Pop and rock have been an important part of youth culture and popular culture for a good half century. Pop music tends to be international in character and has made its mark everywhere, including in Basel This exhibition highlights Basel's own regional brand of pop and rock from the first Swiss rock 'n' roll recording of 1957 to the Black Tigers Rap sung in Basel dialect and the role of Basel-based bands in the Eurovision Song Contest. Radical changes in listening habits, venues and media are among the issues of historical relevance to be addressed in the exhibition, including the advent of electric and electronic instruments and how music is "consumed".
Body decoration is a feature common to all cultures and ages. Making alterations to the body and skin appears to be something basically human. People do it to express belonging to a specific group, with the intention of matching an ideal or in the hope of re-inventing themselves and setting themselves apart from others. What do individuals do to their skin and bodies – how far are they prepared to go? The exhibition covers the full range of practices from make-up, body painting, tattoos, piercing, scarification to complete body transformation.