Making the World. Museum der Kulturen, Basel.

The topic of two exhibitions at two museums in Basel focuses on the humans and how they shape the world they inhabit.

The focus at the Museum of Ethnography (26.01.2021 – 23.01.2022) is on the following themes: relationships, orientation, traces, and imaginations. Old European masters, African masks, Asian shadow plays along with an orator’s stool from Oceania tell about the multitude and variability of relationships.

The exhibits reflect relations of humans amongst each other, with the animal world, as well as with ancestors who, in turn, exert influence on human life.

Mobility, both mental and physical, has always been an issue for humans. Wherever people travel, live and work, they leave traces in the landscape.

A series of artworks not only depict cultural landscapes but also scenes of industrialization and environmental degradation.

Large paintings and textiles from across the world show how humans immerse themselves in imaginary, surreal or cubist worlds, forests, and cities and render them artistically.

The exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel (27.11.2021–24.4.2022, Making the World. Spiritual Worlds) centres on the human spirit and how it lends meaning to the world through belief and religious imagery.