Weil am Rhein

Germany



Address:
Charles-Eames-Str. 2

79576
Phone: +49 07621 702 3200
Website: http://www.design-museum.

Vitra Design Museum

The inception of the Vitra Design Museum dates back to the early 1980s. With the aim of documenting the history of the Vitra company, Vitra CEO Rolf Fehlbaum began collecting the furniture of designers who had influenced the company's development, such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Alvar Aalto, and Jean Prouvé. As the collection grew, so did the desire for an architectural venue in which the objects could be displayed.

Back in 1986, Fehlbaum developed the concept for a design museum and in 1987 contacted Frank O. Gehry as the architect for the planned museum building. That same year, Fehlbaum met the later director of the museum Alexander von Vegesack through Ray Eames. Together Fehlbaum and von Vegesack developed the idea of a publicly operating museum from the original idea of a closedprivate collection.
Museum History
The Museum opened on November 3, 1989, and pictures of Frank O. Gehry's unconventional building - his first work in Europe - circled the globe.

Today, the Vitra Design Museum is internationally active as a cultural institution that has made a major contribution to the research and popular dissemination of design. The Museum presents a broad spectrum of topics on design and culture, with a special emphasis on furniture and interior design. Its activities encompass the production of exhibitions, workshops, publications, and museum products, and the maintenance of an extensive collection, an archive, and a research library. The travelling exhibitions of the Vitra Design Museum are shown at renowned partner institutions around the world.

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Permanent Collection

The Vitra Design Museum maintains one of the largest collections of modern furniture design in the world, with objects representing all of the major eras and stylistic periods from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present. Special areas of the collection include early industrial bentwood furniture, turn-of-the-century designs by Viennese architects, Gerrit Rietveld's experiments, tubular steel furniture from the 1920s and '30s, key objects of Scandinavian design from 1930 to 1960, Italian design, and contemporary developments. A further area of special interest is American design, ranging from Shaker pieces to the postmodern seating of Robert Venturi.

The Museum Collection also holds several prominent estates, including those of Charles Eames, Verner Panton, Anton Lorenz, and Alexander Girard. The Collection is complemented by an extensive archive and research library.

Please note:
Vitra Design Museum shows only temporary exhibitons.


Exhibitions

25.03.2017 - 03.09.2017
Project Vitra – Design, Architecture, Communications (1950–2017)

03.06.2017 - 10.09.2017
Together! Die Neue Architektur der Gemeinschaft

14.07.2017 - 24.09.2017
Ettore Sottsass - Rebell und Poet

09.09.2017 - 11.02.2018
Play Parade. An Eames Exhibition for Kids
Opening: 08.09.2017, 4-6 pm

30.09.2017 - 25.02.2018
An Eames Celebration
Opening: 29.09.2017, 7 pm

30.09.2017 - 25.02.2018
Charles & Ray Eames. The Power of Design
Opening: 29.09.2017, 7 pm

30.09.2017 - 25.02.2018
Kazam! The Furniture Experiments of Charles & Ray Eames
Opening: 29.09.2017, 7 pm

30.09.2017 - 25.02.2018
Ideas and Information. The Eames Films
Opening: 29.09.2017, 7 pm




Cost

Museum EUR 8,00, reduced price EUR 6,50, children under 12 years of age free
Guided architectural tour: EUR 9,50 (Duration: 2 hours)
Combination ticket (museum + guided architectural tour); EUR 13,50, reduced price EUR 11,50


Opening hours

Monday through Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Closed: December 24 - 25, December 31, January 1
The museum shop and the cafè have the same opening hours as the museum


Getting there

Travel directions:
Public transportation (ÖPNV): From Basel (Badischer Bahnhof) take bus number 55 until Vitra, from the train station in Weil am Rhein it is about a 15-minute walk to the museum.

By car: The Vitra Design Museum can be reached from Freiburg (north) or Basel (south) via the Autobahn A5 (exit Weil am Rhein), from France/St. Louis take the boarder crossing Palmrain. From Lörrach/Riehen turn west at the marked junction "Weil am Rhein" just north of the Fondation Beyeler. A big car park free of charge exists.




Museum internal and external photos (2)

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Groups

Public Guided tours through the current exhibition of the Vitra Design Museum every Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. and Wednesday 6 p.m.(Duration: 1 hour), EUR 3,00

Guided architectural tour:
Daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (Duration: 2 hours), EUR 9,50
The number of participants is limited. There is no advance registration for public tours.

Arrangement for groups:
exhibition and guided architectural tours:
info@design-museum.de,
fone +49 (0)7621 702 3200
fax +49 (0)7621 702 3590