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Until 9 April 2017:

The little household!

Was household work ever nice? Looking at polished copper pudding moulds, elegant glass rolling pins, food processors in a space-age look, it's easy to forget that housework has always been and still is hard work. The exhibition shows about 200 devices and labour-saving household devices from about five centuries, with a clear focus on 20th century objects.

Until 14 May 2017:

The importance of door handles in architecture

This exhibition focuses on door handles that were designed for specific buildings. They are architecture en miniature, reflecting the design attitudes of their respective designers in their shapes as well as use. Objects by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Joseph Maria Olbrich and Peter Behrens are presented next to door handles of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, Hadi Teherani and David Chipperfield.

Until 28 May 2017:


Artists create spaces of reflection

(Exhibition for the anniversary of the reformation)

The museum asked ten contemporary artists to create rooms for reflection, withdrawal and meditation. The focus on this subject is based on the anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. The rooms, which may be real, fictitious or both, are created based on a shortened quote by Martin Luther. Is comes from the Reformer's letter to barber Master Peter, for whom he also wrote "how to pray".
In his letter, he describes his thoughts and feelings about talking to God and his manner of leading a pious life. When Luther writes, "…good thoughts come, one should let all other pleas go and make room for those thoughts, to listen to them in silence…", this refers to an intellectually-spiritual space.
The artists took up this level, shaped it and created rooms in which visitors can find their own places. The highly individual installations offer visual experiences, acoustic stimuli and haptic perceptions for a sensuous access to the subject, or require intellectual confrontation with it.  The artistic rooms also reflect the diversity of today's society as they consciously expand the traditional forms of religious retreats.

Artists involved:
BADABOOM BERLIN & RAUMSEKTOR, Rudolf Bott, Corina Forthuber, Franziska and Sophia Hoffmann, Cornelia Friederike Müller, Osmar Osten, Emil Siemeister, Héctor Solari, Rosi Steinbach, Dagmar Varady

Until 1 January 2018:

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.

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22 April 2017 - 8 October 2017:

The Heribert Meurer collection

Art historian and collector Dr. Heribert Meurer from Stuttgart presents his comprehensive collection of early Chinese ceramics of outstanding quality for the first time. Across the decades, this private collector purchased his precious pieces in international art trade from London to Osaka. The plates, dishes, vases, pitchers, plates and figurines were produced in the time of the Zhou, Han, Sui, Tang and Song dynasties, between 1050 B.C. and 1280 A.D. Some were everyday objects, others served ritual purposes or were burial objects.
The private collector gifts some of his refined pieces to the museum with this presentation.
Opening event: Sa, 22 April, 4 PM

22 June  - 1 October 2017:

Re-inventing the bicycle

The bicycle went through some rapid changes in the last few years: Designers and manufacturers react to the demands of a changed mobility that requires new approaches for solutions, especially in the urban space. The general traffic situation and density require re-orientation that focuses not only on the contrary positions between motorised individual traffic and public transport, but in particular on interim solutions and combinations. The bicycle plays an important role here.
About 55 state-of-the-art folding bicycles, cargo bicycles, E-Bikes and Smart-Bikes from the last 10 to 15 years are presented here. Innovative materials and constructions form the basis for a future-capable high-tech product that still conveys a bit of individual life style.

20 - 22 October 2017:

International sales trade fair for applied art and design

Leipzig in October is a must-see for anyone interested in design and all lovers of exclusive arts and crafts. About 100 international craftspeople, designers, artist associations, students and galleries sell unique pieces, prototypes and small batches. Trade fair visitors and purchasers will find a diverse offer from art objects to tableware suitable for everyday use.
In addition to the selected exhibitors, temporary themed "specials" enrich the Grassimesse every year. Cooperation with training institutes also permits a look at current and new trends that do not need to follow the market or mainstream.
With its history reaching back into the 1920s, the Grassimesse fair not only founded a tradition but has long become part of design history itself.

4 November 2017 – 14 October 2018:


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.

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.

23 November 2017 – 6 May 2018:

European Faience

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.

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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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