Guided tour

Best-of – Cancelled
31 May 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Best-of – abgesagt
Guided tour
Best-of – Cancelled
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

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> PDF

Best-of – abgesagt

Grasping anthropology

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

> Calendar
> PDF

Afrikanische Welten in China – abgesagt

Special event

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

> Calendar
> PDF

Kids and families

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

> Calendar
> PDF

Guided tour

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

> Calendar
> PDF

Kids and families

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

> Calendar
> PDF

10 Jahre mini.musik – abgesagt

Guided tour

Gender trouble – cancelled
14 June 2020 14:00 - 15:00 PM
Gender Trouble – abgesagt
Guided tour
Gender trouble – cancelled
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

> Calendar
> PDF

Gender Trouble – abgesagt

Guided tour

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

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

> Calendar
> PDF

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

> 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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