Basel - Exhibition

Thirst for Knowledge Meets Collecting Mania

Museum der Kulturen Basel

22 Mar 201919 Jan 2020

Museum der Kulturen Basel presents the exhibition Thirst for Knowledge Meets Collecting Mania, explores the motives for this former collecting mania and poses questions as to the appropriate handling of sensitive objects today.

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.

  • Maske; New Mexico, USA; Leder, Baumwolle, Pigmente; IVa 2368; Kauf von Hans Coray 1970.Maske; New Mexico, USA; Leder, Baumwolle, Pigmente; IVa 2368; Kauf von Hans Coray 1970.

Special Events

Destination: Basel
Where: Museum der Kulturen Basel
Type: Workshop

A Fancy Box for Keen Collectors (Workshop for kids of 6 and older)

Destination: Basel
Where: Museum der Kulturen Basel
Type: Guided Tour
Destination: Basel
Where: Museum der Kulturen Basel
Type: Guided Tour

Grasping anthropology – guided tour and discussion with Dr. Anna Schmid, director of MKB, Prof Dr. Elisio Macamo, University of Basel, and Prof Dr. Gesine Krüger, University of Zurich.

Destination: Basel
Where: Museum der Kulturen Basel
Type: Guided Tour

Contacts & Details

OPENING:
tue, wed, thu, fri, sat, sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

CLOSING DAYS:
mon

ADMISSION:
Ticket

ESTABLISHED:
1849

OWNER/DIRECTOR:
Schmid Anna


T: +41 61 266 5600 M: info@mkb.ch W: Museum der Kulturen Basel
ADDRESS:
Münsterplatz 20 Basel, CH-4051 Switzerland