Museums face challenging times: what seemed a must for an ethnographic museum in the past – such as a collection of skulls – is now a sensitive issue. In collecting, objects were removed from their original contexts, items made of rare and precious materials such as ivory or gold aroused desires, and exotic weapons were acquired by the score. The exhibition explores the motives for this former collecting mania and poses questions as to the appropriate handling of sensitive objects today.
22 March 2019 - 19 January 2020
Maske; New Mexico, USA; Leder, Baumwolle, Pigmente; IVa 2368; Kauf von Hans Coray 1970
Liegender alter Mann über Wassertopf; Japan; Elfenbein; IId 12053; Geschenk von Alice Keller 1995
Ganesha Figur; Guledgudda, Karnataka, Indien; Holz, Pigment, Spiegel; IIa 8886; Einlieferung von Missionar Johann Gottlieb Kies an die Basler Mission 1856, Geschenk der Basler Mission 2015
Stosszahn; Benin-Stadt, Nigeria; Elfenbein; III 1038; Kauf von der Fa. Umlauff 1899
Katakombenheiliger Ignatius; Küssnacht am Rigi, Schweiz; ca. 1760; Knochen, Draht, Textil, Seidenbrokat, Baumwolltrikot, Metallfäden, Perlen, Glassteine, Gips, Leder, Stecknadeln, Holz; VI 35104; Kauf von einer Person namens Lindroos 1967