Guided tour

Secrecy
21 April 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Das Geheimnis
Guided tour
Secrecy
21 April 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 the exhibition curator Tabea Buri

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Das Geheimnis

Guided tour

Field research in the Minster
28 April 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Auf Feldforschung im Münster
Guided tour
Field research in the Minster
28 April 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

For once, talk in the Basel Minster is not about theology or art history, but about anthropology. Following a 30-minute crash course on the stuff anthropology is made of in the Museum der Kulturen Basel, we explore the Basel Minster from a new angle: what does the church’s main porch tell us about social belonging? In how far is a church service also a performance?

Start: Museum der Kulturen Basel, end: Basel Minster

> With Antonio Russo

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Auf Feldforschung im Münster

Grasping anthropology

Downward dog: yoga tour in the museum
1 May 2019 18:00 - 19:30 PM
Herabschauender Hund: Yoga-Tour im Museum
Grasping anthropology
Downward dog: yoga tour in the museum
1 May 2019, 18:00 - 19:30 PM

The “downward dog” is a popular yoga position. Johanna Heusser, dance and yoga instructor, looks back on many years of intensive training in addition to critically reflecting on the practice of yoga. She has developed her engagement into a performance. Together with the curator Stephanie Lovász, she embarks on dance-cum-dialogue tour of the museum in the course of which the audience is also invited to try a few exercises.

> In collaboration with the Basel Dance Festival

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Herabschauender Hund: Yoga-Tour im Museum

Special event

Dancing with objects
5 May 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tanzen mit Dingen
Special event
Dancing with objects
5 May 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Dance masks from a wide range of cultures are on display in the exhibition BIG: some of them huge and expressive, others dainty and imaginative. Beatrice Voirol explains the contexts in which they are used and the relationship between dancer and mask. The subsequent show by “Tulpa” is object theatre and dance performance in one. A mysterious dance object enters the room: what follows is a dialogue between body and object, an encounter between small and large, between the subtle and the obvious.

With Beatrice Voirol, curator for Oceania, and the creators of “Tulpa”: Fabrizio Di Salvo, concept and choreography, Sol Bilbao Lucuix, dance, and Tabea Rothfuchs, object design.

> In collaboration with the Basel Dance Festival

Free entry

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Tanzen mit Dingen

Kids and families

A fancy box for keen collectors
5 May 2019 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Sammelwut und Sammelkiste
Kids and families
A fancy box for keen collectors
5 May 2019, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

What do you collect? Feathers, elegant paper, animal teeth? In the workshop you get to decorate your own collector’s box which you can take home to keep all your treasures in.

> With Leah Vogler

> Material CHF 5.–

Free entry

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Sammelwut und Sammelkiste

Workshop for adults

Boro, Sashiko, and Kantha – Introduction to Japanese and Indian embroidery
11 - 12 May 2019 11:00 AM - 16:00 PM
Workshop for adults
Boro, Sashiko, and Kantha – Introduction to Japanese and Indian embroidery
11 - 12 May 2019, 11:00 AM - 16:00 PM

In Japan, the running stitch is used for mending and embroidering textiles. The museum’s textile storage holds countless examples showing how this sewing and embroidering technique is applied in Japan. They serve as inspiration for our own designs.

Please bring along any textiles in need of repair, leftover cloths, and a picnic for lunch!

There is only place for 16 textile aficionados, so please register by Fri 8.5. under 061 266 56 32 or at info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch

> CHF 190.–

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Guided tour

World views
12 May 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Weltsichten
Guided tour
World views
12 May 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

We invite you to 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

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Weltsichten

Guided tour

Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
19 May 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
19 May 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 Christophe Schneider

International Museum Day: Free entry

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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10.04.2016
Exhibition

Expeditions

The world in a suitcase

29 June 2012 - 10 April 2016

Between the end of the nineteenth and the mid-twentieth century explorers from Basel went on numerous expeditions, laying the foundation for the city’s extensive ethnographic collections. The exhibition traces the history of these expeditions.

Between the end of the nineteenth and the mid-twentieth century explorers from Basel conducted numerous expeditions, laying the foundation for the city’s extensive ethnographic collections. In the exhibition Expeditions. The World in a Suitcase the Museum der Kulturen Basel traces this history by describing four expeditions in detail, explaining the explorers’ motives and showing what they brought home with them in terms of collections and knowledge.

Measuring, salvaging, comparing, taking pictures
The visitors are taken along on a series of journeys: to Sri Lanka (Ceylon, 1883–1925) with Paul and Fritz Sarasin; to Vanuatu (New Hebrides, 1910–1912) with Felix Speiser; to Indonesia and East Timor (1935) with Alfred Bühler; and to Cameroon (1953) with Paul Hinderling and René Gardi.

Basis of world-famous collections
The exhibition presents roughly 540 objects, photographs as well as film and sound recordings, providing insight into the diversity of the Basel collections. The show is accompanied by a rich supporting programme that addresses issues concerning anthropology today and in the past.


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