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Curator Historical Department

Dr. Gudrun Piller

Curator Historical Department: Dr. Gudrun Piller


Gudrun Piller studied medieval and modern history and German language and literature. She was an assistant at the Universities of Zurich and Basel from 1996 to 2001 and in 2003 was awarded a doctorate for her research into the history of the human body and medicine in the 18th century. She took over as head of Education & Outreach at Basel Historical Museum in 2001 and has been Deputy Director since 2004. She has taught several courses in museology at the University of Basel and at Zurich University of the Arts. She was acting director from 2015 to 2017 when that position remained vacant and has been curator of the Historical Department since 2017.

She was instrumental in the creation of several exhibitions (e.g. Kinderleben in Basel, SCHULDIG – Verbrechen, Strafen, Menschen.) and organized the takeover of various shows from other major museums (e.g. Verdingkinder reden, 14/18 – Die Schweiz und der Grosse Krieg). Her most recent exhibition project is «Leaps in Time – A Brief History of Basel».

Publications (selected)

Leaps In Time – A Brief History of Basel. Publication to accompany the related exhibition in the Barfüsserkirche (in collaboration with Jonathan Büttner and Daniel Suter), Basel 2020.

Five texts in Kinderleben in Basel. Eine Kulturgeschichte der frühen Jahre, catalogue of the exhibition of that name in the Barfüsserkirche, Basel 2005 (Die Familie / Geburt und Taufe / Die ersten Jahre / Mütter und Kinder in Not / Krankheit und Tod, as well as 19 catalogue texts).

Two articles in In der Fremde. Mobilität und Migration seit der Frühen Neuzeit, catalogue of the exhibition of that name in the Barfüsserkirche, Basel 2010 (Unterwegs und auf der Flucht, Fremde Bettler und Vaganten / Wege der Frauen).

“‘viel tausendt Kunststücke und Wunderwerck der Natur’: Die Sammlung des Stadtarztes Felix Platter (1536–1614),” in Die grosse Kunstkammer. Bürgerliche Sammler und Sammlungen in Basel, Basel 2011, pp. 69–80.

“Zwischen Bedrohung und Normalität – Einleitung,” in Basel zur Zeit des Ersten Weltkriegs, Basel 2014, pp. 4/5.


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