Expeditions. The world in a suitcase
29.06.2012 - 12.2016
Scientists went out to discover the world, to research and document it, and returned with a wealth of display material and trophies. These objects form the core of ethnographic collections and museums - and have ultimately become part of our own cultural identity.
"Expeditions" presents six expeditions initiated by the Museum der Kulturen. They are a crucial determinant of the past and present focus of the Museum's collecting and research activities. These expeditions set out from Basel to explore the wide world, and returned to Basel with a wealth of knowledge and ethnographic objects, and a timeless fascination with otherness. This confrontation with strange worlds has permanently influenced our conscious interaction with cultural differences and similarities - and continues to do so.