Basel Museums Night: Surreal Dreams

Friday, 17 January 2020, 6 pm – 2 am

Vitra Design Museum & Vitra Campus

Surreal Dreams
On the occasion of Basel Museums Night, the Vitra Campus will be transformed into a dream world of light and shadow. The light installation »Transitory« by lighting designer Matthias Singer will be shown at the Fire Station: Surrealistic motifs can be experienced three-dimensionally by the means of fog and an infrared camera. In a workshop and during guided tours through the exhibition »Objects of Desire«, visitors will learn more about the dialogue between Surrealism and design. In addition, the Vitra Schaudepot Lab will present designs by students from Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle on the subject of solar energy.


Light installation »Transitory« (DE/EN/FR)
6 pm – 2 am, Fire Station

Dive into the room-filling installation by lighting designer Matthias Singer.

The power of… (DE/EN/FR)
6 pm – 2 am, Vitra Schaudepot Lab

Students of Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle present their solar energy design experiments.

Surreal masks (DE/EN/FR)
6 pm – 1 am, Fire Station

Create masks based on surrealistic motifs

Surreale Kurzführungen durch die Ausstellung
»Objekte der Begierde. Surrealismus und Design 1924 – heute« (DE)
18:30, 20:30 Uhr, Vitra Design Museum

Sie erfahren in der Führung mit surrealen Überraschungsmomenten und Interventionen mehr über Surrealismus und Design und erleben die Ausstellung auf eine unkonventionelle Weise!

Surreal tour through the exhibition
»Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today« (EN)
7:30, 9:30 pm, Vitra Design Museum

Join the guided tour with surprising interventions and find out more about surrealism and design. Experience the exhibition in an unconventional way!

Curator tour »After the Wall: Design since 1989« (DE)
9 pm, Vitra Schaudepot

Curator Erika Pinner talks about the development of design in the last three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The tour will be held in German.

Guided tour with flashlights through the exhibition
»Typology: An Ongoing Study of Everyday Items« (DE) 
11 pm, Vitra Design Museum Gallery

Following the motto »Night at the museum«, we explore the highlights of the exhibition together with curator Viviane Stappmanns using flashlights. The tour will be held in German.

Food and drinks

  • Soup buffet at the campfire in the Depot Deli
  • À la carte at the VitraHaus Café
  • Gin and coffee bar at the Fire Station 

Basel Museums Night is an event by museen basel and the Division of Cultural Affairs, Canton of Basel-Stadt. On 17 January 2020, 36 museums and cultural institutions will offer an extensive programme from 6 pm to 2 am:

Tickets can be bought at the Vitra Design Museum.
Admission: € 23