30 Years: Vitra Design Museum

Ceremony with speeches and party

Friday, 6 September 2019, 6 pm
Fire Station and Vitra Schaudepot

Registration is requested by 1 September 2019 at events@design-museum.de.
Speeches will be held in German.

The Vitra Design Museum marks its 30th anniversary with a festive event on 6 September 2019, starting at 6 pm at the Fire Station by Zaha Hadid. On this occasion, the museum's directors, Mateo Kries and Marc Zehntner, as well as Rolf Fehlbaum, Chairman Emeritus of Vitra and founder of the Vitra Design Museum, will take guests on a journey back to the beginnings of the Vitra Design Museum and offer insights into the future. The speeches will be followed by drinks on the Plaza of the Vitra Schaudepot, which houses the museum’s collection and will remain open until 9 pm that day. The evening will conclude with a party at the Fire Station. Refreshments and snacks will also be available at the museum’s café Depot Deli.

The Vitra Design Museum was founded in autumn 1989. Along with the Design Museum London, which was opened the same year, it was the first museum to be devoted exclusively to design, establishing a completely new type of institution. What began as a small, private initiative grew over the years into one of the world's leading museums for design and architecture. Today, the outstanding buildings by Frank Gehry and Herzog & de Meuron are as much part of the museum’s identity as its collection, exhibitions, on-site publishing house, and a global network of travelling exhibitions.

Schedule

6 pm, Fire Station
Speeches
Mateo Kries and Marc Zehntner, Directors of the Vitra Design Museum
Rolf Fehlbaum, Chairman Emeritus of Vitra and founder of the Vitra Design Museum

7 - 9 pm, Vitra Schaudepot
Apéro
Let us toast and celebrate together. The Vitra Schaudepot, which houses the collection of the Vitra Design Museum, will be open for visitors. Since 2016, it presents more than 400 key pieces of modern furniture design from the 1800s until today.

9 pm, Fire Station
Party
DJ set and drinks. Refreshments and snacks will also be available at the museum’s café Depot Deli.

Vitra Design Museum, Photo: Marc Eggimann
Installation view Vitra Design Museum »Charles & Ray Eames: The Power of Design«, 2017, photo: Mark Niedermann
Vitra Design Museum, photo: Norbert Miguletz
Outside view Vitra Schaudepot, photo: Julien Lanoo
Inside view Vitra Schaudepot, photo: Mark Niedermann