Grassi Museum, an impressive building complex in Art-Deco style, houses three museums of domestic and international significance: the Museum of Applied Art, the Museum of Ethnology and the Museum of Music instruments. At the center of attraction in the three museums are their respective new feature of permanent exhibitions and alternating special exhibitions. The centerpiece of Grassi Museum is the Art Deco column hall. The central exhibition and event hall designed in shining red-gold-blue remains unparalleled all over Europe. The column hall that is named after its twelve ceiling-high triangular columns, represents the exclusive designing style of Art Deco. Grassi Museum is seen as a place of culture and inspiration. Its vegetated inner courtyards, the old Johannis cemetery, which looks like a park and the highly inviting Museum Café set the scene perfectly well for enjoying leisure times.
Today, GRASSI Museum of Applied Art counts among the most significant of its type in Europe and stands out for a completely new permanent exhibition. The first tour “From Ancient times to Historism” is a call to a journey covering over 3,000 years of the history of art. Amongst others, the fascination in this journey is the Roman Hall, the Piranesi Gallery and precious Baroque Items of the Treasure Chamber. The second exhibition area “Asian art: Impulse for Europe” is above all else, dedicated to art treasures from China, Japan and Iran. In the third trip “From Art Nouveau to the present day”, there is a series of treasures from the period of Art Nouveau of known and unknown Bauhaus pieces, design highlights as from 1950, East German design and pieces from the immediate present. Moreover, the special exhibitions and the GRASSI TRADE FAIR that is held each year at the end of October – one of Europe’s most significant sales expositions for applied art and design – are also a centerpiece of public attention.