Fashion, Art & Motor Vehicles: Our Museum Tips

36 degrees and it's getting even hotter? Great. Then we'd better cool off. With cool art in air-conditioned museums. From cars to fashion and interior design to contemporary exhibits. Five tips for International Museum Day.
Text Alfred Rzyski
Photo Steffen Jahn

Mercedes Museum

In principle, the Mercedes-Benz Museum is a simple building. Everything here is subordinated to one idea: Movement. The departure from the static as the first loving homage to the content. So lines and surfaces are demonstratively and sympathetically allowed to breathe dynamism, freed from the seriousness of the brand. Everything swings, swells and winds as if a technoid organ had happily swallowed a turbo engine. Great choreography. And us? Because of the many visitors during the day, we simply visited it at night. That was in the spring of 2008. 15 years later, we can say that the museum is still a work of art, just like the vehicles on display. There is currently another good reason to visit Untertürkheim in the near future: One of the two Uhlenhaut coupés from the collection was reportedly recently auctioned off for a record sum. This could be the last chance to see it.

Bauhaus Dessau

The nice thing is that it works. And online, too. The iconic Bauhaus in Dessau and its associated museum are functional anyway. Of course, the best way to experience the design school and design monument is on site. But after the eventful past two years, you can also visit the Bauhaus building virtually. And learn more about the school, its basic ideas and its graduates. You can even enter Walter Gropius' director's room digitally. Yes, less is more. But not during a (digital) visit to the Bauhaus.


The spectacular Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech, which opened in 2017, took roughly four years to build. Now architects Olivier Marty and Karl Fournier of Studio KO chronicle the process of bringing the building to life in a sort of diary, starting with the call from YSL’s longtime partner Pierre Bergé and concluding with the realization of the building.

Vitra Design Museum & Campus

Shape. Perfected. Anyone visiting the museum of the Swiss furniture brand in Weil am Rhein, Germany, will also encounter the works of two people in particular: the developments of Charles & Ray Eames. The Eames Chair named after them? The epitome of stylish seating. In addition, there are numerous other design legends to marvel at - naturally in architecturally appropriate surroundings. Also on site: the Vitra Campus, where the brand presents its latest creations and current program.

Marta Herford

A dynamic steel roof that reflects the waves of the nearby river, a copper-red brick wall that seems to tilt in an architectural suicide, a gangster rapper chiselled in stone standing watch in front of the door – a gentle indication of what visitors can expect inside Marta Herford. And what exactly is that? Contemporary art. As the name suggests. Taking »Marta« apart, we have »M« for museum, followed by »art«, and »a« for »ambience«. That the word »ambience« is
included in the name is no wonder, considering the man who immortalised himself here with his architectural signature. None other than star architect Frank Gehry was chosen in 2001 to design a museum that would blend together elements of
art, industry and society into a single building. It was a challenge that the genius of deconstructivist architecture mastered with style, also because he knew how to handle the balancing act between old and new without entering into artificial contortions.

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