Guided tour

StrawGold
17 November 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
StrawGold
17 November 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

How come a Bavarian dirndl is made of African cloths? Moreover, in what sense are these cloths still African? Objects, ideas, and technologies have been travelling between cultures since time immemorial. Learn more about these fascinating histories of entanglement.

> With Reingard Dirscherl

> In German

Admission fee

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Special event

Mother and Child
21 November 2019 18:30 - 20:30 PM
Special event
Mother and Child
21 November 2019, 18:30 - 20:30 PM

The focus of the Christmas exhibition is on an unequal couple: mother and child. Their relationship is defined by sentiments and cultural norms. Sculptures and paintings reveal the whole gamut of emotions, from idealization and admiration to tenderness and grief.

You are cordially invited to the exhibition opening.

Free entry

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Guided tour

Mother and child
24 November 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Mother and child
24 November 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

From the Virgin Mary to #regrettingmotherhood: On the guided tour we encounter a wide range of mother and child relationships. Sculptures and pictures reveal how differently the unequal couple is represented across the world.

> With curator Tabea Buri

> In German

Admission fee

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Visitors with special needs

Mother and child in images
24 November 2019 14:00 - 16:00 PM
Visitors with special needs
Mother and child in images
24 November 2019, 14:00 - 16:00 PM

Just about every culture holds its own ideas about motherhood, ideal parents, and good children, and conveys these in images. In the exhibition we go in search of these images and ideas. In the workshop we use origami techniques to make picture frames for our drawings and photographs.

> With Lua Leirner and Regina Mathez, Learning and Programmes

Limited number of participants

Please register by Fri 15.11. under 061 266 56 32 or at info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch.

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Workshop for adults

In Japan, the wrapping is part of the gift
30 November 2019 11:00 AM - 16:00 PM
In Japan beginnt das Geschenk mit der Verpackung
Workshop for adults
In Japan, the wrapping is part of the gift
30 November 2019, 11:00 AM - 16:00 PM

Japanese men and women pay as much attention to a present’s wrapping as to the gift itself. We show and explain various knotting and folding techniques with which objects of varying shapes and sizes can be wrapped in style. A gift acquires special meaning if it is wrapped in a furoshiki, a square cloth, instead of paper.

> With Regina Mathez, Learning and Programmes, and curator Stephanie Lovász

> In German

Please bring along an object for you to wrap, and a picnic for lunch!

16 participants at most, please register by Fri 22.11. under 061 266 56 32 or at info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch.

CHF 95.–

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In Japan beginnt das Geschenk mit der Verpackung

Guided tour

Mother and child
1 December 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Mother and child
1 December 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

From the Virgin Mary to #regrettingmotherhood: On the guided tour we encounter a wide range of mother and child relationships. Sculptures and pictures reveal how differently the unequal couple is represented across the world.

> With Antonio Russo

> In German

Free entry

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Kids and families

1 2 3 – A matryoshka and two kids
1 December 2019 13:00 - 17:00 PM
1 2 3 – Eine Matrjoschka und zwei Kinder
Kids and families
1 2 3 – A matryoshka and two kids
1 December 2019, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

What is hidden in the belly of this wooden figure? One thing is for sure: your matryoshka set will turn out very colourful.

> With Leah Vogler, Learning and Programmes

Free entry

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1 2 3 – Eine Matrjoschka und zwei Kinder

Grasping anthropology

Mamma Mia & Ave Maria
4 December 2019 18:00 - 19:30 PM
Grasping anthropology
Mamma Mia & Ave Maria
4 December 2019, 18:00 - 19:30 PM

This evening is also a feast for the ears: in the guided tour, the sculptures and pictures of mothers with their children are complemented by songs from different styles and genres.

> With curator Tabea Buri and Florence Roth, exhibition assistant

> In German

Admission fee

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Guided tour

Bima, Mr Punch, and Demon
8 December 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Bima, Mr Punch, and Demon
8 December 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Puppetry thrives on seemingly lifeless actors and objects. Let yourself to be drawn into these gripping stories about love and life.

> With Nadja Breger

> In German

Admission fee

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Special event

Maternal deities
11 December 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Special event
Maternal deities
11 December 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Mother Earth, Virgin Mary, primeval mother – the mother figure is associated with divinity in a wide range of contexts. We look at the different ways Virgin Mary and Jesus are represented and compare them with images of other maternal deities.

> With curator Tabea Buri

> In German

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Special event

Artfully wrapped
14 - 15 December 2019 10:00 AM - 17:00 PM
Kunstvoll verpackt
Special event
Artfully wrapped
14 - 15 December 2019, 10:00 AM - 17:00 PM

In our museum shop you will find special gifts for all ages and occasions. This weekend, we offer a special pre-Christmas service: whatever you choose – scarf, jewellery, book, or game – we will wrap your gift Japanese style.

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Kunstvoll verpackt

Guided tour

Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
15 December 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut
Guided tour
Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
15 December 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 – 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 Reingard Dirscherl

> In German

Admission fee

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Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut

Guided tour

Mother and child
22 December 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Mother and child
22 December 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

From the Virgin Mary to #regrettingmotherhood: On the guided tour we encounter a wide range of mother and child relationships. Sculptures and pictures reveal how differently the unequal couple is represented across the world..

> With Eli Wilhelm

> In German

Admission fee

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Kids and families

Mother and child
29 December 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Kids and families
Mother and child
29 December 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Do you know that, in earlier days, children were told that babies grow on trees like apples? Have you heard the story of the Indian god Krishna who was adopted and raised by a family of shepherds? On this joint tour, parents and children together get to know stories, objects, and images that tell about family life across the globe.

> With curator Tabea Buri

> In German

Admission fee

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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

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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

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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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