Guided tour

Memory
4 October 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Memory
Moments of Remembering and Forgetting
4 October 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The exhibition playfully reveals practices by which people commemorate important moments in life, but quickly also forget about them again. From birth to death, significant events are passed down by word of mouth, chiselled in stone, or, as the case may be, kept secret.

> With Eli Wilhelm

> In German

Free entry

> Calendar
> PDF

Kids and families

Entrance of a royal couple
4 October 2020 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Ein Königspaar tritt auf
Kids and families
Entrance of a royal couple
4 October 2020, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

We make stick puppets out of wooden spoons, taking the Indian story of Prince Rama and Princess Sita from the “Memory” exhibition as our source of inspiration.

> With Leah Vogler, Learning and Programmes

> Material CHF 5.–

Free entry

> Calendar
> PDF

Ein Königspaar tritt auf

Grasping anthropology

Benin Bronzes – The Museum der Kulturen Basel also has a few
7 October 2020 18:00 - 19:30 PM
Benin Bronzen – auch im Museum der Kulturen Basel
Grasping anthropology
Benin Bronzes – The Museum der Kulturen Basel also has a few
7 October 2020, 18:00 - 19:30 PM

The so-called Benin Bronzes, which the British looted from the royal palace of Benin, Nigeria, and shipped to England in 1897, look back on an eventful history. In the exhibition “Memory – Moments of Remembering and Forgetting” there are three Benin objects on display: two memorial heads and a relief plate. What was their function in the Kingdom of Benin, what was lost to memory when they were stolen, how did they reach Basel, and what do they tell us about colonial and global entanglement?

> With curator Franziska Jenni

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Benin Bronzen – auch im Museum der Kulturen Basel

Guided tour

Thirst for knowledge meets collecting mania
11 October 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut
Guided tour
Thirst for knowledge meets collecting mania
11 October 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

Guided tour

Memory
18 October 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Memory
Moments of Remembering and Forgetting
18 October 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The exhibition playfully reveals practices by which people commemorate important moments in life, but quickly also forget about them again. From birth to death, significant events are passed down by word of mouth, chiselled in stone, or, as the case may be, kept secret.

> With Nadja Breger

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Guided tour

World views
25 October 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Weltsichten
Guided tour
World views
25 October 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

Day of the dead – family feast and cultural heritage
1 November 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Totentag – Familienfest und Kulturerbe
Guided tour
Day of the dead – family feast and cultural heritage
1 November 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

All Saints’ and All Souls’ are celebrated in Mexico as a lively and joyful reunion with deceased family members. As a matter of fact, the “Día de Muertos“ even features in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The guided tour of the “Memory” exhibition sheds light on the Day of the Dead’s many facets – from cultural politics to favoured foods of the dead.

> With curator Alexander Brust

> In German

Free entry

> Calendar
> PDF

Totentag – Familienfest und Kulturerbe

Kids and families

Creepily beautiful for Halloween
1 November 2020 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Gruselig-schön an Halloween
Kids and families
Creepily beautiful for Halloween
1 November 2020, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

In Mexico, the Day of the Dead is a joyful and colourful event. Bright, flower-decorated skulls are a particularly popular adornment. They serve us as inspiration for our Halloween masks.

> With Leah Vogler, Learning and Programmes

> Material CHF 5.–

Free entry

> Calendar
> PDF

Gruselig-schön an Halloween

Grasping anthropology

Values in times of uncertainty
4 November 2020 18:00 - 19:30 PM
Werte in unsicheren Zeiten
Grasping anthropology
Values in times of uncertainty
4 November 2020, 18:00 - 19:30 PM

In times of uncertainty, values tend to undergo changes. Some things become unimportant, others gain in significance. Values are often also associated with precious objects such as a roll of feather money from the Solomon Islands or a Maori feather cloak. But what makes an object valuable? On a tour through the exhibitions, we discuss the question of cultural valuation with the help of selected exhibits.

> With curator Beatrice Voirol and Réka Mascher-Frigyesi, Learning and Programmes

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Werte in unsicheren Zeiten

Guided tour

Thirst for knowledge meets collecting mania
8 November 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut
Guided tour
Thirst for knowledge meets collecting mania
8 November 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 curator Beatrice Voirol

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut

Guided tour

Memory
15 November 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Memory
Moments of Remembering and Forgetting
15 November 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The exhibition playfully reveals practices by which people commemorate important moments in life, but quickly also forget about them again. From birth to death, significant events are passed down by word of mouth, chiselled in stone, or, as the case may be, kept secret.

> With Sabine Rotach

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Guided tour

Enlightened
22 November 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Enlightened
The Realm of the Buddhas
22 November 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

What is so captivating about the Buddha? What makes his teachings so appealing? The guided tour offers enlightenment.

