Guided tour

Bhima, Mr Punch, and the Demon
26 January 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Bhima, Mr Punch, and the Demon
26 January 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Puppetry lives off seemingly lifeless actors and objects. Let the gripping stories about love and life drawn you in.

> With Eli Wilhelm

> In German

Admission fee

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Guided tour

Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
2 February 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut
Guided tour
Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
2 February 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 Antonio Russo

> In German

Free entry

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Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut

Kids and families

I bet you don’t recognize me!
2 February 2020 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Gäll, du kennsch mit nit?
Kids and families
I bet you don’t recognize me!
2 February 2020, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

We create cardboard head-masks ready for carnival, taking figures from the exhibition “Bhima, Mr Punch, and the Demon” as inspiration. Who do you want to be: bold Mr Punch, a demon with devilish fangs, or an Indian princess?

> With Leah Vogler, Learning and Programmes

Free entry

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Gäll, du kennsch mit nit?

Grasping anthropology

Free-spirited “Mamschel Weiss” – turning the spotlight on a collector
5 February 2020 18:00 - 19:30 PM
Die eigensinnige «Mamschel Weis» – eine Sammlerin ins Licht gerückt
Grasping anthropology
Free-spirited “Mamschel Weiss” – turning the spotlight on a collector
5 February 2020, 18:00 - 19:30 PM

Annemarie Weiss (1877-1933) of Basel was an exceptional personality. The lively spinster travelled regularly to the Valais where she collected a total of almost 400 ethnographic objects for Eduard Hoffmann-Krayer, then the head of the European Department at today’s Museum der Kulturen Basel. But her name hardly ever appears. We searched for traces and are now able to shed light on free-spirited “Mamschel Weiss”. Her collection reveals what was of scientific interest at the time and what made the traditions of the Valais so fascinating for the people of Basel.

> With curator Tabea Buri and Karin Kaufmann, research fellow at the Museum der Kulturen Basel

> In German

Admission fee

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Die eigensinnige «Mamschel Weis» – eine Sammlerin ins Licht gerückt

Guided tour

Best of
9 February 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Best-of
Guided tour
Best of
9 February 2020, 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

> In German

Admission fee

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Best-of

Guided tour

Basel Carnival
16 February 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Basel Carnival
16 February 2020, 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 curator Tabea Buri

> In German

Admission fee

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Guided tour

Basel Carnival
16 February 2020 15:00 - 16:00 PM
Guided tour
Basel Carnival
16 February 2020, 15:00 - 16:00 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 curator Tabea Buri

> In German

Admission fee

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Guided tour

Basel Carnival
23 February 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Basel Carnival
23 February 2020, 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 Lilian Vindret

> In German

Admission fee

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Guided tour

Le Carnaval de Bâle
23 February 2020 15:00 - 16:00 PM
Guided tour
Le Carnaval de Bâle
23 February 2020, 15:00 - 16:00 PM

Visite guidée en français

Le Carnaval de Bâle

Depuis quand le Morgestraich existe-t-il? Pourquoi le Carnaval de Bâle kick off-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
1 March 2020 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Guided tour
Basel Carnival
1 March 2020, 11:00 - 11:50 AM

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

Free entry

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Guided tour

Basel Carnival
1 March 2020 12:00 - 12:50 PM
Guided tour
Basel Carnival
1 March 2020, 12:00 - 12:50 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 English

Free entry

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Kids and families

My colourful lantern
1 March 2020 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Meine bunte Laterne
Kids and families
My colourful lantern
1 March 2020, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

Morgestraich is at the door and soon beautiful lanterns will light up the town once again. We make our own lantern out of a PET bottle and colourful paper.

> With Leah Vogler and Aila Özvegyi, Learning and Programmes

Free entry

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Meine bunte Laterne

Visitors with special needs

Bhima, Mr Punch, and the Demon
1 March 2020 15:00 - 16:00 PM
Visitors with special needs
Bhima, Mr Punch, and the Demon
1 March 2020, 15:00 - 16:00 PM

Puppetry lives off seemingly lifeless actors and objects. Let the gripping stories about love and life drawn you in.

> With Lua Leirner

> In German

Free entry

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Guided tour

World views
8 March 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Weltsichten
Guided tour
World views
8 March 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

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Weltsichten

Guided tour

Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
15 March 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut
Guided tour
Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
15 March 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

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Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut

Special event

The Soldier’s Tale
21 March 2020 20:00 - 21:15 PM
Die Geschichte vom Soldaten
Special event
The Soldier’s Tale
21 March 2020, 20:00 - 21:15 PM

From the exhibition to the stage: the replicas of age-old puppets by Elsi and Fernand Giauque are coming to Basel: in “The Soldier’s Tale” by Charles Ferdinand-Ramuz and Igor Stravinsky, a soldier agrees to a deal with the devil: in exchange for his violin he receives a book with the promise of great wealth – but will it really make him happy?

