• Zeughausmesse, Foto: Wendelin Kammermeier

Press Release Zeughausmesse 2021


30th September - 3rd October 2021


Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin
Entrance Pei-Bau
Hinter dem Gießhaus 3, 10117 Berlin

Opening times

30th September 2021 | 2pm to 6pm
1st October 2021 | 10am to 6pm
2nd October 2021 | 10am to 9pm
3rd October 2021 | 10am to 6pm

Entry fee

8 Euros | concessions 4 Euros | children/adolescents under 18 free of charge
Discounts apply to the following groups of people: Scholars and students (only upon producing valid identification documents issued by their respective institutions), unemployed individuals, federal voluntary service participants (Bundesfreiwilligendienst), holders of a Berlin Pass, as well as disabled persons (with 50% or more MdE according to German law).

On Saturday, 2nd of October the Zeughausmesse will open until 9 pm and the entry is free from 6 pm to 9 pm. 

Possible again: Art, Crafts & Design in Real Space

24th Zeughausmesse taking place from the 30th of September to the 3rd of October 2021 at Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin

After a two-year break, this autumn will bring around 80 craft artists and designers to the Zeughausmesse in Berlin once again. Their exquisite art creations can be found, touched, explored and bought in the glass-roofed courtyard of the German Historical Museum. Conversations with exhibiting artists offer a glimpse into the vast creative universe that underpins their work, from rare materials and specialized techniques to unique origin stories. Seeing this vast display of elegant hats, ceramic art, glass design objects, ingenious lamps, furniture, of extraordinary jewellery, one-of-a-kind bags and art objects, will lift any visitor’s mood.

Birgit Borstelmann’s art object “Maulheld“ has been chosen for this year’s Zeughausmesse poster. A goldsmith by training, the Hamburg artist creates unique mechanical objects crafted from everyday found items, pieces of metal and custom-carved wooden mechanical constructions. She creates a wild, imaginary pantheon of fantasy creatures with flowery names. Inspired by the traditional craft of toymaking, these creatures come to life as gears and cranks turn to move their different parts, allowing them to talk, wave, roll or walk. Visitors will be able to explore Birgit Borstelmann’s visual world at Zeughausmesse 2021.

Craft fairs such as Zeughausmesse are important platforms for artists, visitors, gallerists and other art professionals to connect. During times of Covid-19, planning such an event poses a significant financial risk. This year, all exhibiting artists have agreed to carry this risk together with the fair’s organizer, Berufsverband Angewandte Kunst Berlin Branden-burg (Applied Arts Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg). It is noteworthy how many craft artists are willing to stand together to make this opportunity a reality and allow visitors to experience art in real space again.

Supporting artists is essential, especially in Covid-19 times. Often overlooked, the field of Decorative Arts and Crafts is forging its own, particularly difficult path. The annual craft fair Zeughausmesse is financed without any external funding. Thanks to a long-standing collaboration with the Deutsches Historisches Museum and Dr. Klaus Lederer, Senator for Culture and Europe, as its patron, Zeughausmesse has established itself as the most important platform for Decorative Arts and Crafts in Berlin.

Berliner Volksbank has continually donated awards for Decorative Arts and Crafts since 2004. A jury consisting of museum directors, gallerists, university professors, journalists, artists and other experts usually chooses four artists among all exhibitors who have distinguished themselves uniquely in their work. Such an award often serves as an important milestone in an artist’s career development. All exhibitors and further information on www.zeughausmesse.de

Organiser contact

Berufsverband Angewandte Kunst Berlin-Brandenburg e.V.
c/o Rainer Wiencke
Am Friedrichshain 10
10407 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 - 30 - 42 80 42 35
E-Mail: r-wienckeatzeughausmesse.de


Sigrid Kohn
Frank-L.-Howley-Weg 20
14167 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 - 30 - 84 72 49 17
Mobile: +49 - 172 - 375 62 27
E-Mail: s-kohnatzeughausmesse.de