> With curator Stephanie Lovász

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Special event

Searching for the Buddha
25 November 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Special event
Searching for the Buddha
25 November 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The exhibition “Enlightened – The World of the Buddhas” features numerous representations of different Buddhas. Today we focus on the historical Buddha, Buddha Shakyamuni. We try to fathom him with the aid of historical facts, testimonies, his teachings, and artistic representations.

> With curator Stephanie Lovász

> In German

> Calendar
> PDF

Workshop for adults

Furoshiki, Washi and Co – Wrapping presents Japanese style
28 November 2020 11:00 AM - 16:00 PM
Furoshiki, Washi und Co. – Geschenke verpacken auf japanische Art
Workshop for adults
Furoshiki, Washi and Co – Wrapping presents Japanese style
28 November 2020, 11:00 AM - 16:00 PM

A Japanes furoshiki is a square piece of cloth that is used for different purposes: as a type of lunchbox, as a carrier bag for personal items, or for wrapping presents. Participants are introduced to different knotting and folding techniques for elegantly wrapping objects of different size and shape in either cloth or paper. In this way, the wrap itself already becomes a gift.

> With Regina Mathez, Learning and Programmes

> CHF 95.–

Please, bring with you a picnic for lunch and an item for wrapping.

14 participants at most, please register by Monday 23.11. under 061 266 56 00 or at info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch

> Calendar
> PDF

Furoshiki, Washi und Co. – Geschenke verpacken auf japanische Art

Guided tour

Enlightened
29 November 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Enlightened
The Realm of the Buddhas
29 November 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

What is so captivating about the Buddha? What makes his teachings so appealing? The guided tour offers enlightenment.

> With Anna Buser

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Grasping anthropology

Encounters with the Buddha
2 December 2020 18:00 - 19:30 PM
Grasping anthropology
Encounters with the Buddha
2 December 2020, 18:00 - 19:30 PM

What makes Buddhism so popular? What kind of transformations and reinterpretations has the Buddha’s teachings experienced in their more than two-thousand-year history? We invite you to explore the many facets of Buddhism and learn more about it through its imagery and ideas.

> With the curators Stephanie Lovász and Ursula Regehr

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Guided tour

Enlightened
6 December 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Enlightened
6 December 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Why does the Buddha fascinate so many people? What makes his teachings so appealing? The guided tour offers enlightenment.

> With Sarah Labhardt

> In German

Free entry

> Calendar
> PDF

Kids and families

Shining lotus blossoms
6 December 2020 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Leuchtende Lotusblüten
Kids and families
Shining lotus blossoms
6 December 2020, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

The lotus is a special flower. All dirt seems to magically pearl off which is why the lotus flower stands for purity in Buddhism. Using paper and colours we make a lotus lamp to guide us through the dark days ahead.

> With Leah Vogler, Learning and Programmes

> Material CHF 5.–

Free entry

> Calendar
> PDF

Leuchtende Lotusblüten

Visitors with special needs

Enlightened
6 December 2020 15:00 - 16:00 PM
Visitors with special needs
Enlightened
6 December 2020, 15:00 - 16:00 PM

What is so captivating about the Buddha? What makes his teachings so appealing? The guided tour offers enlightenment.

> With Lua Leirner

> In German sign language

Free entry

> Calendar
> PDF

Special event

Artfully wrapped
12 December 2020 12:00 - 16:00 PM
Kunstvoll verpackt
Special event
Artfully wrapped
12 December 2020, 12:00 - 16:00 PM

Our museum shop offers gifts for all ages and occasions. In addition, this weekend we provide a special pre-Xmas service: no matter whether it’s a shawl, jewellery, a book, or a game – we wrap all your gifts Japanese style.

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Kunstvoll verpackt

Guided tour

Enlightened
13 December 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Enlightened
Die Welt der Buddhas
13 December 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

What is so captivating about the Buddha? What makes his teachings so appealing? The guided tour offers enlightenment.

> With Nadja Breger

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Special event

Artfully wrapped
13 December 2020 12:00 - 16:00 PM
Kunstvoll verpackt
Special event
Artfully wrapped
13 December 2020, 12:00 - 16:00 PM

Our museum shop offers gifts for all ages and occasions. In addition, this weekend we provide a special pre-Xmas service: no matter whether it’s a shawl, jewellery, a book, or a game – we wrap all your gifts Japanese style.

> Calendar
> PDF

Kunstvoll verpackt

Guided tour

Enlightened
20 December 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Enlightened
Die Welt der Buddhas
20 December 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

What is so captivating about the Buddha? What makes his teachings so appealing? The guided tour offers enlightenment.

> With Sarah Labhardt

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Guided tour

Memory
27 December 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Memory
Momente des Erinnerns und Vergessens
27 December 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The exhibition playfully reveals practices by which people commemorate important moments in life, but quickly also forget about them again. From birth to death, significant events are passed down by word of mouth, chiselled in stone, or, as the case may be, kept secret.

> With Eli Wilhelm

> In German

Admission fee

> 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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