The GRASSIMESSE is an international meeting point for those interested in design and passionate für beautiful things. It is even an art exhibition and a trade fair for applied art and product design from all fields.

Artisans, designers and companies offer one-of-a-kind objects, small series, etc. from areas of fabric, fashion, jewellery, ceramics, glass, furniture, metal, leather, paper and toys. The exhibitors are chosen anew every year by a specialist jury.

GRASSIMESSE thereby reflects the world of ideas and the diversity of the current applied art and design. It continues the tradition of the historical Grassimesse even founded in 1920, which became famous as the "meeting point of modernity".

It is held every year in the second half of October at GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts in Leipzig, Germany.


(15.10.– 03.11.2019)

Jewellery exhibition on the topic of environment and ecology. It gathers selected exhibits from 20 international jewellery artists, whose work deliberately picks up on one of the most pressing themes of this century. The exhibition is a cooperation with the German Environment Agency (Dessau) and is curated by Christoph Ziegler and Loukia Richards.

Two-day workshop
Sat, 2nd and Sun, 3rd of November, 10 am – 4 pm each, in the workshop areas of the museum


The China Design Centre (London) presents young Chinese Designer and artisans

Chinese ceramics centers: Mastery in stoneware, porcelain and celadon


The following projects from students will be shown at the GRASSIMESSE 2019:

material matters
Weißensee academy of art Berlin

Glass of wood
Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau / Applied Arts Schneeberg

Structure – texture – fracture
Jewellery and metal works
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hildesheim

Pop-up-Store “& friends”
Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg, class for free art / goldsmiths and silversmiths

Stack and stick
Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle, class for game and learning design


Circle of friends of the GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts presents five artists from Saxony.


Fri, 25th of October at 12 am and 1.30 pm: themed tour with Schnuppe von Gwinner at the GRASSIMESSE

Sat, 25th of October at 11 am: guided tour about the unique building of the Grassimuseum and its historical links to the GRASSIMESSE; with Judith Ley

Exhibitors 2019

Jury 2019


  • Dr. Monika Fahn, Bayerischer Kunstgewerbeverein München e. V.
  • Dr. Eva Maria Hoyer, former directress GRASSI Museum of  Applied Arts
  • Ulrike Meyer-Krahmer, member of the board of trustees of the Carl und Anneliese Goerdeler-foundation
  • Reinhold Ludwig, journalist and publisher (ART AUREA)
  • Jan Press, director Mährische Galerie Brünn, Czech Republic
  • Prof. Barbara Schmidt, professor for design, focus design and experiment, Weißensee Academy of Art, Berlin
  • Prof. Hans Stofer, professor for jewellery, Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle


  • Sabine Epple, curator, GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts, Leipzig
  • Anett Lamprecht, head of PR and assistant director, GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts, Leipzig
  • Vorsitz: Dr. Olaf Thormann, director, GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts, Leipzig


Every year, the jury decided on five awards which represent extraordinary high quality: 

  • Grassi award of the Carl and A. Goerdeler-Foundation (endowed with 3,000 €) goes to Rainer Milewski.
  • Grassi award of Sparkasse Leipzig (endowed with 2,000 €) goes to Christoph Leuner.
  • Grassi award of the Slavik Gallery, Vienna (endowed with 1,000 €) goes to Kirsten Jäschke.
  • Apolline-Award by Delphine Saucier, Brussels (endowed with 1,000 €)goes to Büro Famos.
  • Grassi Award from the friends of the museum (endowed with 1,000 €)goes to Chanyeon Cho.
  • Young talent award from the company culturtraeger goes to Lea Schweinfurth.