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.
Tattoo and Piercing - Part II: (un)covered
Grassi invites goes under the skin. In the fourth part of its series, the museum invites visitors to become part of the exhibition. In the first part "Tattoo & Piercing: Showtime!" residents of Leipzig presented their tattoos and piercings in the museum's living archive and told their personal stories. Based on these stories and photographs, a local perspective emerges on the global phenomenon of body art. Through objects, photographs, and drawings from the collections of the ethnological museums in Leipzig, Dresden, and Herrnhut, the exhibition takes on a thematic approach:
What did scientists and travelers of the 18th and 19th centuries say about body art in the world? Why do people get tattoos, what is the meaning behind the motifs and what role do tattoos and piercings play today? "Tattoo & Piercing: (un) covered" combines the stories of the living archive from Part I with historical and current visions of the entire world.