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Curator Musical Instruments

Isabel Münzner

Curator Musical Instruments: Isabel Münzner


Isabel Münzner studied musicology and sociology at the University of Basel, University of Zurich and University of London. Since 2017, she has been curator of the collection of musical instruments at the Historisches Museum Basel. As exhibition curator, she collaborated on the exhibitions "Up Beat! Metronomes and Musical Time" (2017), "New at the Museum of Music" (2018), "Sound Pictures – Music manuscripts and prints from 16th-century Basel" (2019), and "animalistic! The Sound of Animals" (2021).

Isabel Münzner is a member of the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung (GfM), the Comité international pour les musées et collections d'instruments et de musique (CIMCIM), and the board of the Gesellschaft der Freunde alter Musikinstrumente (GEFAM) and the Schweizerische Musikforschende Gesellschaft Basel (SMG).

Publications (selected)

«Von Katzen, Kakadus und Klarinetten - Der Klang der Tiere im Musikmuseum Basel», in: Glareana 71 / 2 (2022), S. 5-42.

Isabel Münzner, “Liebliche Instrumente – im Musikmuseum,” Historisches Museum Basel Jahresbericht 2017, pp. 48–53.

Isabel Münzner, “On it ticks! The Basel exhibition ‘Up Beat! Metronomes and Musical Time’,” CIMCIM Bulletin September 2017, pp. 27f.

«Der Klang der Tiere», in «Tierisch!: ein Thema - vier Ausstellungen in Basel», herausgegeben von Anna Schmid et. al. Berlin: Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2021, S. 112-149.


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