Special exhibitions and events

The permanent exhibitions are accompanied by a versatile programme of special exhibitions. It is dedicated to all areas of designs and ranges from historical topics to current designt to photography and architecture.

The GRASSIMESSE, our trade fair for art an design, represents an annual recurrent highlight. Established as early 1920s, it entered the history of design as one of the first performance show of its kind and as a "meeting point for modern art".

Special exhibitions 2021/22 (PDF)

 

 

Besucheransturm auf der GRASSIMESSE, Foto: Karola Bauer

29.10.–31.10.2021

Grassimesse Leipzig

International Trade Fair for Applied Arts and Design

The GRASSIMESSE 2021 presents a colourful spectrum of international exhibitors, selected, as always, by an annually changing expert jury. This year young Ukrainian design is our guest. As always, the focus is on high quality and strong concepts in the fields of jewellery, ceramics, metal, fashion and accessories, furniture, glass, paper and toys.

 

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Cup with saucer, Fürstenberg, 1780/1790. Photo: Esther Hoyer

13.11.2021–09.10.2022

Fragile Splendour

Masterpieces of porcelain art

The museum owns an outstanding collection of 18th and 19th century porcelain from the Baroque, Rococo and Classicist periods. We will present tableware as well as figures crafted by some of the most prominent porcelain makers.

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25.11.2021–03.04.2022

Analog total

Photography Today

The excitement for analog photography is currently experiencing a comeback. While digital photography has almost completely taken over the field of everyday life, analog photography – e.g. photograms or cyanotypes – is increasingly used as a medium for the artistic and experimental.

 

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25.11.2021–03.04.2022

PHOTOBOOKS

Art page by page

It is impossible to imagine a history of photography without the photobook. In our times, in which the existence of books seems threatened by the digital, the photo book is experiencing a boom.

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25.11.2021–03.04.2022

Glass Stones

Kai Schiemenz

The museum presents an installation of glass sculptures by Kai Schiemenz (*1966) in its scenic, light-flooded Orangerie. The works of the Berlin-based artist are reminiscent of stones or crystals and thus of the origin of the material glass.

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05.05.2022–25.09.2022

JEWELLERY & IMAGE

The Grassi Adorns You

On display are pieces of 20th and 21st century jewellery made of rubber, charcoal, natural materials, plastic, textiles, gold and silver, as well as their wearers.

 

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Margit Jäschke, brooch "Herbarexemplar", 2020

05.05.2022–25.09.2022

KAIROS

Margit Jäschke. Jewellery Installation

The artist Margit Jäschke describes herself as a wanderer between the realms of art. This exhibition presents her multifaceted and award-winning oeuvre from the last 30 years.

 

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05.11.2022–08.10.2023

MODERN GOODS

The Collector’s Passion for Design

The museum presents one of the largest private collections of 20th-century design objects, the collection of the married couple Inge and Wilfried Funke. And at the same time, it traces the small picture of a design epoch.

 

 

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28.10.–30.10.2022

GRASSIMESSE

International Trade Fair for Applied Arts and Design

The annual GRASSIMESSE is regarded as a melting pot for creatives, artists, and those interested in design. During the three days of the fair, plenty of inspiration and information about design-trends are on offer, as well as the opportunity to purchase the best design and artful handcrafts.

 

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Polyether Chair, designed by Nanna Ditzel, 1965 Manufacture: Dansk Polyether Industri

24.11.2022–26.03.2023

DEEP-SEATED

The Hidden Art of Upholstery

The exhibiton traces the historical development of upholstery: The spectrum ranges from furniture of the Renaissance, Baroque, Classicism, and Art Nouveau periods to 20th-century modernism and contemporary experiments.

 

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