Guided tour

Bhima, Mr Punch, and the Demon
26 January 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Bhima, Mr Punch, and the Demon
26 January 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Puppetry lives off seemingly lifeless actors and objects. Let the gripping stories about love and life drawn you in.

> With Eli Wilhelm

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Guided tour

Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
2 February 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut
Guided tour
Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
2 February 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

Free entry

> Calendar
> PDF

Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut

Kids and families

I bet you don’t recognize me!
2 February 2020 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Gäll, du kennsch mit nit?
Kids and families
I bet you don’t recognize me!
2 February 2020, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

We create cardboard head-masks ready for carnival, taking figures from the exhibition “Bhima, Mr Punch, and the Demon” as inspiration. Who do you want to be: bold Mr Punch, a demon with devilish fangs, or an Indian princess?

> With Leah Vogler, Learning and Programmes

Free entry

> Calendar
> PDF

Gäll, du kennsch mit nit?

Grasping anthropology

Free-spirited “Mamschel Weiss” – turning the spotlight on a collector
5 February 2020 18:00 - 19:30 PM
Die eigensinnige «Mamschel Weis» – eine Sammlerin ins Licht gerückt
Grasping anthropology
Free-spirited “Mamschel Weiss” – turning the spotlight on a collector
5 February 2020, 18:00 - 19:30 PM

Annemarie Weiss (1877-1933) of Basel was an exceptional personality. The lively spinster travelled regularly to the Valais where she collected a total of almost 400 ethnographic objects for Eduard Hoffmann-Krayer, then the head of the European Department at today’s Museum der Kulturen Basel. But her name hardly ever appears. We searched for traces and are now able to shed light on free-spirited “Mamschel Weiss”. Her collection reveals what was of scientific interest at the time and what made the traditions of the Valais so fascinating for the people of Basel.

> With curator Tabea Buri and Karin Kaufmann, research fellow at the Museum der Kulturen Basel

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Die eigensinnige «Mamschel Weis» – eine Sammlerin ins Licht gerückt

Guided tour

Best of
9 February 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Best-of
Guided tour
Best of
9 February 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

Guided tour

Basel Carnival
16 February 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Basel Carnival
16 February 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Since when has the Morgestraich been a hallmark feature of carnival? Why does the Basel carnival kick off at 4 a.m. sharp on the Monday after Ash Wednesday? Get to know more about the history of the Basel carnival, its cliques, as well as the famous Guggemusigg and Schnitzelbängg.

> With curator Tabea Buri

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Guided tour

Basel Carnival
16 February 2020 15:00 - 16:00 PM
Guided tour
Basel Carnival
16 February 2020, 15:00 - 16:00 PM

Since when has the Morgestraich been a hallmark feature of carnival? Why does the Basel carnival kick off at 4 a.m. sharp on the Monday after Ash Wednesday? Get to know more about the history of the Basel carnival, its cliques, as well as the famous Guggemusigg and Schnitzelbängg.

> With curator Tabea Buri

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Guided tour

Basel Carnival
23 February 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Basel Carnival
23 February 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Since when has the Morgestraich been a hallmark feature of carnival? Why does the Basel carnival kick off at 4 a.m. sharp on the Monday after Ash Wednesday? Get to know more about the history of the Basel carnival, its cliques, as well as the famous Guggemusigg and Schnitzelbängg.

> With Lilian Vindret

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Guided tour

Le Carnaval de Bâle
23 February 2020 15:00 - 16:00 PM
Guided tour
Le Carnaval de Bâle
23 February 2020, 15:00 - 16:00 PM

Visite guidée en français

Le Carnaval de Bâle

Depuis quand le Morgestraich existe-t-il? Pourquoi le Carnaval de Bâle kick off-t-il le lundi après le mercredi des Cendres à quatre heures du matin ? Vous aurez un aperçu de l’histoire du carnaval et de ses cliques, “Guggenmusik” et vers satiriques nommés “Schnitzelbängg”.

> Avec Liliane Vindret

> en français

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Guided tour

Basel Carnival
1 March 2020 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Guided tour
Basel Carnival
1 March 2020, 11:00 - 11:50 AM

Since when has the Morgestraich been a hallmark feature of carnival? Why does the Basel carnival kick off at 4 a.m. sharp on the Monday after Ash Wednesday? Get to know more about the history of the Basel carnival, its cliques, as well as the famous Guggemusigg and Schnitzelbängg.

