Special event

Thirst for knowledge meets collecting mania
21 March 2019 18:30 - 20:30 PM
Special event
Thirst for knowledge meets collecting mania
21 March 2019, 18:30 - 20:30 PM

Human skulls, ivory tusks, and speers are among the items in our collection which today rank as sensitive objects. What made collectors acquire them? What was behind the collecting mania of earlier days, and what implications does it have for us today? Quench your thirst for knowledge.

Free entry

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Guided tour

Thirst for knowledge meets collecting mania
24 March 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Thirst for knowledge meets collecting mania
24 March 2019, 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 – has now become 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.

> In German

Admission fee

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Guided tour

Secrecy
31 March 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Das Geheimnis
Guided tour
Secrecy
31 March 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Every one of us and every community has its secrets. Usually we keep them locked away in our minds, but one also finds them hiding in documents and objects: what do the secret writings of Batak ritual specialists hold? What is the meaning of the female figure on a Iatmul men’s house?

> With curator Tabea Buri

In German

Admission fee

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Das Geheimnis

Guided tour

Impulse tour on the Story Café
3 April 2019 17:30 - 18:00 PM
Impulsführung zum Erzählcafé
Guided tour
Impulse tour on the Story Café
Secrecy
3 April 2019, 17:30 - 18:00 PM

Every one of us and every community has its secrets. Usually we keep them locked away in our minds, but one also finds them hiding in documents and objects.

With curator Tabea Buri

Admission fee

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Impulsführung zum Erzählcafé

Grasping anthropology

My and some other secrets
3 April 2019 18:00 - 20:00 PM
Erzählcafé: Meine und andere Geheimnisse
Grasping anthropology
My and some other secrets
3 April 2019, 18:00 - 20:00 PM

We tend to guard family secrets; secrets are inclusive and exclusive at the same time; they can be funny, dangerous, deep, even hallowed. We’re looking forward to hearing your little secret! The Story Café is all about memories and experiences: participants get the chance to tell us something, but nobody is asked to reveal a secret.

With Tabea Buri, exhibition curator, and Johanna Kohn, Story Café.

In cooperation with the network “Story Café Switzerland” and “Generations in the Museum”.

Admission fee

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Erzählcafé: Meine und andere Geheimnisse

Guided tour

Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
7 April 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
7 April 2019, 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 – has now become 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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Kids and families

Rattles and a lot of noise
7 April 2019 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Rasseln, Klappern, Lärmen
Kids and families
Rattles and a lot of noise
7 April 2019, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

In the exhibition Secrecy, there is a platform with instruments on display: they are silent, look almost enchanted. In our workshop, however, it is bound to get loud, because we’re making make rattles and other noisy instruments.

> With Leah Vogler

> Material: CHF 5.–

Free entry

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Rasseln, Klappern, Lärmen

Visitors with special needs

Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
7 April 2019 15:00 - 16:00 PM
Visitors with special needs
Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
7 April 2019, 15:00 - 16:00 PM

Museums are facing challenging times: what seemed a must for an ethnographic museum in the past – for example, a collection of human skulls – has now become 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 Lua Leirner

Free entry

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Guided tour

Provenance research: many roads led to Basel
10 April 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Provenance research: many roads led to Basel
10 April 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

On the first International Day of Provenance Research we show how we at the museum deal with the history of collecting in the exhibition Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania. The guided tour provides insight into ongoing research projects and collaborations with local communities from which we hold objects in our collections.

> With Alexander Brust, curator for America, and Isabella Bosza, curator for Africa

Admission fee

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Guided tour

Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
14 April 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
14 April 2019, 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 – has now become 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 Christophe Schneider

Admission fee

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Guided tour

Secrecy
21 April 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Das Geheimnis
Guided tour
Secrecy
21 April 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Every one of us and every community has its secrets. Usually we keep them locked away in our minds, but one also finds them hiding in documents and objects: what do the secret writings of Batak ritual specialists hold? What is the meaning of the female figure on a Iatmul men’s house?

