Museum- a lively place

in GRASSI Museum Leipzig

Fünf posierende Personen, beim Großteil Tattoos sichtbar
© Mo.Zaboli


Clothes, jars,sculptures, weapons, jewelery and other accessories allow for a tour through art and everyday life from different parts of the world in the GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig.

A museum in transition

All of the museum objects are unique in their history and have reached the GRASSI Museum of Ethnology in Leipzig in Saxony in a variety of ways. They tell not only of distant rituals or religions, but also of colonial wars, conflicts, encounters, of voids that have arisen or of ourselves. In the coming months we will use WERKSTATT PROLOG to convey and discuss questions about identity, racism, alienation, the biographies of objects, the history of the collection, the handling of human remains, North-South relations, global inequality and restitution. Active participation is welcome!

To the exhibition

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WERKSTATT PROLOG, © SKD, Video: Clara Wieck, 2018
WERKSTATT PROLOG, © SKD, Video: Clara Wieck, 2018

[Translate to English:] Konferenz: Sensitive Heritage


12.-13. December 2018

Sensitive Heritage – Ethnographic Museums and Material/Immaterial Restitutions

 at GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig

The international conference Sensitive Heritage: Ethnographic Museums and Material/Immaterial Restitutions at the GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig (12.-13.12.2018) gathers experts from Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, France, Germany, Namibia, Netherlands, Nigeria, South Africa and the UK to address the current debate around restitution claims and provenance research from a variety of international perspectives. The conference is of interest to museum professionals, academics and students.

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History of the collection

The Leipzig ethnographical museum was built on the universal collection amassed by the Dresden court councillor and librarian Gustav Klemm, whose aim was to document the cultural history of humanity. Today, the museum holds around 200,000 objects and 150,000 historical photographs and documents.

History of the collection

Elefantenstatue mit vielen Köpfen und Armen, davor ein großes Mandala

From our Online Collection

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