, inspired by thrilling sounds from across the world in Basel’s most beautiful courtyard.

20.6. – 8.8. always Wednesday 12.15 – 13.00.

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125 years Museum der Kulturen Basel

Flying the flag
1 August 2018 18:15 - 19:45 PM
Flagge zeigen
Flying the flag
1 August 2018, 18:15 - 19:45 PM

The occasion of Swiss National Day gives us a chance to fly the flag: what part do flags play in defining, visualizing, and communicating identity and belonging? How do national identities emerge and how do they shift under changing circumstances? Of course, Swiss flags are also in our sights.

> With Alexander Brust, curator, and Sabine Rotach, Learning and Programmes

In German

Admission fee

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Flagge zeigen

125 years Museum der Kulturen Basel

Secrecy
5 August 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Das Geheimnis
Secrecy
5 August 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Every single person, every community has them: secrets. They are in our heads, but also captured in documents and objects: what do the secret scripts of Batak ritual specialists actually contain? What’s the significance of the female figure on the Iatmul’s men’s house?

> With Reingard Dirscherl

In German

Free entry

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Das Geheimnis

125 years Museum der Kulturen Basel

A small toy jaguar is waiting for you
5 August 2018 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Ein kleiner Stoffjaguar wartet auf dich
A small toy jaguar is waiting for you
5 August 2018, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

The Mexican textile artist Alma Hernandez is on a visit to the museum. We create small toy animals and dolls and decorate them colourfully.

Material CHF 5

In German

Free entry

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Ein kleiner Stoffjaguar wartet auf dich

125 years Museum der Kulturen Basel

Culture in Motion
8 August 2018 12:15 - 13:00 PM
Kultur in Bewegung
125 years Museum der Kulturen Basel
Culture in Motion
8 August 2018, 12:15 - 13:00 PM

What we have to offer is not only for the eye but also for the body as a whole. In connection with Gsünder Basel’s project “Active through the summer” we offer a varied exercise programme for all ages. The workout lasts 45 minutes and focuses on coordination, strength and stamina, inspired by thrilling sounds from across the world in Basel’s most beautiful courtyard.

20.6. – 8.8. always Wednesday 12.15 – 13.00.

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Kids and families

Andrew Bond
12 August 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Andrew Bond
Kids and families
Andrew Bond
12 August 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Andrew Bond’s shows bring a sparkle to children’s eyes; after that, there’s no holding them back. His melodious and gentle songs have made him one of Switzerland’s most successful singers and performers. Look forward to a very special open-air concert in the museum courtyard.

 

The concert will take place in all weather conditions.

 

After the concert, from twelve to three, the Museum Bistro is serving up “Hörnli and Ghackets à discretion” (a Swiss version of spag bol) for all hungry concert goers. Kids pay CHF 12, all others CHF 15.

 

Free entry to the concert.



We wish to thank the Foundation for the Promotion of MBK for their generous financial support.

 

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Floral textile art
18 August 2018 11:00 AM - 16:30 PM
Florale Textilkunst
Floral textile art
18 August 2018, 11:00 AM - 16:30 PM

During the rainy season in Mexico, fantastic climbing plants make their way in the maize fields. The Mexican artist Alma Hernandez, who takes up this motif in her textile art, shows us how to create our own floral sculptures.

> With Alma Hernandez, Alexander Brust, curator, and Regina Mathez, Learning and Programmes

Please register by 10.8.18: info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch or 061 266 56 00

CHF 95

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Florale Textilkunst

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Worldviews
19 August 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Weltsichten
Worldviews
19 August 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

To celebrate our 125th anniversary, we invite you to explore the museum and its history. You get to hear stories about adventurous expeditions and painstaking collectors, encounter surprising objects from across the world, and learn a few things about modern anthropology.

>With Antonio Russo

In German

Admission fee

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Weltsichten

Kids and families

Have I arrived at last?
23 August 2018 17:00 - 18:30 PM
«Wann bin ich endlich angekommen?»
Have I arrived at last?
Migranten zeigen Ihr Basel
23 August 2018, 17:00 - 18:30 PM

Get to know Basel from the perspective of migrants and refugees. Which spots and routes in town are important to them? What opportunities do they have, where are the boundaries to their lifeworld? Rstam Aloush from Syria shows you his Basel, talks about his arrival here, and shares his hopes and experiences.

