Guided tour

Secrecy
27 January 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Das Geheimnis
Guided tour
Secrecy
27 January 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Every one of us and every community has its secrets. Usually we keep them locked away in our minds, but one also finds them hiding in documents and objects: what do the secret writings of Batak ritual specialists hold? What is the meaning of the female figure on a Iatmul men’s house?

> With Christophe Schneider

In German

Admission fee

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Das Geheimnis

Special event

From magic wands to doping tests – What museum objects have to say about secrets
31 January 2019 18:30 - 19:45 PM
Von Zauberstab zum Dopingtest
Special event
From magic wands to doping tests – What museum objects have to say about secrets
Was Museumsobjekte über Geheimnisse verraten
31 January 2019, 18:30 - 19:45 PM

You encounter them in powerful conspiracies, in exclusive secret societies, as well as in every family: secrets! Secrets create boundaries between insiders and outsiders, and thus also make effective instruments of social order. The exhibition Secrecy – Who’s Allowed to Know What reveals how secrets are woven into all cultural narratives.

> With the exhibition curator Tabea Buri

In German

> Ticket incl. entry to the museum CHF 25

The event is part of the VHSBB programme “Secrets – Approaching a Common Phenomenon”. Information on the programme: Volkshochschule beider Basel www.vhsbb.ch

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Von Zauberstab zum Dopingtest

Guided tour

StrawGold
3 February 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
StrawGold
3 February 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. Get to know more about these fascinating entanglements.

> With Nadja Breger

In German

Free entry

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Kids and families

Kids’ carnival
3 February 2019 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Kids and families
Kids’ carnival
3 February 2019, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

We create a paper mask and add to it wild, funny, and colourful decorations with the aid of fur, cloth, lace, tulle, and colours.

> With Regina Mathez

Material: CHF 5.-

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Grasping anthropology

Noémi Speiser
6 February 2019 18:00 - 19:30 PM
Lebensgeflecht
Grasping anthropology
Noémi Speiser
6 February 2019, 18:00 - 19:30 PM

An intriguing lady with an intriguing passion: Noémi Speiser, 92, is an expert on interlacing and a fabric artist with a lifelong record of unravelling interlaced works of all kinds. In discussion with Sabine Rotach she talks about her fascinating research and her work as an artist. With examples of her oeuvre and objects from the collections.

In German

Admission fee

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Lebensgeflecht

Guided tour

From Maya script to website
10 February 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Von der Mayaschrift zur Website
Guided tour
From Maya script to website
10 February 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

In German

Admission fee

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Von der Mayaschrift zur Website

Guided tour

BIG
17 February 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
BIG
17 February 2019, 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 is size defined and measured? And what’s so impressive about big things?

> With Réka Mascher-Frigyesi

In German

Admission fee

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Guided tour

Basel carnival
24 February 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Basel carnival
24 February 2019, 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 Liliane Vindret

In German

Admission fee

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Guided tour

Le Carnaval de Bâle
24 February 2019 15:00 - 16:00 PM
Guided tour
Le Carnaval de Bâle
24 February 2019, 15:00 - 16:00 PM

Depuis quand le Morgestraich existe-t-il? Pourquoi le Carnaval de Bâle commence-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

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Guided tour

Basel carnival
3 March 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Basel carnival
3 March 2019, 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 Liliane Vindret

In German

Free entry

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Kids and families

My little stick lantern
3 March 2019 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Kids and families
My little stick lantern
3 March 2019, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

Forwards, march: stick lanterns are a typical feature of the Morgestraich. Make one with your own motto!

> With Regina Mathez

Material: CHF 5.-

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Grasping anthropology

How secret are secret societies?
6 March 2019 18:00 - 19:30 PM
Wie geheim sind Bünde?
Grasping anthropology
How secret are secret societies?
6 March 2019, 18:00 - 19:30 PM

Exclusive men’s and women’s societies exude a distinct fascination. What are often erroneously described as “secret” societies pride themselves on their impressive visual displays, including colourful dance staffs, richly symbolic costumes, and impressive masks, as we shall see on our tour of the exhibition Secrecy. With regard to European Freemasonry, we have asked an expert, himself a freemason, to provide a view from the inside.

> With Tabea Buri, curator of the exhibition Secrecy, and Michael Lang-Alsvik, freemason.

In German

Admission fee

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Wie geheim sind Bünde?

Guided tour

Basel carnival
10 March 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Basel carnival
10 March 2019, 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 Margrit Gontha

In German

Admission fee

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> PDF

Guided tour

Basel carnival
10 March 2019 12:15 - 13:15 PM
Guided tour
Basel carnival
10 March 2019, 12:15 - 13:15 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 German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Guided tour

Basel Carnival
10 March 2019 15:00 - 16:00 PM
Guided tour
Basel Carnival
10 March 2019, 15:00 - 16:00 PM

Since when has the Morgestraich been an essential part of our carnival? Why does the Basel carnival start on the Monday after Ash Wednesday and at four o’clock in the morning sharp? Magnificent historical rooms provide the backdrop to a comprehensive journey through all the intriguing facets of the Basel Carnival.

> with Margrit Gontha

In English

Admission fee

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Guided tour

Gender trouble
17 March 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Gender trouble
17 March 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The guided tour looks at objects from the perspective of male/female relationships, revealing a number of surprising facets about “gender trouble” in the never-ending interplay of male and female identities.

> With Eli Wilhelm

In German

Admission fee

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Special event

Thirst for knowledge meets collecting mania
21 March 2019 18:30 - 20:30 PM
Special event
Thirst for knowledge meets collecting mania
21 March 2019, 18:30 - 20:30 PM

Human skulls, ivory tusks, and speers are among the items in our collection which today rank as sensitive objects. What made collectors acquire them? What was behind the collecting mania of earlier days, and what implications does it have for us today? Quench your thirst for knowledge.

Free entry

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Guided tour

Thirst for knowledge meets collecting mania
24 March 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Thirst for knowledge meets collecting mania
24 March 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.

> In German

Admission fee

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Guided tour

Secrecy
31 March 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Das Geheimnis
Guided tour
Secrecy
31 March 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Every one of us and every community has its secrets. Usually we keep them locked away in our minds, but one also finds them hiding in documents and objects: what do the secret writings of Batak ritual specialists hold? What is the meaning of the female figure on a Iatmul men’s house?

> With Sabine Rotach

In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Das Geheimnis
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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.
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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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