> With the exhibition curator Tabea Buri

Admission fee

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Das Geheimnis

Guided tour

Field research in the Minster
28 April 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Auf Feldforschung im Münster
Guided tour
Field research in the Minster
28 April 2019, 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 on the stuff anthropology is made of in the Museum der Kulturen Basel, we explore the Basel Minster from a new angle: 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

Admission fee

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Auf Feldforschung im Münster

Grasping anthropology

Downward dog: yoga tour in the museum
1 May 2019 18:00 - 19:30 PM
Herabschauender Hund: Yoga-Tour im Museum
Grasping anthropology
Downward dog: yoga tour in the museum
1 May 2019, 18:00 - 19:30 PM

The “downward dog” is a popular yoga position. Johanna Heusser, dance and yoga instructor, looks back on many years of intensive training in addition to critically reflecting on the practice of yoga. She has developed her engagement into a performance. Together with the curator Stephanie Lovász, she embarks on dance-cum-dialogue tour of the museum in the course of which the audience is also invited to try a few exercises.

> In collaboration with the Basel Dance Festival

Admission fee

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Herabschauender Hund: Yoga-Tour im Museum

Special event

Dancing with objects
5 May 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tanzen mit Dingen
Special event
Dancing with objects
5 May 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Dance masks from a wide range of cultures are on display in the exhibition BIG: some of them huge and expressive, others dainty and imaginative. Beatrice Voirol explains the contexts in which they are used and the relationship between dancer and mask. The subsequent show by “Tulpa” is object theatre and dance performance in one. A mysterious dance object enters the room: what follows is a dialogue between body and object, an encounter between small and large, between the subtle and the obvious.

With Beatrice Voirol, curator for Oceania, and the creators of “Tulpa”: Fabrizio Di Salvo, music, Sol Bilbao Lucuix, dance, and Tabea Rothfuchs, object design.

> In collaboration with the Basel Dance Festival

Free entry

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Tanzen mit Dingen

Kids and families

A fancy box for keen collectors
5 May 2019 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Sammelwut und Sammelkiste
Kids and families
A fancy box for keen collectors
5 May 2019, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

What do you collect? Feathers, elegant paper, animal teeth? In the workshop you get to decorate your own collector’s box which you can take home to keep all your treasures in.

> With Leah Vogler

> Material CHF 5.–

Free entry

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Sammelwut und Sammelkiste

Workshop for adults

Boro, Sashiko, and Kantha – Introduction to Japanese and Indian embroidery
11 - 12 May 2019 11:00 AM - 16:00 PM
Workshop for adults
Boro, Sashiko, and Kantha – Introduction to Japanese and Indian embroidery
11 - 12 May 2019, 11:00 AM - 16:00 PM

In Japan, the running stitch is used for mending and embroidering textiles. The museum’s textile storage holds countless examples showing how this sewing and embroidering technique is applied in Japan. They serve as inspiration for our own designs.

Please bring along any textiles in need of repair, leftover cloths, and a picnic for lunch!

There is only place for 16 textile aficionados, so please register by Fri 8.5. under 061 266 56 32 or at info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch

> CHF 190.–

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Guided tour

World views
12 May 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Weltsichten
Guided tour
World views
12 May 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

We invite you to explore the museum and its history. Get to hear about adventurous expeditions and meticulous collecting, discover surprising objects from all corners of the world, and learn what modern anthropology is all about.

> With Antonio Russo

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Weltsichten

Guided tour

Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
19 May 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
19 May 2019, 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 – has now become 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 Christophe Schneider

International Museum Day: Free entry

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Guided tour

Best-of
26 May 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Best-of
Guided tour
Best-of
26 May 2019, 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

Admission fee

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Best-of

Guided tour

Fashion
2 June 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Fashion
2 June 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pretty clothes are fun and contribute to our individuality. But how are designs created? What narratives lie hidden in the yarn? In StrawGold and other exhibitions we encounter numerous objects that provide background information as to the way we dress, and invite us to explore fashion traditions in other parts of the world.

> With Nadja Breger

Free entry

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Kids and families

My fabulous creature
2 June 2019 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Mein Fabeltier
Kids and families
My fabulous creature
2 June 2019, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

Using wood, furs, cloth leftovers, tulle, shells, and bags of imagination we create a mythological creature. At the same time, we consider where the materials come from. Are they natural or artificial?

> With Leah Vogler

> Material: CHF 5.–

Free entry

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Mein Fabeltier

Grasping anthropology

Who Needs this mask? Discussions concerning the restitution of cultural heritage objects
5 June 2019 18:00 - 19:30 PM
Wer braucht diese Maske? Debatten um Rückführung von Kulturgütern
Grasping anthropology
Who Needs this mask? Discussions concerning the restitution of cultural heritage objects
5 June 2019, 18:00 - 19:30 PM

What’s behind the claims for the restitution of cultural heritage objects? What does restitution mean for the future of anthropological museums? How does one reconcile the interests of the countries of origin with the concerns of research and conservation and the interest of museum visitors? In a short guided tour of Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania we first take a look at some “sensitive” objects before debating the issue in a podium discussion.

