Robert Delaunay in Paris

Robert Delaunay (1885-1941), the runners, 1924–1925. Private collection. Photo Kunsthaus Zurich.

This exhibition pays homage to the work of Robert Delaunay (1885 –1941), one of the foremost pioneers of early 20th-century art.  This overview will allow to experience the wide-ranging and innovative nature of Delaunay’s work, exploring the significant themes that were to preoccupy him throughout his career: light, colour and the pictorial expression of the process of vision. It will also show how, as a passionate advocate and practitioner of abstract art, he became a central figure within the Parisian avant-garde. Works by early 20th-century photographers and filmmakers will complement the display.


Costumes of Carnival in Venice

Some of the beautiful costumes of the show. Foto: Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel

The carnival in Venice is first mentioned in records from the year 1094. It flourished in the 18th century. The Venetians have always celebrated their carnival with great enthusiasm. It lasts eleven days and has developed into one of the most famous festivals in the world. The carnival served to ridicule the established upper class. The historical backdrop of the city rounds off the peculiarity of the Venetian carnival. Its revival in the mid-1970s led to the revival of various crafts threatened with extinction. The costumes of the special exhibition come from a private collection and were made to measure by the best craftsmen of their trade.


750 Years of the Weaving Guild

Object on Display at the exhibition. Photo: Historisches Museum Basel

In 1268, the bishop of Basel allowed the weavers to set up a guild. On the occasion of the 750th anniversary, a small exhibition will present the history of the weaving guild. Since its foundation, the guild has undergone several changes. Initially a poor association of craftsmen, it achieved a respected position among the guilds of craftsmen in the 16th and 17th centuries. At first the simple wool and linen weavers, the spinners, spoilers, bleachers and dyers belonged to it. . With the influx of religious and political refugees (Jews, Hugenots and other Protestants), new, economically important branches were added: velvet and silk weaving as well as silk dyeing. In the 20th century, the Basel textile industry experienced a decline – but not the weaving guild. Today, the guild no longer unites textile experts, but some 250 professionals from a wide variety of sectors. Now the spectacular and magnificent silver objects of the guild can be seen, but also exhibits documenting the everyday life of the guild.