2018-07-19 21:22

At the laying of the foundation stone, the initiators sink a bikini treasure chest.

Bad Rappenau becomes the capital of swimwear

On the area of the Best Western Hotel Bad Rappenau, directly in the exit area of the A6, junction Bad Rappenau, the foundation stone was laid for the hotel extension and the construction of the world's first Swimwear Museum called "BikiniARTmuseum". The investment volume of the project is around 11 million euros. Numerous visitors and invited guests got a first impression of this unique building project with large meaning for the well-known bath and cure city bath Rappenau with marvelous weather - Bikini sky -.

The participants were visibly proud. Finally the construction starts. The project is entering its decisive phase and will be opened in the second half of 2019. For the Lord Mayor of Bad Rappenau, Sebastian Frei, the project is a matter close to his heart. Due to its history and the project now starting, Bad Rappenau can certainly be called the "capital of swimwear". Two important swimwear brands have started in Bad Rappenau: Benger Ribana and Felina. Bad Rappenau therefore has a great tradition in the field of swimwear and was called a "seaside resort far from the sea" in the 1930s due to its bathing status.
Maximilian Lang, COO of the museum, at his project presentation: "The visitors will expect a lively museum with a historical swimwear variety from around three centuries. The BikiniARTmuseum already has a representative collection that covers the entire period of swimwear history in all possible places on earth. In addition to Germany, the focus is on the USA, Brazil, France and England. The contemporary witnesses of bathing culture are also affected by socio-political dimensions.

The acceptance of "swimsuit and bikini" reflects the social position of women in all countries. This is how stories are told that present the development of swimwear through scandals, prohibitions, pleasure and aesthetics. The symbolic figure created especially for the museum shows a young woman from the sixties in a winning pose wearing boxing gloves. The necessary assertiveness against the resistance of the respective conservative society is symbolized in order to be allowed to put on what one wants when bathing.

Not only bathing costumes and documents from the past await the visitors. There will also be a diverse and cross-continental art exhibition consisting of photographs, paintings and sculptures on the themes of swimwear and the beach, including works by renowned artists such as Udo Lindenberg, Ekaterina Moré, Gerard Mas and Gail Markiewicz.
Visitors to the BikiniARTmuseum can expect plenty of exercise, music and beautiful holiday memories from earlier times and pure entertainment in the latest multimedia format.
Ekaterina Moré started with the art project "ART" during the construction ceremony and finished the first of the two meter high letters.

The swimwear collector Jürgen Kraft from Usedom, cooperation partner of the BikiniARTmuseum, also took part in the kick-off event in Bad Rappenau and, in addition to a historical beach chair, also brought along some historical leaders from the Baltic Sea as well as historical swimwear models, which were presented by two models on site.