Runs until 09/22/2024

The bicycle – Cult object – Design object

The exhibition puts the topic of bicycle design in the limelight for the first time
Exhibition view.
Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (K. Mewes)

About the Exhibition

For the first time, the exhibition is focussing on bicycle design. The focus is on the design and not the cultural history of this means of transport with its diverse developments. On display are 70 examples of some of the most unusual and exciting bicycles in the history of design.

Today’s bicycle boom should not only be seen against the backdrop of a growing awareness of health, sustainability and environmental protection, but also embodies an attitude to life that stands for a new freedom, flexibility, mobility, physical balance, sport, but also – characterised by the pandemic times – for safety. Whether fast or slow, with muscle power or an electric motor, the bicycle offers solutions to the traffic and mobility problems of our cities and is changing our leisure behaviour. However, not all bicycles are the same, they are not just objects of pure utility, not just the most widespread means of transport in the world, but also design and cult objects in which technology, function and aesthetics go hand in hand.

Bicycle design is closely linked to the history of technical innovations, be it the drive systems, suspension, brakes, rear derailleurs or other components.
The material with its various properties plays a decisive role in the design of the frame, its weight or aerodynamics, as does the manufacturing technology, which ranges from classic frame construction with tubes to moulded or pressed frames made of metal or plastic to 3D-printed frames.

Plan a visit


Barer Straße 40, 80333 Munich

Opening hours:

Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Monday closed

Thursday 10:00 – 20:00

View of the exhibition

Blick in die Ausstellung.
Foto: Die Neue Sammlung (K. Mewes)
Blick in die Ausstellung.
Foto: Die Neue Sammlung (K. Mewes)
Blick in die Ausstellung.
Foto: Die Neue Sammlung (K. Mewes)

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