Special Exhibition | current
23 November 2017 – 6 May 2018:
With this special exhibition, the museum presents an important collection that has nevertheless only seen little attention to date: European faience work from many different manufactures and countries from the 17th to the late 19th century.
The inventory of the faience museum is extraordinary in its scope and high quality. The museum has collected faience works since it was founded in 1874, its collection growing to the current inventory of approx. 500 sets of tableware and approx. 240 tiles from nearly all the manufactures that were relevant in the 17th and 18th centuries. As recently as in 2014, the museum received a collection of 55 French faience objects from the couple Lena and Dr. Jürgen Wittstock, Marburg as a gift.
23 November 2017 – 6 May 2018:
Jasper Morrison (London, *1959) is renowned around the world as a product designer. He cooperates with internationally popular companies such as Alessi, Cappellini, Muji or Vitra. The exhibition is Morrison's first retrospective in the world, combining key moments from the designer's career of 35 years to date. Chairs, armchairs, drinking glasses, lamps, shoes or adhesive tape: Morrison has no limits to his work in matters and implementation of design. The exhibition is based on simplicity, which mostly refers to the objects' effect rather than their design implementation.
The "supernormal" aspects are his creative basis and at the same time his demand of himself as a designer. The restrained design enables Morrison to achieve minimalist results at the highest demands to his design. In his objects, shape moves into the background to the benefit of successful function. His exhibition shows furniture, kitchen objects and household appliances in chronological sequence. Archive and picture material supplement the presenta-tion and offer insights into different sections of time.
4 November 2017 – 14 October 2018:
BLUMEN. FLOWERS. FLEURS
Flowers never go out of fashion. They have always inspired artists as well as observers. Floral patterns and motives accompany and beautify our everyday lives.
Their diverse shapes and colours are infinite, and keep inspiring the designs of new patterns to suit the most recent tastes.
"Blumen. Flowers. Fleurs" combines more than 200 exhibits from own collections, illustrating the richness of floral motives and patterns in arts and craft as well as design. In addition to flowers painted on Meissen porcelain, forget-me-not and roses on Biedermeier cups, elegant floral branches, decorative poppy and winding water lilies on glass, metal and ceramics by Emile Gallé and other Art Nouveau artists are presented here.
Vine and flower patterns appear on dishes from the 1930s as well as in the bright floral patterns brought to the coffee tables of the 1970s by companies from Melitta to Rosenthal.
Until 7 January 2018:
GOD'S WORK AND WORD IN SIGHT
Art in the context of the Reformation
Presentation within the permanent exhibition
The permanent exhibition "Antiquity to Historicism" separately explores objects referring to the Reformation and the age of confessionalisation through a guidance system that brings them to the visitor's attention. An accompanying publication explains the approximately 30 exhibits – sculptures, gold work, ceramics, objects of pewter, coins and medals – in more detail and presents them with images.
Further objects from the inventory, in particular prints and books, are also added temporarily to the permanent exhibition.
Special Exhibition | preview
2 June 2018 - 30 September 2018:
Carolein Smit combines contrasts in her ceramic sculptures as in Amour fou, a seemingly irrational, yet most passionate and addictive love. Where is innocence to blame, life to death? Where is the transition, the turning point? These are questions that the Dutch born in 1960, now living in Belgium, is investigating. Their mysterious figurations seem just as precious and seductive as dangerous, fragile and painful. At the same time, they seem to be filled with enigmatic humor. They are contemporary, but alter ego is rooted in the world of miracle chambers, devotional cabinets and in the mythical-fantastic ramifications of art history.
2 June - 7 October 2018:
MADE IN DENMARK
Design since 1900
Danish design is inextricably linked to the famous design icons of the twentieth century. Danish designers from Kaare Klint, to Arne Jacobsen and Verner Panton have shaped the product and housing culture of entire generations-especially in the second half of the twentieth century. The fact that this era was preceded by equally important designers, artisans and internationally respected tendencies is rarely discussed. But it is precisely the Skønvirke, the name of the Danish expression of the Art Nouveau, which created the basis for modern Danish design. The outstanding representatives of this style, Thorvald Bindesbøll and Johan Rohde, are therefore given special attention. The view of the tendencies in Art Déco and Functionalism is also exciting. At the latest, however, after 1945, "Made in Denmark" has established itself as an international trademark. Danish, and, in the broader sense, Scandinavian design has been exemplary since then and is still the epitome and expression of a timeless yet modern life style. The exhibition is based exclusively on its own stock and is supplemented by the jewelry collection Schwandt. This can be seen with jewelry of renowned jewelry designers who complete the picture and still throw their own spotlight on the Danish jewelry development of the 20th century.
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 Arts, 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.