With Dr Anna Schmid, director of MKB, Prof Dr Elisio Macamo, University of Basel, and Prof Dr Gesine Krüger, University of Zurich.

Admission fee

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Wer braucht diese Maske? Debatten um Rückführung von Kulturgütern

Guided tour

Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
9 June 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
9 June 2019, 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 – has now become 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

Admission fee

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Guided tour

From Maya script to website
16 June 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Von der Mayaschrift zur Website
Guided tour
From Maya script to website
16 June 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Chiselling texts, carving signs, painting symbols, digital data world: what does generating data actually mean?

> With Christophe Schneider

Admission fee

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Von der Mayaschrift zur Website

Special event

Brass serenade
23 June 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Brass Serenade
Special event
Brass serenade
23 June 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Very British, Southern Dixie charm, Brazilian fire, or do you prefer classical music after all? In this picnic concert you don’t have to make a choice, because the brass ensemble of the Basel Symphony offers a bit of everything.

> Works by William Byrd, Johann Sebastian Bach, Jim Parker, Stephen Foster, George Gershwin, Zequinha de Abreu, and Chris Hazell

> In case of bad weather, the concert will not take place.

Free entry to concert

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Brass Serenade

Guided tour

StrawGold
30 June 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
StrawGold
30 June 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Why 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 Eli Wilhelm

Admission fee

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Our offering
In our online-shop you can order publications on current and past exhibitions as well as specialist books.
Our selection is continuously updated according to the exhibitions shown at the museum.
We accept VISA and Mastercard. In Switzerland we also deliver against invoice.
Order by phone from Tuesday to Friday under +41 61 266 56 84. In case you cannot find the book of your choice at our online-shop, please call the above number for assistance.

current publications

Secrecy

Who’s allowed to know what

Secrecy is alluring! Already early anthropologists showed great interest in secret knowledge and secret societies, and, in the age of Wikileaks and the ongoing Internet privacy debate, the issue is still high on the list. The companion volume to the exhibition of the same title at the Museum der Kulturen Basel looks at secrecy from the perspective of social order. Secrecy creates boundaries between insiders and outsiders, between the informed and the uninformed. Access to secret knowledge means power, revealing it spells danger.

Secrecy
earlier publications

striking patterns

Global Traces in local Ikat Fashion Design

A journey through the art and craft of woven textiles reveals to both laypersons and experts multiple perspectives: how do the designs and the use of textiles change in the light of overseas trade, the demands of politics and (trans-)local aesthetics? How do weavers react to foreign influences, global fashion trends, technical innovation and Western copyright regimes?

striking patterns
earlier publications

Tallies, Pots and Costumes

Collecting and showcasing Europe

Was haben der Paneuropäer Graf Coudenhove-Kalergi, die Wiener Volkskundlerin Eugenie Goldstern, der Aostataler Jules Brocherel, der Ovomaltine-Erfinder Albert Wander, die Handweberin Matha Farner und der kauzige Jakob Lörch gemeinsam? Sie alle haben zur einzigartigen Sammlung der Abteilung "Europa" im Museum der Kulturen Basel beigetragen. Rund drei Dutzend der leidenschaftlichen Sammler/-innen werden in Verbindung mit den von ihnen gesammelten Objekten vorgestellt.

Tallies, Pots and Costumes
earlier publications

Mission possible?

The Basel Mission Collection - Reflecting Cultural Encounters

The Basel Mission was active in Ghana, Cameroon, India, China and Indonesia. The present volume focusses on the history of its development and sheds light on mission practices, its various operational areas and the diverse fields of conflict, covering its failures as well as successes. It also addresses the mission’s entanglement with and dissociation from the respective colonial administrations.

Mission possible?
earlier publications

Opium

The incarnations of opium embrace a comforting cure, a delightful intoxicant an pernicious poison. Is Opium an elixir or curse; a source of inspiration or a pathway to mental and physical ruin? Is it a precious commodity or an inhuman evil? The attributes assigned to opium depend on the history, culture, individual experience and context of the protagonist. This publication considers many judgements and perceptions including those of traders, users and adversaries.

Opium
earlier publications

Expeditions

The World in a Suitcase (29.6.2011 – 2017)

The Period from the end of the 19th to the mid-20th Century was the heyday of anthropological expeditions. Four of them will be shown in the expedition.

