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 ProuvÃ©. 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.
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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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.
Vitra Design Museum shows only temporary exhibitons.
24.02. â€“ 05.08.2018
Bas Princen. Image and Architecture
Opening: 23.02.2018, 7 pm
02.03. â€“ 03.06.2018
Hans J. Wegner: Designing Danish Modern
Opening: 01.03.2018, 7 pm
17.03. â€“ 09.09.2018
Night Fever. Design und Clubkultur 1960 â€“ heute
Opening: 16.03.2018, 6 pm
08.06. â€“ 14.10.2018
Ron Arad. Yes to the Uncommon!
Opening: 07.06.2018. 7 pm
18.08.2018 â€“ 20.01.2019
Christien Meindertsma. Raw Materials
Opening: 17.08.2018, 6 pm
29.09.2018 â€“ 10.03.2019
Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design
Opening: 28.09.2018, 6 pm
Vitra Design Museum â‚¬ 11.00/9.00
Schaudepot â‚¬ 8.00/6.00
Architecture tour (2 hrs) â‚¬ 14.00/10.00
All other tours (1 h) â‚¬ 7.00/5.00
Vitra Design Museum + Schaudepot â‚¬ 17.00/15.00
Vitra Design Museum + Architecture tour â‚¬ 23.00/17.00
Schaudepot + Architecture tour â‚¬ 20.00/14.00
Vitra Design Museum + Schaudepot + Architecture tour â‚¬ 27.00/21.00
Children under 12 free.
All information may be subject to change.
Monâ€“Sun: 10 amâ€“6 pm
The museum and the Schaudepot are open on Sundays and on all public holidays.
The museum shop and the cafÃ¨ have the same opening hours as the museum
Public transportation (Ã–PNV): 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 LÃ¶rrach/Riehen turn west at the marked junction "Weil am Rhein" just north of the Fondation Beyeler. A big car park free of charge exists.
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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:
fone +49 (0)7621 702 3200
fax +49 (0)7621 702 3590