Archive 2017

Events 2017

Weihnachten in unserer Zeit.

Lesung mit Maria Bellmann am Mittwoch, 6. Dezember 2017 um 19.30 Uhr

In ihren Kurzgeschichten für Erwachsene weiß Maria Bellmann wunderbar zu erzählen, welche Herausforderungen an uns gestellt werden, die besonders in der Weihnachtszeit bedeutungsvoll sind. Freuen sich am Mittwoch, 6. Dezember 2017 um 19.30 Uhr auf einen Abend mit zahlreichen kuriosen Begebenheiten mit Happy-End, die aber doch zum Nachdenken anregen. Der Eintritt ist frei.

Music Special: Nordisch Folking and ukulele concert.

Music Special: Nordic Folking and ukulele concert. Hamburg’s Roland Prakken and Kannemann delight guests with their own compositions on the ukulele on 4 November 2017 at 7:00 pm.

On Saturday, 4 November 2017 at 7:00 pm the Hamburg musicians Roland Prakken and Kannemann will perform for the first time at the Volkswagen AutoMuseum. In the first part, they will be delighting guests with humorous self-penned compositions under the title “Nordic Folking”. As the Ukulele Alley Cats, they dedicate the second part of the concert to the smallest giant in the world of music. Admission is free, the number of places limited and a donation is requested.


WOB-007. Bond’s cars and props. Special exhibition from 10 October 2017 to 4 March 2018.

He has made film history and is still regarded as the most popular secret agent in the service of Her Majesty and of course his cinema audience: James Bond. From 10 October 2017 to 4 March 2018, the new "WOB-007" special exhibition immerses guests in the fascinating world of this cult figure. Marvel at Bond's racy and refined vehicles such as the Aston Martin DB5 or the Lotus Esprit, as well as his technical gadgetry such as the jet-pack and extravagant costumes.

Aston Martin DB5

Probably the agent’s most beautiful company car, first used in "Goldfinger" in 1964, then later in "Thunderball", "Golden Eye", "Tomorrow Never Dies", "Casino Royale", "Skyfall" and "Spectre".

Aston Martin DB5

007’s 2CV

Its Citröen GS 54-horsepower engine helped Bond’s 2CV zoom through the mountains in "For Your Eyes Only" in 1981. It was on sale as a limited edition from 1981.

Audi 200 quattro

Timothy Dalton drove this all-wheel-drive saloon – and also the chic 200 quattro Avant later on in the film – in "The Living Daylights" (1987).

Lotus Esprit

First used in "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977). The wedge, designed by Golf designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, was powered by a 162-PS four-cylinder engine.

Volkswagen T1 Pickup

With its loading area full of beautiful villains, the T1 rolled through the Scottish Highlands in "Casino Royale" in 1967. Bond was forced to pulverize the car.

Sunbeam Alpine S II

The very first company car for James Bond (in the guise of Sean Connery) before the Aston Martin and the rest came on the scene. Appeared in "Dr. No" in 1962.

Lookbook No. 3.

Volkswagen Artwork by Klaus Trommer from 30 August 2017 to 21 January 2018.

Lookbook No. 3 – Vibrant and colourful, almost three-dimensional-looking graphics and photographs of historic Volkswagen models adorn the pages of this book. Renowned artist Klaus Trommer has designed these for Volkswagen Zubehör GmbH, who provides the images to its licence holders in merchandising as creative input. The third edition of the book contains 180 pictures, a representative selection of which will be shown from 30 August 2017 to 21 January 2018 as part of the ‘MobilArt. Art at the Volkswagen AutoMuseum’ series.

Bernd Luz: Legends of Le Mans. Abstact PopArt.

Special show from 29 March to 13 August 2017.

The 24-hour race at Le Mans first took place in 1923. The moving story of this automobile protagonist, the racing legend on four wheels, is put into the spotlight by the artist Bernd Luz with elements of abstract and pop art. The result is richly coloured, emotional images that can be seen from 29 March to 13 August 2017 in the series “MobilArt. Art at the AutoMuseum Volkswagen”.  

