Guided tour

Bima, Mr Punch, and Demon
16 August 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Bima, Mr Punch, and Demon
16 August 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

> With exhibition curator Richard Kunz

> In German

Admission fee

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Guided tour

BIG
23 August 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
BIG
23 August 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 representing two appropriate examples. But how and by whom 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

Thirst for knowledge meets collecting mania
30 August 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut
Guided tour
Thirst for knowledge meets collecting mania
30 August 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Thirst for knowledge meets collecting mania

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

Admission fee

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Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut

Grasping anthropology

Reading Inca knotted cords
2 September 2020 18:00 - 19:30 PM
Knotenschnüre der Inka lesen
Grasping anthropology
Reading Inca knotted cords
2 September 2020, 18:00 - 19:30 PM

Up to this day, the knotted cords of the Inca, so-called khipu, hold many secrets. During the period of the Inca Empire in what is today Peru, they were used for recording and communicating data, news, and narratives. But, over time, the people forgot how to read the khipu. We introduce you to the significance of khipu (in English) and try to decipher the code of the five-metre-long cord held in our Museum.

> With Manuel Medrano, University of St. Andrews, und exhibition curator Alexander Brust

> In English

Admission fee

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Knotenschnüre der Inka lesen

Special event

Brass Connection
6 September 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Brass Connection
Special event
Brass Connection
6 September 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The brass section of the Basel Symphony Orchestra is putting on a Balkans party. A furioso open air concert that offers lots of fun and joie de vivre, ideal for a family picnic outing.

Pure enjoyment in the museum courtyard: bring with you a picnic basket, a folding chair, or a blanket, we provide the music and entertainment.

Concert in dry weather only. Check whether the concert is on at www.sinfonieorchesterbasel.ch

Free entry

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Brass Connection

Kids and families

Your personal Memory game
6 September 2020 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Kids and families
Your personal Memory game
6 September 2020, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

Using pictures of museum objects, we create a memory game. You’re bound to remember the cards you designed yourself!

> With Leah Vogler, Learning and Programmes

> Material CHF 5.–

Free entry

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Guided tour

Memory
6 September 2020 14:00 - 15:00 PM
Guided tour
Memory
6 September 2020, 14:00 - 15:00 PM

The exhibition playfully reveals practices by which people commemorate important moments in life, but quickly also forget about them again. From birth to death, significant events are passed down by word of mouth, chiselled in stone, or, as the case may be, kept secret.

> With Antonio Russo

Free entry

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Visitors with special needs

Memory
6 September 2020 15:00 - 16:00 PM
Visitors with special needs
Memory
6 September 2020, 15:00 - 16:00 PM

The exhibition playfully reveals practices by which people commemorate important moments in life, but quickly also forget about them again. From birth to death, significant events are passed down by word of mouth, chiselled in stone, or, as the case may be, kept secret.

> With Lua Leirner

Free entry

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Guided tour

Doing field research in the Minster
13 September 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Auf Feldforschung im Münster
Guided tour
Doing field research in the Minster
13 September 2020, 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 in the Museum der Kulturen Basel on what anthropology is all about, we explore the Basel Minster from a new perspective: 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

> In German

Admission fee

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Auf Feldforschung im Münster

Guided tour

Thirst for knowledge meets collecting mania
20 September 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut
Guided tour
Thirst for knowledge meets collecting mania
20 September 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

Guided tour

Memory
27 September 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Memory
27 September 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The exhibition playfully reveals practices by which people commemorate important moments in life, but quickly also forget about them again. From birth to death, significant events are passed down by word of mouth, chiselled in stone, or, as the case may be, kept secret.

> With Sarah Labhardt

Admission fee

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Special event

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

You are cordially invited to the exhibition opening.

Free entry

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01.07.2016
Exhibition

BIG

Things Interpretations Dimensions

Permanent exhibition

 

Big is great! Big things impress us and evoke awe. But what is so fascinating about size? Does big mean the same thing across the world or are there cultural differences? Who sets the measures, how are height, length and width defined? We take a close look at big things and their meanings. Come and judge for yourself. Cultural dimensions of size in focus – the new exhibition BIG – Things Interpretations Dimensions.

We wish to thank the L. & Th. La Roche Foundation for generously supporting this exhibition.

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Picture Gallery
Kultfigur kaia imunu Papua-Neuguinea, vor 1931, Vb 8070 ©MKB, Foto: Omar Lemke
Schattenspielfigur des Kumbhakarna Südindien, vor 1964, IIa 3175 ©MKB, Foto: Omar Lemke
Maske hareigha aus Papua-Neuguinea, kann bis zu 12 Meter hoch sein, vor 1926 © MKB
Indisches Zeremonialschild eines Kriegers, 160 cm, vor 1937 © MKB
Ein Hummer als Sarg aus Westafrika, Länge 224cm, Künstler: Kudjoe Affutu; Ge-schenk Museum Tinguely © MKB
Das Verschlingungsungeheuer kaia imunu aus Papua-Neuguinea, 330 cm, vor 1931 © MKB
Brasilianischer Gürtel aus Jaguarfell, 70cm, vor 1964 © MKB
Mass für Opferhühner aus Bali – der Lochdurchmesser beträgt 5 cm, vor 1973 © MKB
Die buddhistische Gebetskette Mâlâ besteht aus 108 Perlen und ist 20cm lang, Tibet Mitte 20. Jh. © MKB
Giebelmaske der Männerkulthäuser, aus Papua-Neuguinea, vor 1930 © MKB
Zählstab, verwendet beim Kauf von Frauen in Papua-Neuguinea, 148cm, vor 1930 © MKB
Die Maske Churukchruk aus Papua-Neuguinea symbolisiert die Fruchtbarkeit der Gärten, 245cm, vor 1914 © MKB
Impressions
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