CHF 16.– / CHF 11.–

The guided city tour sets off from the Museum. Your ticket is also valid for the museum on that day. Please register at least 2 days in advance at info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch or 061 266 56 00. The tours are also available for school classes (as from secondary school) and private groups. 

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«Wann bin ich endlich angekommen?»

Kids and families

Devilry
26 August 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Teuflisch
Devilry
26 August 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Works by Antonio Vivaldi, Sulchan Tsintsadze, Béla Bartók, and Luigi Boccherin

With members of the Basel Symphony Orchestra; on mandolin: Avi Avital; director: Andrés Gabetta; host: Hans-Georg Hofmann.

Pure pleasure awaits you at the picnic concerts in the museum courtyard: bring with you a picnic basket and a camp chair or at least a warm blanket. We’ll see to the music and the atmosphere!

In case of bad weather, we would have to cancel the concert.

Free entry

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Teuflisch

Kids and families

With Needle and Thread
1 September 2018 14:00 - 16:00 PM
Mit Nadel und Faden
With Needle and Thread
1 September 2018, 14:00 - 16:00 PM

In the museum we go in search of embroidered objects: the wide range of motifs and techniques will astonish you! Later, in the workshop, we ourselves reach for needle and thread and create lucky charms.

> Lua Leirner and Regina Mathez

CHF 16

Please register by 24.8.18 at info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch or 061 266 56 00

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Mit Nadel und Faden

Kids and families

BIG
2 September 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
BIG
2 September 2018, 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 providing two good examples. But how is size defined and measured? And what’s so impressive about big things?

> With Réka Mascher

In German

Free entry

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Make your own print
2 September 2018 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Make your own print
2 September 2018, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

We produce our own stamps which we then use to create prints on cloth and paper, inspired by objects on display at the museum.

> With Regina Mathez

In German

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Large projects
5 September 2018 18:15 - 19:45 PM
Large projects
5 September 2018, 18:15 - 19:45 PM

Martin Heller has headed quite a few large projects in his career, for example, Expo 02 or the European Capital of Europe Linz 2009. Beatrice Voirol is also an expert on big things: she curated the show BIG. The two tell us about their experiences – for all those who have big plans in mind! But note: big is relative; it can mean many things, from sustainable living to travelling the world, from starting up your own business to writing a book.

> With Martin Heller, cultural entrepreneur, Beatrice Voirol, curator; hosted by Sabine Rotach from Learning and Programmes.

> To the exhibition BIG

In German

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Have I arrived at last?
6 September 2018 17:00 - 18:30 PM
«Wann bin ich endlich angekommen?»
Have I arrived at last?
Migranten zeigen ihr Basel
6 September 2018, 17:00 - 18:30 PM

Get to know Basel from the perspective of migrants and refugees. Which spots and routes in town are important to them? What opportunities do they have, where are the boundaries to their lifeworld? Rstam Aloush from Syria shows you his Basel, talks about his arrival here, and shares his hopes and experiences.

CHF 16 / CHF 11

The guided city tour sets off from the Museum. Your ticket is also valid for the museum on that day. Please register at least 2 days in advance at info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch or 061 266 56 00. The tours are also available for school classes (as from secondary school) and private groups. 

In German

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«Wann bin ich endlich angekommen?»

Kids and families

From Maya script to website
9 September 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Von der Maya-Schrift bis zur Website
From Maya script to website
9 September 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In the olden days, saving data involved engraving stone slabs, carving figures, and painting symbols. The Museum holds objects from all parts of the world featuring mysterious codes and signs. We compare them with our modern digital data and ask what generating data and sending it out into the world means today.

> With Christophe Schneider

In German

Admission fee

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Von der Maya-Schrift bis zur Website

Kids and families

Take your pick!
13 September 2018
Wünsch dir was
Take your pick!
125 Objects for 125 Years
13 September 2018

The anniversary exhibition is an experiment – for you as well as for us. You’ve chosen the objects, we’ve fetched them from the storage spaces, got them for the show, and now present them in a joint display. We can’t wait to hear your feedback!

> To the exhibition «Take your pick»

Free entry

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Wünsch dir was

Kids and families

Take Your Pick
13 September 2018
Take Your Pick
125 objects for 125 years
13 September 2018

To celebrate our anniversary, the people of Basel were invited to select 125 objects for display. Just like any other birthday party, the exhibition brings together the known and the unknown, making it an experiment full of unending surprises.

