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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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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