Grasping anthropology

Encounters with the Buddha
2 December 2020 18:00 - 19:30 PM
Grasping anthropology
Encounters with the Buddha
2 December 2020, 18:00 - 19:30 PM

What makes Buddhism so popular? What kind of transformations and reinterpretations has the Buddha’s teachings experienced in their more than two-thousand-year history? We invite you to explore the many facets of Buddhism and learn more about it through its imagery and ideas.

> With the curators Stephanie Lovász and Ursula Regehr

> In German

15 participants at most, registration possible under +41 61 266 56 00 or at info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch

Admission fee

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Guided tour

Enlightened
6 December 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Enlightened
6 December 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Why does the Buddha fascinate so many people? What makes his teachings so appealing? The guided tour offers enlightenment.

> With Sarah Labhardt

> In German

15 participants at most, registration possible under +41 61 266 56 00 or at info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch

Free entry

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Kids and families

Shining lotus blossoms
6 December 2020 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Leuchtende Lotosblüten
Kids and families
Shining lotus blossoms
6 December 2020, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

The lotus is a special flower. All dirt seems to magically pearl off which is why the lotus flower stands for purity in Buddhism. Using paper and colours we make a lotus lamp to guide us through the dark days ahead.

> With Leah Vogler, Learning and Programmes

> Material CHF 5.–

15 participants at the same time at most, registration not necessary.

Free entry

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Leuchtende Lotosblüten

Visitors with special needs

Enlightened
6 December 2020 15:00 - 16:00 PM
Visitors with special needs
Enlightened
6 December 2020, 15:00 - 16:00 PM

What is so captivating about the Buddha? What makes his teachings so appealing? The guided tour offers enlightenment.

> With Lua Leirner

> In German sign language

15 participants at most, registration possible under +41 61 266 56 00 or at info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch

Free entry

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Special event

Artfully wrapped
12 December 2020 12:00 - 16:00 PM
Kunstvoll verpackt
Special event
Artfully wrapped
12 December 2020, 12:00 - 16:00 PM

Our museum shop offers gifts for all ages and occasions. In addition, this weekend we provide a special pre-Xmas service: no matter whether it’s a shawl, jewellery, a book, or a game – we wrap all your gifts Japanese style.

Admission fee

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Kunstvoll verpackt

Guided tour

Enlightened
13 December 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Enlightened
Die Welt der Buddhas
13 December 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

What is so captivating about the Buddha? What makes his teachings so appealing? The guided tour offers enlightenment.

> With Nadja Breger

> In German

15 participants at most, registration possible under +41 61 266 56 00 or at info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch

Admission fee

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Special event

Artfully wrapped
13 December 2020 12:00 - 16:00 PM
Kunstvoll verpackt
Special event
Artfully wrapped
13 December 2020, 12:00 - 16:00 PM

Our museum shop offers gifts for all ages and occasions. In addition, this weekend we provide a special pre-Xmas service: no matter whether it’s a shawl, jewellery, a book, or a game – we wrap all your gifts Japanese style.

> Calendar
> PDF

Kunstvoll verpackt

Guided tour

Enlightened
20 December 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Enlightened
Die Welt der Buddhas
20 December 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

What is so captivating about the Buddha? What makes his teachings so appealing? The guided tour offers enlightenment.

> With Sarah Labhardt

> In German

15 participants at most, registration possible under +41 61 266 56 00 or at info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch

Admission fee

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Guided tour

Memory
27 December 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Memory
Momente des Erinnerns und Vergessens
27 December 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 Eli Wilhelm

> In German

15 participants at most, registration possible under +41 61 266 56 00 or at info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch

Admission fee

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Grasping anthropology

Samsara – zyklische Zeitvorstellungen im Buddhismus
6 January 2021 18:00 - 19:30 PM
Grasping anthropology
Samsara – zyklische Zeitvorstellungen im Buddhismus
6 January 2021, 18:00 - 19:30 PM

Der fortwährende Kreislauf von Werden und Vergehen prägt die Zeitvorstellung im Buddhismus. Menschen, Tiere und auch Buddhas sind diesem Kreislauf unterworfen.

Damit überhaupt etwas Neues beginnen kann, muss das Alte vergehen, so ist jedes Ende die Voraussetzung für einen Neubeginn.

> Mit Kuratorin Stephanie Lovász

Admission fee

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23.01.2022
Exhibition

Enlightened

The Realm of the Buddhas

20 November 2020 - 23 January 2022

A Buddha is a very distinctive figure. Mind you, there are more than just the one Buddha. The exhibition highlights the diversity of Buddhism and presents objects that play a significant role in Buddhist practice.
 

Buddhism has roughly 380 million followers today. Meditation and mindfulness are practised across the globe, including the digital world. In addition, one regularly comes across Buddha figures in living rooms, gardens, shopping centres, as well as wellness spas.

 

The exhibition takes the popularity of this school of thought as the occasion to introduce visitors to the Buddha and his teachings. As the title of the show and the roughly 180 exhibits indicate, there is not just the one Buddha and not only one path to enlightenment. Buddhism looks back on more than 2,000 years of history in the course of which it succeeded in adapting to new regional conditions and circumstances time and again.

 

On display are select sculptures and images from the museum’s own collections which play an important role in Buddhist practice, among them numerous objects from Gerd-Wolfgang Essen’s famous Tibet collection.

 

The intertwinement of religion and politics is another exciting topic in the exhibition. Contemporary artists reflect critically on the connection between religion and politics in their works and question the legitimacy of traditional hierarchies and power relations.

 

 

Digitorial "Enlightened"
For a long time, there were no images of the Buddha. Today, everybody recognizes him. The Digitorial “Enlightened” reveals how the Buddha came to look the way he does. The Digitorial serves as a warm-up to the exhibition.

 

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Picture Gallery
Buddha Shakyamuni; Myanmar; ohne Datierung; Alabaster, Pigmente, Vergoldung; Slg. J.R. Geigy-Merian, Geschenk 1854, IIb 7
Buddha Shakyamuni als Prinz; Tibet; 16. Jh.; Metall, feuervergoldet, Halbedelsteine; Slg. G.-W. Essen, Kauf 1998; IId-13889
Der Almosengang; Wat Dhaukanong, Thonburi, Thailand; ohne Datierung; Teakholz, Pigmente; Slg. T. Meier, Kauf 1962, IIb 2129
Bodhisattvi Sita Tara; 131 Tibet; 19. Jh.; Metall, feuervergoldet, Pigmente, Türkis, Perlen; Slg. G.-W. Essen, Kauf 1998, IId 13957
Schneckenhorn; Uva, Sri Lanka; ohne Datierung; Meeresschnecke; Slg. F. und P. Sarasin, Geschenk 1902, IIa 330
Rad der Lehre mit Gazellenpaar; Tibet; 19. Jh.; Silber, Koralle, Türkis; Slg. G.-W. Essen, Kauf 1998, IId 14091
Impressions
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