Museum der Kulturen Basel

Big. Things Interpretations Dimensions

Collection display 01.07.2016 - 22.08.2021

We are impressed and fascinated by bigness. Nowadays we tend to live, think and build entirely in terms of superlatives. The new permanent exhibition brings the big world to the museum, showcasing huge objects but, surprisingly, also many small exhibits. Because big doesn't mean the same thing across the world. There are different ways of gauging and understanding bigness, and physical size is only one of many criteria. Across fourteen exhibition spaces we take measure and look into the cultural dimensions of bigness. This ranges from competition and power, to ancestor worship, divinity and the sinister, to death and the unfathomable reaches of infinity.

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