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Around the world in rhythms
16 September 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mit Rhythmen um die Welt!
Around the world in rhythms
16 September 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Works by John Cage, Pierre Favre, Robert Dillon, Domenico Melchiorre, Lou Harrison, Siegfried Kutterer, and Dennis Kuhn

Pure pleasure awaits you at the picnic concerts in the museum courtyard: bring with you a picnic basket and a camp chair or at least a warm blanket. We’ll see to the music and the atmosphere!

In case of bad weather, we would have to cancel the concert.

Free entry to concert

Free entry

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Mit Rhythmen um die Welt!

Kids and families

Take your pick
16 September 2018 15:00 - 16:00 PM
Take your pick
16 September 2018, 15:00 - 16:00 PM

What happens when you let the audience pick the objects for an exhibition? Come and see for yourself on the guided tour through our anniversary exhibition!

> With Karin Kaufmann, curator of the exhibition Take your pick.

In German

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Take your pick
23 September 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Take your pick
23 September 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

What happens when you let the audience pick the objects for an exhibition? Come and see for yourself on the guided tour through our anniversary exhibition!

> With Sabine Rotach

In German

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Wishing, choosing, voting
26 September 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wishing, choosing, voting
26 September 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Participation at the museum – a guided tour to take your fancy!

> With Karin Kaufmann, curator of the exhibition Take your pick.

In German

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Worldviews
30 September 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Weltsichten
Worldviews
30 September 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

To celebrate our 125th anniversary, we invite you to explore the museum and its history. You get to hear stories about adventurous expeditions and painstaking collectors, encounter surprising objects from across the world, and learn a few things about modern anthropology.

> With Antonio Russo

In German

Admission fee

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Weltsichten

Kids and families

Holiday Play-Town
3 October 2018 13:30 - 17:00 PM
Kinder-Ferien-Stadt
Holiday Play-Town
3 October 2018, 13:30 - 17:00 PM

During the autumn holidays the museum courtyard is turned into a playground. We invite you and your parents to the holiday play-town in the Museum der Kulturen Basel where you can enjoy games from across the world. Every afternoon we go on an expedition through the museum in search of exciting objects. In the meantime your parents can visit one of our many exhibitions.

 

Free entry to the kids’ holiday city.
For kids from 4 to 12.

October 03. – 10., daily 13.30 – 17.00.

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Kinder-Ferien-Stadt

Kids and families

Holiday Play-Town
4 October 2018 13:30 - 17:00 PM
Kinder-Ferien-Stadt
Holiday Play-Town
4 October 2018, 13:30 - 17:00 PM

During the autumn holidays the museum courtyard is turned into a playground. We invite you and your parents to the holiday play-town in the Museum der Kulturen Basel where you can enjoy games from across the world. Every afternoon we go on an expedition through the museum in search of exciting objects. In the meantime your parents can visit one of our many exhibitions.

 

Free entry to the kids’ holiday city.
For kids from 4 to 12.

October 03. – 10., daily 13.30 – 17.00.

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Kinder-Ferien-Stadt

Kids and families

Holiday Play-Town
5 October 2018 13:30 - 17:00 PM
Kinder-Ferien-Stadt
Holiday Play-Town
5 October 2018, 13:30 - 17:00 PM

During the autumn holidays the museum courtyard is turned into a playground. We invite you and your parents to the holiday play-town in the Museum der Kulturen Basel where you can enjoy games from across the world. Every afternoon we go on an expedition through the museum in search of exciting objects. In the meantime your parents can visit one of our many exhibitions.

 

Free entry to the kids’ holiday city.
For kids from 4 to 12.

October 03. – 10., daily 13.30 – 17.00.

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Kinder-Ferien-Stadt

Kids and families

Holiday Play-Town
6 October 2018 13:30 - 17:00 PM
Kinder-Ferien-Stadt
Holiday Play-Town
6 October 2018, 13:30 - 17:00 PM

During the autumn holidays the museum courtyard is turned into a playground. We invite you and your parents to the holiday play-town in the Museum der Kulturen Basel where you can enjoy games from across the world. Every afternoon we go on an expedition through the museum in search of exciting objects. In the meantime your parents can visit one of our many exhibitions.

 

Free entry to the kids’ holiday city.
For kids from 4 to 12.

October 03. – 10., daily 13.30 – 17.00.