> With Margrit Gontha

> In German

Free entry

> Calendar
> PDF

Guided tour

Basel Carnival
1 March 2020 12:00 - 12:50 PM
Guided tour
Basel Carnival
1 March 2020, 12:00 - 12:50 PM

Since when has the Morgestraich been a hallmark feature of carnival? Why does the Basel carnival kick off at 4 a.m. sharp on the Monday after Ash Wednesday? Get to know more about the history of the Basel carnival, its cliques, as well as the famous Guggemusigg and Schnitzelbängg.

> With Margrit Gontha

> In English

Free entry

> Calendar
> PDF

Kids and families

My colourful lantern
1 March 2020 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Meine bunte Laterne
Kids and families
My colourful lantern
1 March 2020, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

Morgestraich is at the door and soon beautiful lanterns will light up the town once again. We make our own lantern out of a PET bottle and colourful paper.

> With Leah Vogler and Aila Özvegyi, Learning and Programmes

Free entry

> Calendar
> PDF

Meine bunte Laterne

Visitors with special needs

Bhima, Mr Punch, and the Demon
1 March 2020 15:00 - 16:00 PM
Visitors with special needs
Bhima, Mr Punch, and the Demon
1 March 2020, 15:00 - 16:00 PM

Puppetry lives off seemingly lifeless actors and objects. Let the gripping stories about love and life drawn you in.

> With Lua Leirner

> In German

Free entry

> Calendar
> PDF

Guided tour

World views
8 March 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Weltsichten
Guided tour
World views
8 March 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Weltsichten

Guided tour

Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
15 March 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut
Guided tour
Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
15 March 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

The Soldier’s Tale
21 March 2020 20:00 - 21:15 PM
Die Geschichte vom Soldaten
Special event
The Soldier’s Tale
21 March 2020, 20:00 - 21:15 PM

From the exhibition to the stage: the replicas of age-old puppets by Elsi and Fernand Giauque are coming to Basel: in “The Soldier’s Tale” by Charles Ferdinand-Ramuz and Igor Stravinsky, a soldier agrees to a deal with the devil: in exchange for his violin he receives a book with the promise of great wealth – but will it really make him happy?

A collaboration between the Museum der Kulturen Basel, the Basler Marionettentheater, and the Marionettenoper im Säulensaal des Musikwissenschaftlichen Seminars der Universität Heidelberg

> Venue: Basler Marionettentheater, Zehntenkeller, Münsterplatz 8

> Limited seating, advance booking at Basler Marionettentheater, Tel. 061 206 99 96, at www.ticketcorner.ch, or at Bider & Tanner, Basel

> Admission fee Basel Puppet Theatre

> In German

Foto © Matthew Gardner

> Calendar
> PDF

Die Geschichte vom Soldaten

Guided tour

Bhima, Mr Punch, and the Demon
22 March 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Bhima, Mr Punch, and the Demon
22 March 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Puppetry lives off seemingly lifeless actors and objects. Let the gripping stories about love and life drawn you in.

> With Nadja Breger

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Special event

The Soldier's Tale
22 March 2020 15:00 - 16:15 PM
Die Geschichte vom Soldaten
Special event
The Soldier's Tale
22 March 2020, 15:00 - 16:15 PM

From the exhibition to the stage: the replicas of age-old puppets by Elsi and Fernand Giauque are coming to Basel: in “The Soldier’s Tale” by Charles Ferdinand-Ramuz and Igor Stravinsky, a soldier agrees to a deal with the devil: in exchange for his violin he receives a book with the promise of great wealth – but will it really make him happy?

A collaboration between the Museum der Kulturen Basel, the Basler Marionettentheater, and the Marionettenoper im Säulensaal des Musikwissenschaftlichen Seminars der Universität Heidelberg

> Venue: Basler Marionettentheater, Zehntenkeller, Münsterplatz 8

> Limited seating, advance booking at Basler Marionettentheater, Tel. 061 206 99 96, at www.ticketcorner.ch, or at Bider & Tanner, Basel

> Admission fee Basel Puppet Theatre

> In German

Foto © Matthew Gardner

> Calendar
> PDF

Die Geschichte vom Soldaten

Guided tour

BIG
29 March 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
BIG
29 March 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 providing two good examples. But how and by whom is size defined and measured? And what’s so impressive about big things?

> With Reingard Discherl

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Special event

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

You are cordially invited to the exhibition opening.

Free entry

> Calendar
> PDF

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

> Calendar
> PDF

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

> Calendar
> PDF

Welcome to the online-shop
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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