Research

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?

Area of Research

Shipping Routes

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

Area of Research

New Africa

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

Area of Research

Artistic Research

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

Area of Research

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?

Area of Research

Global Switzerland

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

Area of Research

Tropical Modernism

Modernism 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?

Area of Research

Forms of showing

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

Area of Research

Exhibitions

A Painting for the Emperor

Exhibition
8 Feb 2018 - 31 May 2018

L’Afrique des Colliers: Marie-José Crespin

Exhibition
7 Jun 2018 - 7 Oct 2018
Coming Soon

On Tour

Mobile Worlds

Exhibition
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
13 Apr 2018 - 14 Oct 2018
Coming Soon

Events

Public Tours Sundays 2 pm
20 Feb 2018
7:00 pm

Conversation

The charm and misery...
... in doing an exhibition across disciplines. With Hans Bjarne Thomsen, Martin Dusinberre, Roger M. Buergel and Sophia Prinz (DE/EN)
6 Mar 2018
7:00 pm

Thematic Tour

The Photographs of Eduard Arning
With Christina Wild and Martin Dusinberre (EN)
24 Mar 2018
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Young People

Wagashi Candy

Traditional Japanese confections made from sugar. Workshop with Tomoyo Jäger
Book Now
3 Apr 2018
7:00 pm

Thematic Tour

Global Music – Japanese Plantation and Coalminer Songs
With Hans Bjarne Thomsen and Martin Dusinberre (EN)
Closed
12 Apr 2018
7:00 pm

On Tour

Mobile Worlds
Vernissage at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Germany
17 Apr 2018
7:00 pm

Movie Night

Picture Bride

A Japanese-American film drama from 1994
22 Apr 2018
Public event in Zurich
Closed
29 Apr 2018
3:00 pm

Artist Talk

8 May 2018
7:00 pm

Thematic Tour

Where is the art?
With Hans Bjarne Thomsen and Roger M. Buergel (DE/EN)
31 May 2018
Last day of the exhibition "A Painting for the Emperor"
5 Jun 2018
Upcoming exhibition under construction
Closed
7 Jun 2018
7:00 pm
8 Jun 2018
7:00 pm

Artist Talk

10 Jun 2018
3:00 pm

Artist Talk

With Romuald Hazoumè
29 Jul 2018
Public event in Zurich
Closed
11 Aug 2018
Public event in Zurich
Closed
Events are included in the general museum admission ticket if not otherwise stated.