In April 2012, the Austrian museum "Klo & So" presented a new exhibition concept to the public. The exhibition, titled "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 created in cooperation between town of Gmunden, the museum’s board and LAUFEN, who provided most of the content.
History of “Klo & So”
When the sanitary ware museum "Klo&So" opened in 2008, the concept was to visualize the history of ceramics in the K-Hof. Around 300 of the products exhibited originated from the Pepöchhaus in Gmunden. Today’s concept of "Klo & So" tries to stretch the imagination. 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 that German-speaking people call, "Stilles Örtchen." The exhibition enables visitors to reconstruct the development of toilets back in the 16th century, from commodes and chamber pots right up to 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 museum’s collection. The collection was born when he found an undamaged toilet hidden amongst a construction waste pile.
After doing some research on his finding, he discovered that the toilet was developed back in 1904 and belonged to the factory he was director of. A valuable finding, it was also a defining moment for the director’s passion for collecting rare ceramic pieces. All products were dedicated to the museum "Klo & So."
LAUFEN is pleased to continue to sponsor and support the exhibition in order to keep this cultural asset up-to-date and present visitors with a broad variety of existing products that define specific decades in the history of sanitary ware. As a result, most exhibited objects belong to LAUFEN, others were donated by private persons. The museum’s current curator is Alfred Zinnhobl, a former employee of the plant in Gmunden.
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