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.

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

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
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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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