A collaboration between the Museum der Kulturen Basel, the Basler Marionettentheater, and the Marionettenoper im Säulensaal des Musikwissenschaftlichen Seminars der Universität Heidelberg

> Venue: Basler Marionettentheater, Zehntenkeller, Münsterplatz 8

> Limited seating, advance booking at Basler Marionettentheater, Tel. 061 206 99 96, at www.ticketcorner.ch, or at Bider & Tanner, Basel

> Admission fee Basel Puppet Theatre

> In German

Foto © Matthew Gardner

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Die Geschichte vom Soldaten

Guided tour

Bhima, Mr Punch, and the Demon
22 March 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Bhima, Mr Punch, and the Demon
22 March 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Puppetry lives off seemingly lifeless actors and objects. Let the gripping stories about love and life drawn you in.

> With Nadja Breger

> In German

Admission fee

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Special event

The Soldier's Tale
22 March 2020 15:00 - 16:15 PM
Die Geschichte vom Soldaten
Special event
The Soldier's Tale
22 March 2020, 15:00 - 16:15 PM

From the exhibition to the stage: the replicas of age-old puppets by Elsi and Fernand Giauque are coming to Basel: in “The Soldier’s Tale” by Charles Ferdinand-Ramuz and Igor Stravinsky, a soldier agrees to a deal with the devil: in exchange for his violin he receives a book with the promise of great wealth – but will it really make him happy?

A collaboration between the Museum der Kulturen Basel, the Basler Marionettentheater, and the Marionettenoper im Säulensaal des Musikwissenschaftlichen Seminars der Universität Heidelberg

> Venue: Basler Marionettentheater, Zehntenkeller, Münsterplatz 8

> Limited seating, advance booking at Basler Marionettentheater, Tel. 061 206 99 96, at www.ticketcorner.ch, or at Bider & Tanner, Basel

> Admission fee Basel Puppet Theatre

> In German

Foto © Matthew Gardner

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Die Geschichte vom Soldaten

Guided tour

BIG
29 March 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
BIG
29 March 2020, 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 and by whom is size defined and measured? And what’s so impressive about big things?

> With Reingard Discherl

> 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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Special event

Snow
19 November 2020 18:30 - 20:30 PM
Special event
Snow
19 November 2020, 18:30 - 20:30 PM

You are cordially invited to the exhibition opening.

Free entry

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19.01.2020
Exhibition

StrawGold

Cultural Transformations Rendered Visible

Until 19 January 2020

Why is a Bavarian dirndl tailored from African waxprint cloths? Moreover, what is African about these cloths? Can it be that in southern Asia and the Himalayan region the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara is represented by a male being, while in Japan the same bodhisattva is worshipped in female form named Kannon Bosatsu. The second permanent exhibition titled StrawGold focuses on cultural appropriation and transformation processes. Items of everyday use, technologies, materials, political ideas as well as religious beliefs spread not only across regions, but across the entire world. In their new settings they are gradually absorbed and creatively woven into new cultural contexts. 

In ten stations the exhibition addresses different themes, such as upcycling, fashion, religious interrelationships and (hi)stories of global economic entanglement, through to rites of passage. 

Since cultural transformation processes belong to the constants in life, changes are also made to two of the exhibition galleries each year. In the opening gallery alternating artists are showcased with a work which, in some way or another, was inspired by an object in our collections. The last gallery in the exhibition is redesigned twice a year in order to address further themes or to enlarge upon special aspects of the exhibition – either in the form of shows designed alongside with collaborative partners or in workshops in which visitors are invited to engage and convert an item of everyday use into something new and special.

The Exhibition plays host to

 

CREATIVE POTENTIAL – The join-in workshops in StrawGold
28 Apr. 2019 – 19 Jan. 2019
During the winter months we organized a join-in workshop in the exhibition StrawGold in which visitors were invited to fold, plaid, weave, knot, sew … and many, actually, gave it a go. In “Creative potential” we present the results of these inspired visits to the museum.

 

AFTER-EFFECTS – Revisting StrawGold
25 Jun. 2019 – 19 Jan. 2019
As from summer 2019 we are staging a (virtual) reunion with the guests to the exhibition StrawGold – Cultural Transformations Rendered Visible. Numerous artists concerned themselves with objects from the collection in their work, transforming them in multiple and imaginative ways. The interviews on film shed some light on this process.

 


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Picture gallery
Aus Pet wird Gold! Die Designerin Florie Salnot hat 2009 zusammen mit Saharawi-Frauen in Flüchtlingscamps in Südwest-Algerien innovative handwerkliche Techniken entwickelt mit denen sie aus weggeworfenen Pet-Flaschen fein ziselierten Gold-Schmuck zum Verkauf herstellen können. Foto: Sallot Georges
Necklace; Hamburg, Germany; PET bottles, acrylic paint, lisle; 2014; Design: Florie Salnot
Dirndl à l'Africaine; Munich, Germany; cotton, syntetic, cowry, lace; 2014; Design: Marie Darouiche, Rahmée Wetterich (NOH NEE)
Cloth with shibori pattern; Honsu, Japan; Silk, Indigo; 1963; IId 5946
Plastic can; Dakar, Senegal; recycling plastic; 2014
Impressions
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