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 2020/21 (PDF)




Cultural Affairs

Art without Borders

Since the beginning of civilization, the exchange between cultures has had an impact on the arts, crafts, and design. Works of art, their shapes, decors and the techniques used to craft them were and are subject to transformation.




Just for Children!

With a shift in the role that children play in society, the appearance of seating furniture for young ones has also changed. We will present some of the first high chair models by the internationally renowned Thonet company, iconic designs from the Bauhaus era and innovative plastic seating objects from the 1960s and 1970s.


Besucheransturm auf der GRASSIMESSE, Foto: Karola Bauer


Grassimesse Leipzig

International Trade Fair for Applied Arts and Design

In 2021, our aim is to continue to set thematic and geographical emphases. The high standards of the exhibitors and the international atmosphere will set the tone and attract design and art enthusiasts from the region and all over the world.



Fragile Splendour

Porcelaine from Baroque to Classicism

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.


Totally Analog

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.




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.


Glas 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.