Special Exhibition | current

Until 3 April 2016:


Until 1 May 2016:

A design exhibition

(exhibition of the Vitra Design Museum Weil am Rhein)

Special Exhibition | preview

16 April - 16 October 2016:


In addition to the famous faiences and tiles of the Delft manufacture with their cobalt-blue painting, lace, metal and glass work of the 18th century are presented here. These older treasures are supplemented by contemporary jewels and many ceramic works of the last years. Historical and current objects are placed side by side, providing an insight into the applied art from the Netherlands and Flanders.
The Netherlands and Flanders are guests of honour at the Frankfurt book fair 2016 – the exhibition provides an advance view of the art from both regions.
Starting event: Sat, 16 April, 4 PM

13 May - 16 May 2016:

10 years of "Pfingstgeflüster"

About 30 works from photographer Marcus Rietzsch will be presented in the foyer of the Grassi museum. For a decade, the photographer from Southern Germany has been visiting the annual wave-gothic meeting in Leipzig. He took pictures in special locations of the city, had several photo shoots with attendees, and photographed at a number of concerts. Now, he is exhibiting a selection of his portraits.
The wave-gothic meeting celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2016. The tenth instalment of the "Pfingstgeflüster" publication is issued. A few weeks after every wave-gothic meeting, this picture-and-text book reflects on the comprehensive happenings in Leipzig during the days of Pentecost. Marcus Rietzsch is not only a photographer, but also the editor of "Pfingstgeflüster".

2 June - 25 September 2016:

Giving and promotion for 25 years

Celebrating with friends means looking back upon 25 years of support in museum work. Since 1991, members and the board of the Freundes- und Förderkreis GRASSI Museum für Angewandte Kunst e.V. have been working specifically to expand the collections. One focus was and remains acquiring outstanding works from the Grassi trade fairs since 1997. These acquisitions offer a view of design trends and developments of the 20th century, together with other donations from the design area.
Opening of the exhibition: Wed, 1 June, 7 PM

2 June - 3 October 2016:

Finnish design - glass and silver

The Northern cold climate and nature are reflected in all works of great Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985). His recurring shapes from the flora and fauna of his home, glass vessels in ice looks and silver dishes in clear and organically curved shapes, not only represent a typically Finnish design, but are exemplary for the entire international design direction in the second half of the 20th century. Scandinavian and Nordic protagonists have decisively influenced the European and international product and living culture with their natural and deliberately simple aesthetics.
Opening of the exhibition: Wed, 1 June, 7 PM

21 October - 23 October 2016:

International sales trade fair for applied art and design

On the last weekend of October, the Grassi trade fair at the GRASSI Museum for Applied Arts in Leipzig invites everyone to come, look and buy. At this international sales trade fair, about 100 artists, artisans, designers and technical colleges from all over Europe present their works at about 70 stands. In addition to internationally renowned artists, graduates and students from European technical colleges present their works.
Visitors will find this the best opportunity to learn about current design trends in the areas of jewellery, fashion, furniture, metal, glass, paper, ceramics and porcelain, stone and toys, to acquire refined unique pieces and to be inspired.
Prize awarding ceremony with subsequent trade fair preview: Thu, 20 October, 6.30 PM

5 November 2016 - 9 April 2017:

That bit of household!

Has house work ever been pleasant? Looking at shining copper pudding moulds, elegant glass rolling pins, or space-age design food processors will almost make you forget that running a household has always been and still is hard work. The exhibits are devices and household helpers from about four centuries, from the mangling board to the modern steam iron, from the frying pan for use over open fire to the pressure cooker and table grille. A lot of work has become easier, faster and less dangerous over that time thanks to technical advances. Physical work is still irreplaceable in households even in the digital era, though.
Opening event: Sat, 5 November, 4 PM

24 November 2016 - 14 May 2017:

The importance of door handles in architecture

Door handles are deemed architecture en miniature. Their shapes and their use reflect the respective design attitude of their constructors. We present door handles designed for specific buildings. Door handles by Karl Friedrich Schinkel (Schloss Charlottenburg/ Berlin), Otto Wagner (Postsparkasse/Vienna) and Peter Behrens (Haus Wiegand/ Berlin) are shown as well as exhibits from Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius (Bauhaus building/Dessau), Hadi Teherani (crane houses/Cologne) and David Chipperfield (entrance building of the museum island/Berlin).
Opening of the exhibition: Wed, 24 November, 7 PM

24 November 2016 - 1 January 2018:


Artists design rooms of contemplation
(Exhibition for the anniversary of the reformation)

For the anniversary of the reformation, artists and architects create rooms that offer space for meditation, prayer and contemplation in spite of our lifestyle characterised by speed. Sensuous materials invite to grasp the room haptically, media projections permit a special experience of space, real bodies define envelope and space, audio-visual differentiation makes rooms visible. The diversity of these current positions reflects not only the possibilities of an open society, but also presents new interpretations of our primal need for contemplation.
Opening of the exhibition: Wed, 24 November, 7 PM

24 November 2016 - 1 January 2018:

Art in the context of the Reformation
Presentation within the permanent exhibition

In the scope of the permanent exhibition "Antiquity to Historism", objects with a reference to the Reformation and the age of confessionalisation are accessed separately by a routing system and highlighted for the viewer. An accompanying publication will explain the roughly 30 exhibits – sculptures, gold work, ceramic works, tin objects, coins and medals – and presents them with pictures.
Additionally, other objects from the inventory, especially graphics and books, will be temporarily placed in the permanent exhibition.
Opening of the exhibition: Wed, 24 November, 7 PM

22 April 2017 - 8 October 2017:

The collection Heribert Meurer
Stuttgart art historian and collector Dr. Heribert Meurer presents his comprehensive collection of outstanding quality on the subject of early Chinese ceramics for the first time. In the scope of several decades, the private collector acquired his valuable pieces in international art trade from London to Osaka. The plates, dishes, vases, jugs, plates and figurines were produced in the time of the Zhou-, Han-, Sui-, Tang- and Song-dynasties between 1050 BC and 1280 AD. They were used in everyday life, served ritual purposes or were grave goods.
In this presentation, the private collector donates his select pieces to the museum.
Opening event: Sa, 22 April, 4 PM

permanent Exhibition

Some information about the museum

Grassi Museum, an impressive building complex in Art-Deco style, houses three museums of domestic and international significance: the Museum of Applied Art, the Museum of Ethnology and the Museum of Music instruments. At the center of attraction in the three museums are their respective new feature of permanent exhibitions and alternating special exhibitions. The centerpiece of Grassi Museum is the Art Deco column hall.
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