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)

 

 

21.10.–23.10.2022

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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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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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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27.04.2023–01.10.2023

WRITTEN READ DESIGNED

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.

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