The Johann Jacobs Museum develops exhibitions to find something out. We want to take a fresh look at the history and present of our world. Rather than emphasize differences between nations, eras and cultures or cementing identities, we focus on understanding and shedding light on the complexities of global interdependence. They show in the ambiguity of human interaction and the open-ended significance not only of artworks, but of most of the objects we handle. Our method is the “migration of form”: We work with academics, artists and other experts of our transcultural everyday life such as schoolchildren, for example, to follow the movement of things across the globe and through time.

Raw Materials

What is human history about if not the distribution of scarce resources?

Area of Research

A Museum of the Present

How do museums deal with the fact that our global present consists of complex, centuries-old interdependencies?

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Shipping Routes

What's life like at sea, in the “forgotten space” of the modern age?

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New Africa

“Africa does not have to tag behind anyone. Above all, it has no reason to follow the paths prescribed by others.”

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Artistic Research

On the independent existence of historical facts and speculation along the gray area between poetry and truth.

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The Topicality of Chinese Antiquity

What role has China’s traditional, deeply feudally-impacted art and culture played in the radical modernization process the country has been undergoing since the 1980s?

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Global Switzerland

On the history and present-day global interdependence of a supposedly self-sufficient state.

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Tropical Modernity

Modernity is a global co-production that touched almost every corner of the world, and continues to do so today.

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Meiji and later

What contradictions and conflicts lie concealed beneath the shining cloak of Japanese aesthetics?

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Forms of showing

On exhibitions as a way of brushing patterns of perception against the grain.

Area of Research


Tiffany Chung – Thu Thiem

13 Nov 2018 - 5 May 2019
Coming Soon

On Tour


Public Tours Sundays 2 pm
23 Oct 2018 7:00 pm

Theme Night

Flamingos and Elephants

With Christina Wild
Flamingo feathers and ivory beads will guide this talk to investigate animals and their migrations as artistic and historical actors. (GE)
30 Oct 2018 7:00 pm


Aesthetic appropriation and magical protection

With Manthia Diawara, filmmaker, cultural theorist
A lecture that seeks to explore the inbetweenness of ritual objects and artworks. (EN)
4 Nov 2018 2:00 pm

Theme Talk

Africa intertwined

With Andreas Greiner
Beads entered the African continent on caravan routes and became part of everyday life. How do we do historical research when our object of study is volatile and left almost no traces that come close to what we call “document”? (GE)
6 Nov 2018
Upcoming exhibition under construction
13 Nov 2018
19:00 Uhr


Tiffany Chung – Thu Thiem

an archaeological project for future remembrance
Tiffany Chung excavates in ruins and urban waste to reveal objects: children’s shoes, window frames, tiles and the like. The artist’s excavation site, called ThủThiêm, is an old city quarter in Saigon (Vietnam).
15 Nov 2018 7:00 pm

Artist Talk

Tiffany Chung

Tiffany Chung in conversation with Roger M. Buergel. (EN)
1 Dec 2018
Private event
4 Dec 2018
Private event
25 Dec 2018
Christmas Day
1 Jan 2019
New Year's Eve
Events are included in the general museum admission ticket if not otherwise stated.