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The exhibition concept of the Johann Jacobs Museum is characterized by a process-oriented approach and aims to react to the interrelations of globalization and the complex history of global trade routes. The main theme of the Johann Jacobs Foundation in Zurich is to support the development of children under 12 years.

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February 2014

Holy Goods: Chinese fire offerings and the cult of globalized consumption – Wolfgang Scheppe

28 February 2014 - 14 May 2014
Johann Jacobs Museum, Seefeldquai 17, 8034 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Opening Tuesday, February 28th, 19h Holy Goods One of the oldest forms of Chinese folk belief, is still a lively tradition practiced everywhere in the culture of China and its diaspora: fire offerings sacrificing paper reproductions of money and goods that, by burning them, are handed over to deceased ancestors to mitigate their needs and satisfy their desires. These paper models have recently changed from counterfeit copies of traditional products to replicas of goods found in any Western department store.…

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May 2017

Why do Chinese burn money?

9 May
Johann Jacobs Museum, Seefeldquai 17, 8034 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Why do Chinese burn money? The Chinese imagine the hereafter as a precise replica of life in this world. For this very reason, the dead also need all the things we feel we couldn’t live without here on Earth, i.e. money, handbags and smartphones. It is up to the living to supply their ancestors with such things, and so faithful paper reproductions are burned during a ceremony to do just that. This lecture sheds light on the origins and current…

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August 2017

There is no more land, there is only sand

20 August
Johann Jacobs Museum, Seefeldquai 17, 8034 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Lecture by Milica Topalovic The process of Singapore’s transformation from a backwater colonial port, predominantly rural, to the new nation of industrial middle class housed in public high rises, was dubbed a “territorial revolution” with many layers: the social, political and economic dimensions of the national territory have been sculpted by the hand of the state, using topography as the main medium. Singapore also shows that construction of urban land usually doesn’t come without a (vast) hinterland. The city-state is…

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September 2017

Origins of Samba

7 September
Johann Jacobs Museum, Seefeldquai 17, 8034 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Raimundo dos Santos Concert Musician, composer and painter Raimundo dos Santos (b. 1971), called Bida, lives and works in his hometown Salvador da Bahia. His broad repertoire includes not only the musical tradition from the time of slavery and the plantation economy, but modern Brazilian dance and pop music as well. Besides Samba de Roda, Xote and Afoxé music, his compositions are based on elements of reggae, blues and funk. Many of his songs have been recorded by influential groups…

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