Museum- a lively place

in GRASSI Museum Leipzig

Fünf posierende Personen, beim Großteil Tattoos sichtbar
© Mo.Zaboli
Starting 7 May 2020 the GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig is open again regularly from 10 to 18 (except Mondays). Please note that for the time being only the special exhibition "Scenes of life" is on display.

[Translate to English:] Seit dem 7. Mai

Since 7th of May the Grassimuseum has opened its doors again. It was a long way until then and a lot has happened behind the scenes. With the video of filmmaker Judith Schein we want to give you insights into the work during the lockdown. How do we deal with all these new challenges? And what we learn from the present situation for the museum routine in the future? 'Re:Starting GRASSI' means reflection. Enjoy!

[Translate to English:] RE:Starting

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RE:STARTING: Das GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig hat wieder geöffnet

Heidelberger Statement

In accordance with the Annual Conference of Directors of Ethnographic Museums in the German speaking context 2019 the following official statement was published in Heidelberg on 6 May 2019.

Heidelberg Statement

Press Statement Benin Dialogue Group 2019

Founded in Vienna in 2010 the Benin Dialogue Group (BDG) brings together state and regional representatives of cultural politics, museum representatives and representatives of the Royal Court of Benin City/Nigeria and European curators for African collections from Vienna, Berlin, Dresden/Leipzig, London, Leiden, Stockholm, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Oxford and Cambridge. Those European collections house important objects and private collections from historic Benin Kingdom in current day Nigeria. Informally speaking, all members of the BDG jointly aim to create a friendly and trustful environment. Some of the objectives proclaimed from the beginning are opening the collections, the digitalisation of collections and academic exchange. A digital inventory of Benin objects being kept in the museums of the world will be put up in order to maintain cooperative projects and exchange, but also to facilitate resititution of objects to Benin City where they will be added to a newly planned museal centre in 2021/22.

Press Statement  Benin Dialogue Group 2019

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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
Ganesha

From our Online Collection

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