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Exhibition
Studio portrait of a dragoman travel guide
Exhibition

Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig

Oriental Grand Tour. Photographs from the Ruth and Peter Herzog collection

Today: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

13 September 2020 - 13 December 2020

In conjunction with the large special exhibition entitled “THE INCREDIBLE WORLD OF PHOTOGRAPHY. The Ruth and Peter Herzog collection” at the Kunstmuseum Basel and the exhibition “MIDDLE AGES AND MODERNITY. Photographs from the Ruth and Peter Herzog collection” at the Historisches Museum Basel, the Antikenmuseum Basel will stage a special exhibition on 19th century orientalist photography. At that time, foreign travel to the Middle East experienced a veritable boom. From the tradition of going on a so-called ‘grand tour’ of cities and places particularly in Italy and Greece, popular since the late 17th century especially amongst the English gentry and undertaken as part of an individual’s education, evolved a form of tourism which was marketed mainly to wealthy Europeans, taking them to various locations in the Middle East. Some of the classic stopovers on these tours were Athens, Beirut, Damascus, Jerusalem and Constantinople. The popularity of this type of travel was enhanced further by the then still relatively new technology of photography, which not only gave travellers an opportunity to create their own mementos but also increased the allure of such journeys for those who had stayed at home. The selection of photographs from the Ruth and Peter Herzog collection on display at the Antikenmuseum Basel is an outstanding series of photohistorically important works highlighting some of the destinations on these tours. Special focus is on archaeological sites in the Middle East, some of which had not only never been photographed before (Persepolis) but have since been destroyed by the Syrian civil war (Palmyra). The newly designed artificially lit space houses the oriental collection of the Antikenmuseum consisting of treasures from Mesopotamia, Syria, Turkey and Cyprus and is ideally suited for this purpose.

The exhibition is made possible by Dr. Claudia E. Suter


Studio portrait of a dragoman (travel guide), albumin print, 1860-1880, Félix Bonfils (1831-1885), © as collection by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron Cabinet, Basel, All rights reserved
Museum
Aussenaufnahme Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig

Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig

OpenClosed | 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

St. Alban-Graben 5,  4010  Basel

Opening Hours

Mo Closed  |  Tu 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM  |  We 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM  |  Th 11.00 AM - 10.00 PM  |  Fr 11.00 AM - 10.00 PM  |  Sa 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM  |  Su 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Christmas/New Year 2020/2021

23 December 2020: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

24 December 2020: Closed

25 December 2020: Closed

26 December 2020: Closed

27 December 2020: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

28 December 2020: Closed

29 December 2020: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

30 December 2020: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

31 December 2020: Closed

01 January 2021: Closed

02 January 2021: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

03 January 2021: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM


Institution

The Basel Museum of Ancient Art is the only Swiss museum devoted exclusively to the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean region. The permanent exhibition contains ancient art mainly from Egyptian, Greek, Italic, Etruscan and Roman cultures. Located in the heart of the city of Basel, the museum is a place where the ancient world is regularly cast in a new light.

Admission

Adults: CHF 10
Groups: CHF 8 (10+ people)
Concessions: CHF 5
Free entry: Thursday and Friday from 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday
Special admission fees for temporary exhibition

Museums-PASS-Musées Free admission

Swiss Museum Pass Free admission

colourkey Free admission

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Studio portrait of a dragoman travel guide
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Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig

Oriental Grand Tour. Photographs from the Ruth and Peter Herzog collection

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In conjunction with the large special exhibition entitled “THE INCREDIBLE WORLD OF PHOTOGRAPHY. The Ruth and Peter Herzog collection” at the Kunstmuseum Basel and the exhibition “MIDDLE AGES AND MODERNITY. Photographs from the Ruth and Peter Herzog collection” at the ...
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