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Then and Now

The StadtPalais – Museum for Stuttgart

How did Stuttgart become what it is today? Which important impulses influenced the city’s development? And where does its future lie? The “StadtPalais – Museum for Stuttgart”, which opened in April 2018 in the former City Palace, focuses on the state capital and its history.

The StadtPalais is located in what used to be King Wilhelm's Palace, the former residence of Wilhelm II, the last king of Württemberg. Its exhibits are collectors' items that document the city's past – from shop signs and advertisements to protest banners and the panda mask of the rapper Cro. 
The hub of the permanent exhibition “Stuttgart (His)tories” is a medially recorded model of the city, where so-called “Tales of the Town” take visitors back, step by step, through Stuttgart's past, while giving them the opportunity to review its history from many different perspectives. Two “Century Rooms” present the city's history in chronological order from the mid 18th century onwards. The 19th century spotlights its development from a minor royal capital to an industrialised metropolis. The 20th century is defined by the emergence of democracy, the devastation and reconstruction during and after the Second World War, and a city shaped by migration.
Special exhibitions give deeper insights into specific aspects of the permanent collection, with the focus on the history of the city and on issues related to its architecture and urban development. 
The “BauMit” city laboratory on the garden level invites children and young people to plan their own future in the city. Here they can not only discover Stuttgart from a new angle, but also get to know, as up-and-coming town planners, the basic aspects of architecture and urban planning through exhibitions, workshops and other projects. 

The Richard Herre exhibition, which closes on 1st March 2020, pays tribute to a forgotten protagonist of the Stuttgart avant-garde: the architect and furniture designer Richard Herre. Furniture, drafts and posters are on show here. Herre was not only one of the initiators of the German Werkbund exhibition “The Dwelling”, which also included the building of the Weissenhof Estate in 1927, he was also creatively involved in the interior decoration of the house designed by Max Taut. 
Closing on 30th August 2020, the temporary exhibition TROY – 30 Jahre Die Fantastischen Vier commemorates thirty years of this Stuttgart band whose success story began more than three decades ago. The exhibition looks back on the origins and development of what is most probably Stuttgart’s foremost pop and hip-hop group.

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