Open temptation. Cabriolet milestones.

Special exhibition from 16 March to 17 September 2017.

From 16 March to 17 September 2017 a pure fair-weather feeling wafts into the AutoMuseum Volkswagen. The new special exhibition “Open temptation. Cabriolet milestones.” embarks on a journey through the history of the cabriolet spanning more than 130 years. At the beginning of car manufacturing, open-topped cars were the rule, only to become coveted luxury goods in the 1920s. This was followed by an ever-wider range, including lower-cost cabriolet and roadsters. In modern times, driving fun came to the fore. On display are 22 selected models across all brands. They show the rich variety of these “topless models”, giving an insight into different convertible-top technologies.

Ruppe Piccolo: Ruppe was an automobile manufacturer that did business in Apolda, Thüringen from 1904 to 1910. Due to economic problems, it was acquired by the Apollo company. Installed in this car were a V2, a V4 and finally an in-line four-cylinder unit. The engine was mounted in front, and the emancipation from the carriage had already triumphed. A folding cover could be stretched over the occupants. In those times, there either was no windscreen or doors in such cars, or they were just improvised.

Ruppe Piccolo, 1905

Horch 853 A: Horch was one of the brands of the Auto Union, which was founded in 1932. Sold under this name were premium and luxury class cars with the four rings – ranging up to the posh twelve-cylinder models. The 850 model series followed the "Horch  8". In 1937, the re-engineered 853 sport convertible made its debut – here with a 5.35 m long factory body. Starting in 1937, the 5.0-litre in-line eight-cylinder unit produced 120 instead of 100 PS. The 853 A ("A" stood for "Autobahn") got a rev-reducing "overdrive gear".

Horch 853 A, 1937

Victoria Spatz: Entry-level cars like the Isetta or the Kleinschnittger – ridiculed by some in their era as "traffic stoppers" – were however always better than a two-wheeled vehicle in the rain. After all, 1,588 units of the plastic roadster from Bavaria, which had no doors had been manufactured within two years. Participating in its development were Egon Brütsch and then Hans Ledwinka.

Victoria Spatz, 1958

Škoda Felicia: Roadsters and small convertibles were also built in the Eastern Bloc – from Wartburg in Eisenach and Škoda in Mlada Boleslav. In 1959, the previous Škoda model 450 was renamed the "Felicia", and now there was also a hardtop. The engine was mounted in front, and the rear wheels were driven. At first, the four-seater still had rear fins (like in this everyday model used in the Czech Republic), which later gave way to a simpler termination of the rear section.

Skoda Felicia, 1961

Mazda MX 5: Ironically, it was the Japanese who revived the segment of sharp roadsters in the late 1980s. The Mazda Miata, first introduced in the USA, had the appearance of a new edition of the Lotus, and it became a cult car – in Europe as the MX-5. A special aspect of the two-seater was that it continued to embody the classic virtues of small English sports cars: mechanically operated emergency soft top, a snappy engine under a long bonnet, rear-wheel drive and a small boot.

Mazda MX 5, 1989

T-Cross Breeze: Off-road convertibles appear to be setting a new trend. Land Rover was the first to put such a car into production with the Evoque. But the technology of the VW T-Cross Breeze concept vehicle is much more advanced. The off-road convertible positioned in the Polo class (a short 4.13 m in length) was presented in Geneva in March 2016. Last but not least, it could fit ideally into the brand's future model range based on its future-oriented technical features.

T-Cross Breeze, 2016

Seeing behind the eyes.

Abstract photographs from China and Germany from 10 January to 18 March 2017.

In his exhibition 'Seeing Behind the Eyes' photographer Kai Grüber explores the question of individual perception of reality. From 10 January to 19 March 2017, the Volkswagen AutoMuseum is showing abstract photographs from China and Germany that, thanks to blurring, leave plenty of scope for the viewer's own interpretation of the images.

Seeing Behind the Eyes...