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
OBLIQUE INTERLACING WITH NOEMI SPEISER
9 Oct. 2018 – 10 Feb. 2019
Noémi Speiser is a textile designer with years of experience in the technique of oblique interlacing and the fabrics created therewith. Even before 1950, the then director, Prof. A. Bühler, gave her access to the museum’s collections where she conducted analyses and created reproductions of a wide range of items. All this knowledge has flowed into her works.
HANDS-ON SHIBORI-WORKSHOP 4 Nov. 2018 – 31 March 2019 The Japanese term shibori refers to a wide range of techniques used for patterning cloth: before dyeing patterns are applied to the fabric by means of tying, tucking, knotting, or folding. It is only after dyeing that the final design is revealed. Let your imagination run wild and create designs with the help of shibori techniques on fabrics provided by the museum. All the cloths will then be dyed together in the museum courtyard on 30 and 31 March 2019.