British star architect David Chipperfield restored and modernized this fine example of German art deco in 2003–05. The building, dating to 1925–29, houses three important museums.
Museum für Angewandte Kunst. This museum showcases 2,000 years of works from Leipzig's and eastern Germany's proud tradition of handicrafts, such as exquisite porcelain, fine tapestry art, and modern Bauhaus design. Johannispl. 5–11, 04103. 0341/222–9100. www.grassimuseum.de. €5. Tues.–Sun. 10–6.
Museum für Völkerkunde. Presenting arts and crafts from all continents and various eras, this museum includes a thrilling collection of Southeast Asian antique art and the world's only Kurile Ainu feather costume, in the Northeast Asia collection. Johannispl. 5–11, 04103. 0341/973–1300. www.grassimuseum.de. €6. Tues.–Sun. 10–6.
Museum für Musikinstrumente. Historical musical instruments, mostly from the Renaissance, include the world's oldest clavichord, constructed in 1543 in Italy. There are also spinets, flutes, and lutes. Recordings of the instruments can be heard at the exhibits. Johannispl. 5–11, 04103. 0341/973–0750. €5. Tues.–Sun. 10–6.
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