Special exhibitions and events

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

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

Special exhibitions 2022/23 (PDF)





150 years of modern book art

The list of modern artists who illustrated books is full of celebrities, ranging from Manet, Picasso and Matisse, to Slevogt, Kirchner and Barlach, to Grieshaber, Heisig and Baselitz. These artists are all part of a donation of over 400 illustrated books made to the GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts that forms the heart of this exhibition.




International Trade Fair for Applied Arts and Design

The GRASSIMESSE 2023 presents a colourful spectrum of international exhibitors, selected, as always, by an annually changing expert jury. The tradition of focusing on a guest country is pursued this year as well. Sweden is likely to be invited to present itself with high quality contemporary craftmanship and design.