14 Nov 2019 - 5 May 2020
The film footage of the “MS Basilea” gives us reason to ask about the stories written by ships. "A Ship Will Not Come" is dedicated to the small stories and rather inconspicuous events. Stories that allow a view of the whole.
16 May 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
Rather than draw on identical notions of “nations”, “epochs” and “cultures”, the Johann Jacobs Museum’s World Exhibition aims to bring into focus the interspaces and interdependencies at the heart of historical and contemporary objects, films and works of art – as well as a number of things that actually elude identification altogether.
13 Nov 2018 - 5 May 2019
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).
7 Jun 2018 - 4 Nov 2018
The colliers made by Marie-José Crespin combine products of living and inanimate nature with the sometimes wondrous, sometimes terrible history of trade relations that have shaped the African continent for centuries.

Mobile Worlds


13 Apr 2018 - 14 Oct 2018
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
or The Museum of our Transcultural Present
Countless things make their way across the globe. The course of this migration can alter not only what these things mean, but the forms they take as well. What does a Croatian national football team jersey signal when worn by a boy in Al-Raqqah?
8 Feb 2018 - 31 May 2018
Japanese Labourers on Sugar Plantations in Hawai’i
An invitation to cross oceans and genres of art, and to consider practices of framing and unframing in the narration of history.
29 Aug 2017 - 28 Jan 2018
Curated by Marcelo Rezende und Eduardo Simantob
African Brazil, St. Gallen embroidery and a modernist utopia
18 May 2017 - 20 Aug 2017
Stealing the Trapeze or a history of Singapore, told from a sailor`s viewpoint.

Holy Goods


28 Feb 2017 - 14 May 2017
Curated by Wolfgang Scheppe
Chinese fire offerings and the cult of globalized consumption
17 Nov 2016 - 19 Feb 2017
Artists from all over the world reflect on the origins of a global present at a time when China, the new, global power of the 21st century, is just starting to constitute itself.
Partners: Suzhou Museum

Suzhou Documents


21 Aug 2016 - 20 Oct 2016
Suzhou Art Museum, Suzhou/ China
"Suzhou Documents" aims to access China’s artistic legacy and comprehend its environmental and technological challenges through the prism of the ancient city of Suzhou.
Partners: Suzhou Museum
14 Jul 2016 - 13 Nov 2016
How does Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer relate to anarchy? And what connects La Chaux-de-Fonds in the Jura highlands of Switzerland with Jingdezhen, the “porcelain capital” in China’s Jiangxi Province?
26 Apr 2016 - 10 Jul 2016
A book is dissected. Not just any book, but the novel “Terras do sem fim,“ a classic of Latin American literature. Layers of meaning uncovered in the process expose the blueprint of colonial cocoa production.
21 Jan 2016 - 17 Apr 2016
The exhibition explores the singular moment of Japanese modernization by taking a close look at the patterns on historical kimonos.
1 Oct 2015 - 17 Jan 2016
An experimental set-up of materials and forms without which Maya Deren’s “Haitian Rushes” cannot be understood.
7 Jul 2015 - 27 Sep 2015
The wave bridges epochs with no other obvious connection, incompatible areas of expertise and disparate realities. With the wave as our guiding motif we explore the Jacobs library to shed light on the present-day, transcultural mix stemming from trade relations and hegemonies, and the migration of people and things.
20 Mar 2015 - 28 Jun 2015
Exhibition and boutique
Ines Doujak’s installation raises questions about the historical entanglement of dominance, power and revolt, racism and sexism. At the same time, it sounds out the poetic and imaginary resources of revolutionary resistance: indeed, of resistance per se.
9 Dec 2014 - 15 Mar 2015
The associative networks Allan Sekula constructs to capture and salvage maritime trade are as far-flung as they are finely woven.
Partners: Maumaus

Lina Bo Bardi


14 Jun 2014 - 30 Nov 2014
Exhibition Series
We follow Italian-Brazilian designer and architect Lina Bo Bardi on her journey through the Brazilian northeast and to the edges of her own perception. The aim of this trip was to deduce a picture of society and its emancipatory possibilities from the simple forms of a poverty-stricken culture.
12 Apr 2014 - 9 Jun 2014
With a film installation by Harun Farocki
A film and various coffee services made of silver explore the repressed history of European prosperity.
21 Jan 2014 - 8 Apr 2014
“A Season in Shell” follows the passage of the pink abalone from a co-operative of Somali fishermen via Dubai to China where its flesh is dealt as an exquisite delicacy and its shell refined into mother of pearl.
7 Sep 2013 - 12 Jan 2014
The Johann Jacobs Museum’s first exhibition provides a rough outline of some of the intercultural hybrid forms that have developed along global trade routes, which will largely determine the Museum’s exhibitions in years to come. It consists mainly of research materials such as 18th-century porcelain figurines from Meissen, archive material relating to Maya Deren and photographs by contemporary artists Lidwien van de Ven and George Osodi.