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Kinder-Ferien-Stadt

Kids and families

Holiday Play-Town
7 October 2018 13:30 - 17:00 PM
Kinder-Ferien-Stadt
Holiday Play-Town
7 October 2018, 13:30 - 17:00 PM

During the autumn holidays the museum courtyard is turned into a playground. We invite you and your parents to the holiday play-town in the Museum der Kulturen Basel where you can enjoy games from across the world. Every afternoon we go on an expedition through the museum in search of exciting objects. In the meantime your parents can visit one of our many exhibitions.

 

Free entry to the kids’ holiday city.
For kids from 4 to 12.

October 03. – 10., daily 13.30 – 17.00.

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Kinder-Ferien-Stadt

Kids and families

Holiday Play-Town
8 October 2018 13:30 - 17:00 PM
Kinder-Ferien-Stadt
Holiday Play-Town
8 October 2018, 13:30 - 17:00 PM

During the autumn holidays the museum courtyard is turned into a playground. We invite you and your parents to the holiday play-town in the Museum der Kulturen Basel where you can enjoy games from across the world. Every afternoon we go on an expedition through the museum in search of exciting objects. In the meantime your parents can visit one of our many exhibitions.

 

Free entry to the kids’ holiday city.
For kids from 4 to 12.

October 03. – 10., daily 13.30 – 17.00.

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Kinder-Ferien-Stadt

Kids and families

Holiday Play-Town
9 October 2018 13:30 - 17:00 PM
Kinder-Ferien-Stadt
Holiday Play-Town
9 October 2018, 13:30 - 17:00 PM

During the autumn holidays the museum courtyard is turned into a playground. We invite you and your parents to the holiday play-town in the Museum der Kulturen Basel where you can enjoy games from across the world. Every afternoon we go on an expedition through the museum in search of exciting objects. In the meantime your parents can visit one of our many exhibitions.

 

Free entry to the kids’ holiday city.
For kids from 4 to 12.

October 03. – 10., daily 13.30 – 17.00.

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Kinder-Ferien-Stadt

Kids and families

Holiday Play-Town
10 October 2018 13:30 - 17:00 PM
Kinder-Ferien-Stadt
Holiday Play-Town
10 October 2018, 13:30 - 17:00 PM

During the autumn holidays the museum courtyard is turned into a playground. We invite you and your parents to the holiday play-town in the Museum der Kulturen Basel where you can enjoy games from across the world. Every afternoon we go on an expedition through the museum in search of exciting objects. In the meantime your parents can visit one of our many exhibitions.

 

Free entry to the kids’ holiday city.
For kids from 4 to 12.

October 03. – 10., daily 13.30 – 17.00.

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Kinder-Ferien-Stadt

Kids and families

Visions for the Future
15 November 2018 18:30 - 21:00 PM
Zukunftsvisionen
Visions for the Future
15 November 2018, 18:30 - 21:00 PM

A series of photographs reveals how exhibiting has changed between 1893 and 2018. Students from the University of Basel are invited to continue the series: how do they see the museum’s future? A committee then selects the ten best photographs and presents them to the audience. The prizes are to be awarded Prof. Dr. Andrea Schenker-Wicki, rector of the University of Basel.

Free entry

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Zukunftsvisionen

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Passing the Baton to the Basel Minster
9 December 2018 10:00 AM - 20:00 PM
Stabsübergabe an das Basler Münster
Passing the Baton to the Basel Minster
9 December 2018, 10:00 AM - 20:00 PM

The eventful year ends with a token of good neighbourliness: we pass on the anniversary baton to the Basel Minster, which in 2019 is celebrating its consecration one thousand years ago. Together with Minster Reverend Caroline Schröder we cross the Minster Square in a festive procession – with a boat from our collections in tow to symbolize the crossing. Temporarily the vessel will lie at anchor in the nave of the Minster.

 

A rich and varied programme throughout the day in the Museum and the Minster.

Free entry

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Stabsübergabe an das Basler Münster
Museum > Collection

Collection

The collections of the Museum der Kulturen go back to the mid-19th century. With the valuable pieces from Ancient America donated by the Basel businessman Lukas Vischer, the city at the knee of the Rhine came into possession of one of the first ethnological collections in Europe.
Initially, private collectors used their own money to travel across continents and bring back to Basel interesting objects and evidence of everyday indigenous culture. What started as a small collection that was part of a universal museum developed, thanks to scholars such as Fritz and Paul Sarasin, Felix Speiser, Paul Wirz and Alfred Bühler, into a stronghold of scientific work and an ethnological museum of international standing. In the subsequent decades, they made further major contributions to the systematic expansion of the collection.

