The Grassi-Museum is my most favourite museum in Leipzig, Germany. In fact, it is a combination of three museums: one for applied arts, one for ethnology and one for musical instruments. The museum of applied arts (Museum für angewandte Kunst) shows design history from ancient Egypt and Greece until today. It is a mix of old and new, light is used in a fantastic way and the different epochs are explained very well. I even enjoyed the section for sacred art that I normally pass very fast.
The museum is named after Franz Dominic Grassi, a merchant from Leipzig with Italian origin. After his death a large donation of money allowed several projects in the city to be realized. The first Grassi-Museum was built from 1892 on, the current museum was opened in 1929. Already the building itself in art déco style would be worth a visit! When you visit it you might ask yourself why the furniture of an Italian monastery is exhibited there and how the many items of the ethnologic museum found their way to Saxonia: the former directors of the museum used especially the German colonialism to enhance the collection – that is the dark side of the museum.