Author, Exhibition Producer and Cultural Manager | Christine Binswanger, Architect, Herzog & de Meuron, responsible for the project | Gaby Fierz, Enthnologist, Museum der Kulturen
Museum der Kulturen | Basel (Herzog & de Meuron, 2011)
The Museum der Kulturen goes back to the 19th century and possesses one of the most important ethnological collections in Europe. The building has just been redesigned by the architects Herzog & de Meuron and expanded with a new top floor. The irregularly folded roof covered with green ceramic tiles fits seamlessly into the medieval historic centre of Basel and at the same time establishes a new landmark. The Museum has also been given its own entrance through the newly designed Schürhof courtyard. Its gently falling steps lead from the Münsterplatz (Cathedral Plaza) to the new entrance of the Museum, which is enhanced by a planting project with greenery hanging down from the roof. Image © Herzog & de Meuron
Martin Heller, born 1952. Studio arts education followed by education in art history, ethnology and ethnic studies. From 1986, first curator then, as of 1990, Director, Museum of Design Zurich. Exhibitions, publications, as well as texts about design, photography, art, media and everyday culture; educational events and lectures in Switzerland and abroad. 1999–2003, Artistic Director, the Swiss national exhibition Expo.02. 2003, founding of Heller Enterprises, Zurich. Various cultural projects primarily in Germany, Austria and Switzerland including the directorship of Linz 2009 European Capital of Culture and content development of the Humboldt Forum Berlin.
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