Today, the Museum der Kulturen Basel is among the most important ethnographic museums in Eu-rope. Its collection of more than 300'000 objects is impressive and of world renown. Over generations, comprehensive collections were built up focusing on particular areas, with valuable objects from Eu-rope, Africa, America, Oceania, Indonesia, South, Central and East Asia.

In addition to ethnographic artefacts, it also has a collection of around 50'000 historic photographs. These are both objects as well as a source for conducting research into the object.

At irregular intervals, individual collections are described and photographically documented on this page.

This site is still under construction!
Objects
Big Babanki, Hocker mit Menschenköpfen, Kamerun, 1962, Sammlung Basler Mission, Foto © Museum der Kulturen Basel
Opferhäuschen, Indonesien, Borneo, Kalimantan, vor 1935, Sammlung Basler Mission, Foto © Museum der Kulturen Basel
Priesterweste, Indonesien, Borneo, Kalimantan, vor 1935, Sammlung Basler Mission, Foto © Museum der Kulturen Basel
Ganesha, Indien, 1856, Sammlung Basler Mission, Foto © Museum der Kulturen Basel
Mahjong. Han, China; vor 1898; Bambus; IId 85. Mahjong ist ein Spiel für vier Personen und in Ostasien von ungebrochener Belibtheit. Unser Spiel hat 144 Spielsteine, Ziegel genannt.
Guanyin. Han, China; 19. Jh.; Holz; IId 1363. Die Göttin der Barmherzigkeit und des Mitgefühls ist die chinesische Variante des Avalokiteshvara. Sie verspricht, jene zu retten, die sie anrufen.
Essschale. Han Shandong, China; Quing-Dynastie (1644-1911), Quianlong (1736-1796); Porzellan; IId 478. Gerichte werden in Schalen und auf Platten in der Mitte des Tisches platziert. Jede Person hat eine eigene Schale, in die sie ihr Essen legt.
Bügeleisen (yuntou). Han, China; 19. Jh.; Messing, Holz; IId 9535. Zum Erhitzen wurden glühende Kohlen in das Metallbecken gefüllt und mit Sand vermischt, um die Hitze länger zu halten.
Weste aus Bambus. Han, China; 19. Jh.; Baumwolle, Bambus; IId 279. Das Unterhemd aus verknoteten Baumwollfäden mit aufgefädelten Bambusröhrchen schützte das Oberkleid von Körperausdünstungen.
Altar. Rajastan, Indien; 20. Jh.; Holz, Farbe; IIa 11492. Der Flügelaltar ist der Gottheit Vishnu gewidmet. Er wird von professionellen Erzählern genutzt, um die in Bildern dargestellten Legenden vorzutragen.
Göttin Kali. Indien; 2000; Holz, Gips, Karton, Papier, Plastikperlen, Metallblech, synthetisches Haar; IIa 11493. Die Göttin Kali, wörtlich: die Schwarze, wird in ganz Indien verehrt. Die zu ihren Ehren abgehaltene Zeremonien finden im häuslichen Bereich und im öffentlichen Raum statt.
Das Geistwesen Maha Giri. Yangon, Myanmar; 2000; Holz, Tüll, Stoff, Papier, Metall; IIb 4052.14. Nat ist in Myanmar die Bezeichnung für ein ganzes Heer von verschiedenen Geistwesen, die omnipräsent sind. Maha Giri wird in jedem Haushalt verehrt.
Stevenfigur. New Georgia Island, Salomonen; vor 1929; Holz, Nautilusschale; Expedition Paravicini 1928-29; Vb 7525. Die Figur wurde am Steven eines Kanus oberhalb der Wasserlinie aufgesetzt. Sie soll Gefahren frühzeitig erkannt und die Menschen davor beschützt haben.
Fasnachtslaterne. Basel, Schweiz; 1929; Holz, Metall, Textil, Acrylfarbe; VI 11885; Sammlung Paul Wilde, Basel. 384 x 266 x 140,5 cm. Grosse Zugslaternen mit satirischen Darstellungen sind eine Besonderheit der Basler Fasnacht. Dieses Transparent schuf der Kunstmaler Wilde.