Expeditions
earlier publications

Der Papageienkoffer

Arte Popular aus Lateinamerika (german)

Die Publikation gibt einen Einblick in die Entstehung der Sammlung, in den Zusammenhang zwischen Sammlung und Dokumentation und in einen der Sammlungsschwerpunkte, die Textilien.

Der Papageienkoffer
earlier publications

Intrinsic Perspectives Volume 1

(7.9.2011 – 27.1.2013)

After two years of construction, the refurbished Museum der Kulturen invites visitors to enter a totally new ambience. The anthropological collections are ready to be studied, interpreted and viewed anew.

Intrinsic Perspectives Volume 1
earlier publications

Intrinsic Perspectives Volume 2

(7.9.2011 – 27.1.2013)

The striking, outgoing project for the Museum's expansion by architects Herzog & de Meuron persuaded the Museum to dedicate a separate volume to the Museum's architectural history.

Intrinsic Perspectives Volume 2
earlier publications

Intrinsic Perspectives Volume 1 & 2

Both publications can be obtained as a double pack.

Intrinsic Perspectives Volume 1 & 2
earlier publications

Systematik der Textilen Techniken

Das Buch Systematik der Textilen Techniken von Annemarie Seiler-Baldinger gilt als ein Standardwerk der vielfältigen textilen Techniken, welches umfassende und systematische Darstellung enthält.

Systematik der Textilen Techniken
earlier publications

Make-up

Shaped for life? | "HAUT-NAH" (german)

HAUT-NAH ist das Magazin zur Ausstellung «Make up – Aufgesetzt, ein Leben lang?». Mit bunten Reportagen, Portraits, Aufzeichnungen und Facts zum gegenwärtigen Umgang mit der eigenen Haut und dem Körper

Make-up
earlier publications

Pilgern boomt

(16.9.2012 – 21.7.2013) published 2013

 Pilgrimage is in vogue – and a booming tourism business. It is much talked about, while television features, books and photo books seek explanations to the search for peace, truth and contemplation. But why do people go on a pilgrimage?

Pilgern boomt
earlier publications

Pilgrimage

(16.9.2012 – 21.7.2013)

The exhibition ‘Pilgrimage’ addresses the rediscovery of slow travel. The reasons why people undertake these strenuous journeys are manifold, and not all are religiously motivated.

Pilgrimage
earlier publications

Suspended

On the lightness of Stone

Upon invitation of the Museum der Kulturen the artist Justin Fiske from South Africa has transformed the new top-floor gallery into an enchanted space of reflection about the cycle of life.

Suspended
earlier publications

On Stage

The Art of Beijing Opera

A richly illustrated publication will accompany the “On Stage – The Art of Peking Opera" exhibition, providing a wealth of complementary material for further reading.

On Stage
earlier publications

Woven Beauty

The art of West African textiles

The richly illustrated and expertly designed publication accompanying the exhibition "Woven Beauty - The Art of West African Textiles" at the Museum der Kulturen Basel offers an impressive overview of West African textile culture, highlighting Mali, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.

Woven Beauty
earlier publications

The Art and Culture of Bali

This book is considered the only book furnishing an interested non-specialist readership with al well-founded introduction to Balinese art and Culture.

The Art and Culture of Bali
earlier publications

Bali

Living in two Worlds

12 Balinese Authors and one photograph present a self-critical image of their island. The book presents an unusual realistic mosaic of texts, opinions and images without illusions, but hopeful at the same time.

Bali
earlier publications

The Theatre of the Universe

Ritual and Art in Tenganan Pegeringsingan

In a comprehensive and richly-illustrated volume, Urs Ramseyer, describes this unique theatre in the eastern hills of Bali against the backdrop of global change, including its history, the prevailing social, economic and cultural conditions as well as the ritual performances.

The Theatre of the Universe
earlier publications

Tibet - Buddhas, Götter, Heilige

Buddhas, Gods, Saints

Eine anschauliche und reich illustrierte Publikation zu Kunst und Religion Tibets, mit Essays aus tibetischer Sicht, anhand der bedeutendsten Sammlung tibetischer Kunst und Kultur in Europa.

Tibet - Buddhas, Götter, Heilige
earlier publications

Filz

Filz ist ein faszinierendes Material, das vor allem in jüngster Zeit viele begeisterte Interessierte gefunden hat.

Filz

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