In April 2012, the Austrian museum "Klo&So", presented a new exhibition concept to the public. The exhibition "Stille Orte. Stille Zeugen. Kulturgeschichte rund um Klo & Bad" tells the story of bathrooms and the evolution of bathroom products over the past decades. The project was realized in a close cooperation between the corporate town Gmunden, the museumâs board and LAUFEN , who provided most of the content.
History of "Klo & So"
The sanitaryware museum "Klo&So" was opened for the first time back in 2008. The core idea was to visualize the history of ceramics in the K-Hof. Around 300 products exhibited originated from the Pepöchhaus in Gmunden. Todays' concept of "Klo & So" tries to stretch the imagination Meaning, not solely concentrating on products, but also highlighting the changes in terms of hygiene in the total bathroom. Furthermore, the exhibition comes up with individual and original stories related to the bathroom and the place, German-speaking people name "Stilles Örtchen".The exhibition enables visitors to reconstruct the development of toilets back in the 16th century, up to commodes, chamber pots and right up until familiar toilets from recent decades.
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Founder of the Collection
Fritz Lischka, the former director of the plant Engelhof Gmunden (today: LAUFEN), was the founder of the museums' collection.
It was him that found an undamaged toilet with a beautiful relief-liked decorated toilet, hidden amongst a construction waste pile.
After doing some research on his finding, he learnt that the toilet was developed back in 1904 and belonged to the factory he was director of. A valuable finding, indeed - this was the defining moment for the directors' passion for collecting old, rare ceramic pieces. All products were dedicated to the museum "Klo & So".
Until today, LAUFEN sponsors and supports the exhibition. Foremost because LAUFEN feels responsible to keep this cultural asset up-to-date and present visitors with a broad variety of existing products that define specific decades in history. As a result, most exhibited objects belong to LAUFEN, others were donated by private persons. The museums' current curator is Alfred Zinnhobl, former employee of the plant in Gmunden.
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