Maske. Basel, Schweiz; 1950/60; Papier, Acrylfarbe, Pflanzenfasern; VI 71116; Sammlung Christian Kaufmann, Basel. 30 x 19,5 x 63,5 cm. Die in Basel etablierte Kunst des Larvenkaschierens ist auch ausserhalb der Fasnacht beliebt. Diese Maske entstand zum 60. Geburtstag von Prof. Alfred Bühler.
Männerkopftuch. Palästina; 1981; Baumwolle; IIe; Sammlung Basler Mission. 112 x 117 cm. Die kufiya, das in Palästina traditionell getragene Männerkopftuch, ist seit den 1970er Jahren zu einem Mode-Accessiore des Westens geworden.
Synkretistisches Amulett. Zizers, Graubünden, Schweiz; 18. Jh.; Pergament, Handschrift; VI 25297; Sammlung Emanuel Grossmann, Riehen. 174 x 5,6 cm. Das mit magischen, jüdischen und christlichen Symbolen und Formeln beschriebene Amulett belegt kabbalistisches Wissen im Alpenraum.
Rechtsurkunde, "Tessel". Albinen, Wallis, Schweiz; 1818; Holz, Hanfschnur; VI 6570; Sammlung Eduard Hoffmann-Krayer, Basel. 31 x 65,5 cm. Mit Hauszeichen und Kerben wurden früher Abmachungen zu Rechten und Pflichten einer Gemeinschaft festgelegt und garantiert.
Fasnachtslarve. Basel, Schweiz; 2003; Papier, Acrylfarbe, Baumwolle, Kunststoff; III 27550; Sammlung Maoua Koné, Bamako. In Mali vertraut mit Fabelwesen lernt die Marionetten-Künstlerin in Basel den "Basilisk" kennen und krönt damit eine Fasnachtslarve.
Anker. Insel Rügen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Deutschland; 19. Jh; Holz, Gneis; VI 48; Sammlung Paul und Fritz Sarasin, Basel. 85 cm. Sehr archaisch wirkt dieser einfach und günstig herzustellende Anker eines Ostsee-Fischers: Das Holzgeäst wird durch einen Stein beschwert.
Möbelmalerei. Toggenburg (?), Ostschweiz, Schweiz; um 1880; Holz, Ölmalerei; VI 25393; Sammlung Max Wydler, Zürich; 57,5 x 62,5 cm. Die Kastenfüllung steht für die in der Ostschweiz verbreitete Tradition der Möbelmalerei. Dieser Engel soll wohl die Funktion eines Schutzengels haben.
Eingericht, Geduldflasche. Burgenland, Österreich; 1901; Glas, Papier, Textilien; VI 56628; Sammlung Wolfgang Riedl, Wien; 23,5 x 7,5 x 11,5 cm. Gleich wie das Buddelschiff der Seemänner entstand mit geduldiger Hand diese als Wallfahrtsandenken dienende Arbeit.
Kleines Andachtsbild. Prag, Tschechische Republik; um 1850; Papier, kolorierter Stahlstich, Goldprägung; VI 12574; Sammlung Anton Pachinger, Wien; 12 x 8 cm. Ein Zeugnis für die schon früher über weite Wege gepflegten Beziehungen: Dieses "Pragerbildchen" erwarben Pilger in Triberg (Schwarzwald).
Grabtuch. Besançon, Doubs, Frankreich; ca. 1750; Seide, Stickerei; VI 20819; Sammlung A. L. Henry, Montreux; 20 x 27 cm. Bis Ende des 18. Jh. stritten sich mehrere Orte um den Besitz des echten Grabtuches. Hohe Verehrung genoss jenes im französischen Jura.
Wallfahrtswimpel. Antwerpen, Belgien; 1706; Papier, Druck; 42591; Sammlung Werner Konrag Jaggi, Zürich,; 13,3 x 8.5 cm. In einigen Gegenden Europas erwirbt man noch heute einen am Gnadenbild befestigten Wimpel. Seltener sind sie in ein Mirakelbuch eingefügt.
Votivbild. Polling, Bayern, Deutschland; 1835; Öl auf Holz, Silberblech; VI 30390; Sammlung Max Wydler, Zürich; 31,5 x 25 cm. Als sichtbares Zeichen der Dankbarkeit gegenüber einer göttlichen Macht lässt sich das Votoivbild auch als gemaltes Gebet bezeichnen.
Hinterglasbild. Czestochowa, Woj. Slaskie, Polen; 1981; Hinterglasmalerei, Holz; VI 57636; Sammlung Borys Malkin, Warschau; 44 x 34 cm. Erst im 18. Jh. findet das Hinterglasbild Eingang in die meist religiöse Volkskunst. Die Maria im Sträflingskleid entstand zur Erinnerung an ein KZ-Opfer.
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