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Exhibition
Exhibition

Vitra Design Museum

German Design 1949–1989: Two Countries, One History

Today: Closed

20 March 2021 - 05 September 2021

An exhibition by the Vitra Design Museum, the Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, and the Wüstenrot Stiftung.

Driven by the Bauhaus and Werkbund movements, German Design gained wide recognition in the early twentieth century. After 1949, its development followed a unique path as designers in the divided nation continued working under opposed political systems in East and West Germany. More than thirty years after the German reunification, the Vitra Design Museum presents the exhibition »German Design 1949–1989: Two Countries, One History« from 20 March until 5 September 2021. It is the first overview that explores German design on both sides of the Iron Curtain. While giving insights into the different design philosophies in the German Democratic Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany, it also reveals the many parallels and interrelations linking design in East and West during the nation’s divide.

The exhibition is supported by the Federal Foreign Office.


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Portraying Dieter Rams | SPECIAL (EN)

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In Kooperation mit dem Stadtkino Basel laden wir Sie zu einem besonderen Filmabend ein. Gary Hustwits doku-mentarisches Portrait «Rams» (2018) bietet einzigartige Einblicke in das Werk, die Inspirationen und die Philosophie des deutschen Produktdesigners Dieter Rams. ...
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mittwoch-matinee: Deutsches Design 1949–1989. Zwei Länder, eine Geschichte (DE)

05 May 2021 | 10.00 AM

Kuratorin Erika Pinner führt durch die Ausstellung «Deutsches Design 1949–1989. Zwei Länder, eine Geschichte» und erläutert Grundidee sowie Hintergründe zur Vorbereitung und Entstehung der Ausstellung.

10,00 € pro Person
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Produkt oder Propaganda? Deutsches Design im Kalten Krieg | TALK (EN)

06 May 2021 | 6.00 PM

Gespräch mit Jane Pavitt und Paul Betts

Das deutsche Design in der Ära der Teilung der beiden deutschen Staaten war auch ein Propagandainstrument des Kalten Krieges. Paul Betts, Professor für Geschichte, und Jane Pavitt, Designhistorikerin, diskutieren die Rolle von ...
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Interior view of Palace of the Republic in Berlin – Mitte district (1977), © ddrbildarchiv.de/Manfred Uhlenhut
Key visual of the exhibtion: Dieter Rams and Dietrich Lubs,: calculator ET 33 (1977), Margarete Jahny and Erich Müller: small jug from the hotel tableware «Rationell» (1970), © Vitra Design Museum, illustration: Daniel Streat, Visual Fields
Museum

Vitra Design Museum

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Charles-Eames-Strasse 2,  DE-79576  Weil am Rhein, Germany

Foto: Norbert Miguletz

Opening Hours

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From Thursday, 15 April 2021, the Vitra Campus and the Vitra Design Museum will remain closed until further notice due to current developments in the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

Vitra and the Vitra Design Museum are obliged to take these necessary measures to protect visitors and employees on the Vitra Campus from infection with the coronavirus. Our medically assisted task force will continue to review our policy on a regular basis. We hope that the current situation will improve and that we will be able to welcome you back soon. We will inform you about the reopening of the museum and the Vitra Campus on our website: https://www.design-museum.de/

You can also follow our activities via our social media channels and our e-mail newsletters.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!


May Day 2021

01 May 2021: Closed


Ascension Day 2021

13 May 2021: Closed


Whitsun 2021

23 May 2021: Closed

24 May 2021: Closed


Institution

The Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein numbers among the world's leading museums of design. It is dedicated to the research and presentation of design, past and present, and examines design's relationship to architecture, art and everyday culture. In the main museum building by Frank Gehry, the museum annually mounts two major temporary exhibitions. In addition, smaller shows are presented in the Vitra Museum Gallery, which often follow a more contemporary and experimental approach. 

Often developed with renowned designers, many of the museum's exhibitions cover highly relevant contemporary themes, such as future technologies, sustainability or questions like mobility and social responsibility. Others are presenting historical topics or monographic exhibitions on iconic designers.

The exhibitions are accompanied by lectures, guided tours, workshops and educational programmes. Many of the museum’s exhibitions travel to partner museums all over the world. The work of the Vitra Design Museum is based on its unique collection of furniture, lighting and interior design.

Admission

Vitra Design Museum 13 €
Vitra Design Museum reduced 11 €

Vitra Schaudepot 10 €
Vitra Schaudepot reduced 8 €

Vitra Design Museum + Schaudepot 19 €
Vitra Design Museum + Schaudepot reduced 17 €

Reduced prices:
Young people from the age 12, students, seniors, disabled persons, groups of more than 10 people, combination of 3 and more tickets/persons.
Children under 12 years of age free

Museums-PASS-Musées Free admission

Access

Bus 55 from Basel Claraplatz > Vitra
Tram 8 > Weil am Rhein Bahnhof/ Zentrum, approx. 20 minute walk
Train from Basel Badischer Bahnhof > Weil am Rhein Bahnhof, approx. 20 minute walk
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German Design 1949–1989: Two Countries, One History

20 March 2021 - 05 September 2021

An exhibition by the Vitra Design Museum, the Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, and the Wüstenrot Stiftung.

Driven by the Bauhaus and Werkbund movements, German Design gained wide recognition in the early twentieth century. After 1949, its ...
Read more
Special

Vitra Design Museum

Portraying Dieter Rams | SPECIAL (EN)

Today 20 April 2021 | 7.00 PM

In Kooperation mit dem Stadtkino Basel laden wir Sie zu einem besonderen Filmabend ein. Gary Hustwits doku-mentarisches Portrait «Rams» (2018) bietet einzigartige Einblicke in das Werk, die Inspirationen und die Philosophie des deutschen Produktdesigners Dieter Rams. ...
Read more
Special

Vitra Design Museum

mittwoch-matinee: Deutsches Design 1949–1989. Zwei Länder, eine Geschichte (DE)

05 May 2021 | 10.00 AM

Kuratorin Erika Pinner führt durch die Ausstellung «Deutsches Design 1949–1989. Zwei Länder, eine Geschichte» und erläutert Grundidee sowie Hintergründe zur Vorbereitung und Entstehung der Ausstellung.

10,00 € pro Person
Read more
Special

Vitra Design Museum

Produkt oder Propaganda? Deutsches Design im Kalten Krieg | TALK (EN)

06 May 2021 | 6.00 PM

Gespräch mit Jane Pavitt und Paul Betts

Das deutsche Design in der Ära der Teilung der beiden deutschen Staaten war auch ein Propagandainstrument des Kalten Krieges. Paul Betts, Professor für Geschichte, und Jane Pavitt, Designhistorikerin, diskutieren die Rolle von ...
Read more