Museum of Applied Arts (Gera)

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Museum of Applied Arts in Ferber's House

The Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) is a arts and crafts museum in Gera . It is located in Ferber's house on Greizer Strasse, which is the largest former town house in the old town.

Building history

The house is a bourgeois property from the 18th century, grouped around an inner courtyard, the portal was built in 1760 according to the inscription. From 1765 it belonged to the merchant Johann Gottfried Steidel, after the Gera town fire in 1780 to the Kommerzienrat Heinrich Ebeling, who had the property expanded to the south in 1785/86.

In 1842 the house was acquired by Moritz Rudolf Ferber , a well-known patron from Gera, after whom the house is named. After Ferber's death in 1875, his heirs had the living rooms on the first floor redesigned in line with historicism .

After 1945 the house was used as an apartment building.

Museum use

From the beginning of the 1980s, the southern old town and thus also the area around the Ferbersche Haus was fundamentally redesigned. In the course of the workers' festival, which took place in the Gera district in 1984, a museum for arts and crafts was set up in Ferber's house. The focus of the exhibition is on the arts and crafts of the 20th century as well as photography, commercial graphics and design . The most valuable part of the collection is made up of Bauhaus ceramics by potters Otto Lindig and Theodor Bogler , works by Thilo Schoder and photographs by Aenne Biermann .

The MAK sends one representative to the jury to award the Aenne Biermann Prize for German contemporary photography.

The number of visitors was 6,426 in 2006, 5,886 in 2007, 5,547 in 2008, 2,788 in 2009 and 3,952 in 2010.


  • Siegfried Mues, Klaus Brodale: City guide Gera. Gondrom Verlag, Bindlach 1995, ISBN 3-8112-0821-7 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Art and Culture, Museum Database ( Memento from August 4, 2007 in the web archive ). In:, accessed on January 26, 2018.
  2. Culture, leisure and accommodation, visitor numbers 2006–2010 ( Memento from April 21, 2017 in the Internet Archive ). In:, accessed on January 26, 2018 (PDF file; 6 kB).

Coordinates: 50 ° 52 ′ 32.2 "  N , 12 ° 5 ′ 11.1"  E