Programme during the Architekturwoche Basel and the International Museum Day

09. – 15.05.2022

During the Architekturwoche Basel from 9 to 15 May 2022 and on the occasion of the International Museum Day on 15 May 2022, the Vitra Design Museum offers a special programme.

Daily architecture tours give insights into the unique architectural ensemble on the Vitra Campus. On 13 May 2022, the presentation »Colour Rush! An Installation by Sabine Marcelis« and the Barragán Gallery will open at the Vitra Schaudepot. In the Barragán Gallery, drawings, photographs and other material from the archive of the mexican architect Luis Barragán will be presented, and visitors will be able to discover his work during guided tours on 15 May 2022. In addition, the Rehberger-Weg will celebrate the start of the season with the event »Springtime along the '24 Stops'« on 15 May 2022, inviting the whole family for an excursion with various programme highlights.

Daily architecture tours on the Vitra Campus

Daily architecture tours on the Vitra Campus

Few other places in the world comprise as many architectural icons as the Vitra Campus. Experience the Campus on a guided tour introducing buildings by Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Tadao Ando, Herzog & de Meuron, SANAA, and many others.

Architecture tour in German:
Daily, at 11 am
Additionally every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays at 2 pm

    Architecture tour in English:
    Daily, at 12 pm
    Additionally every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays at 3 pm

    Meeting point: Vitra Schaudepot
    Reservations via 

    Thursday, 12 May 2022

    Thursday, 12 May 2022

    Oudolf Garten
    Guided Tour (DE) | 12 May 2022
    10:30 am, Vitra Design Museum

    The garden created by Dutch designer Piet Oudolf in 2020 adds another facet to the Vitra Campus. An artful wilderness, it consists of nearly thirty thousand plants and covers four thousand square metres. Its array of colours changes with the seasons, providing a rich setting for the surrounding architecture. Join a guided tour and learn more about the garden’s layout and design!
    The tour will be held in German.

    € 9.00 per person (reduced ticket: € 7.00)
    No registration required

    Friday, 13 May 2022

    Friday, 13 May 2022

    Plastic: Remaking Our World
    Guided Tour (EN) | 13 May 2022
    4 pm, Vitra Design Museum

    Plastics have shaped our daily lives like no other material: from packaging to footwear, from household goods to furniture, from automobiles to architecture. As a material it has spurred the imagination of designers and architects for decades. The exhibition examines the history and future of this controversial material – from its meteoric rise to its environmental impact and to solutions for a more sustainable use of plastic. Exhibits include rarities from the dawn of the plastic age, spectacular objects of the pop era as well as visionary contemporary projects.

    € 9.00 per person (reduced ticket: € 7.00) plus Vitra Design Museum entry fee
    No registration required

    Barragán Gallery & »Colour Rush!«
    Opening (EN) | 13 May 2022
    6 pm, Vitra Schaudepot

    Barragán Gallery

    Luis Barragán (1902–1988) is widely regarded as the most important Mexican architect of the twentieth century. Since 1996, the architect’s professional estate has been in the care of the Barragan Foundation, located in Birsfelden, near Basel in Switzerland. Over the past two decades, a small team of researchers under the leadership of architectural historian Federica Zanco has systematically evaluated and catalogued the archival documents. As part of a newly established partnership between the Barragan Foundation and the Vitra Design Museum, this material has moved to new premises on the Vitra Campus. The Barragán Archive is now located in close proximity to the Vitra Schaudepot. This includes a state-of-the-art repository for the documents, a study room for visiting researchers, and the Barragán Gallery, a thematic exhibition space. The gallery show presents drawings, photographs and other material from the Barragán Archive, together with biographical details and an illustrated chronology of modern architecture in Mexico. This ensemble of documents and supplementary information illuminates Barragán’s life and work in a larger context.

    Colour Rush! An Installation by Sabine Marcelis

    The annual presentation at the Vitra Schaudepot reveals the collection of the Vitra Design Museum in a fresh light every year. The new focus topic, which will be on display from May 2022 to May 2023, is wholly devoted to colour. Following an invitation from the Vitra Design Museum, Dutch designer Sabine Marcelis has transformed the Schaudepot in one simple, sweeping gesture by sorting its roughly four hundred exhibits by colour. The installation shows the collection from new perspectives and produces fascinating cross-references between periods and styles, at the same time providing visitors with an overwhelming immersive experience. The presentation is complemented by historical and contemporary objects and documents from the museum archives that illustrate how designers from different eras approached the subject.

    On this occassion, we cordially invite you to drinks and music in the Depot Deli, next to the Vitra Schaudepot.

    Sunday, 15 May 2022 (International Museum Day)

    Sunday, 15 May 2022 (International Museum Day)

    Luis Barragán Insights
    Guided Tour (DE/EN) | 15 May 2022
    1–4 pm, Vitra Schaudepot, Barragán Gallery

    Discover the work of the Mexican architect Luis Barragán (1902 - 1988), one of the most important Latin American architects of the 20th century. His virtuosity is best known by his use of colour and spatial compositions. The curators Martin Josephy and Luis E. Carranza present his extensive work in short guided tours through the newly opened Barragán Gallery followed by individual discussions.

    Short tours (30 minutes) in German
    1, 2 and 3 pm

    Short tours (30 minutes) in English
    1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 pm

    Springtime along the »24 Stops«
    Architecture, art and nature on the Rehberger-Weg
    Special (DE/EN) | 15 May 2022
    2–6 pm, Rehberger-Weg

    In conjunction with International Museum Day and Architekturwoche Basel, the »24 Stops« Rehberger-Weg art trail is celebrating the start of the season and inviting the whole family for an excursion with various programme highlights. Four workshops along the path give young and old the chance to discover new perspectives and explore their creativity. An architecture tour starts at the Fondation Beyeler and leads along the Rehberger-Weg through the vineyards to the Vitra Campus. The architectural masterpieces by Renzo Piano, Frank O. Gehry and Herzog & de Meuron are also presented in addition to the objects by artist Tobias Rehberger. Before or after the five-kilometre walk, the Sunday afternoon outing can be rounded off with a picnic on the Vitra Campus or in the park of the Fondation Beyeler.

    2–6 pm

    Flowers, butterflies and other free-form creations are folded as origami in the palette of spring.

    A landscape of cottages and cabins
    Build up, take down, rebuild – with poles and panels of cloth, everyone is invited to add to a colourful collection of small improvised structures.

    Gazing at the horizon
    Individual views of Basel’s skyline are captured on large sheets of paper.

    Community garden
    An expansive hand-drawn garden takes shape on the ground with everyone’s favourite plants.

    Architecture tour
    3 pm, from Fondation Beyeler
    Limited number of participants, registration at the Fondation Beyeler information desk

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