On July 5, 1946, only a few days after the devastating nuclear bomb tests of the USA in the Bikini Atolla "bomb" of a completely different kind detonated in the middle of France. For this day, the French swimwear designer Louis Réard a beauty pageant at the famous Paris swimming pool molitor ...proclaimed. Here he presented the smallest swimsuit in the world to date, the "bikini“. Symbolically, the bikini - at the time an absolute provocation of society - was to be associated with the explosive power of nuclear tests. And no other name would have been more appropriate either, because Réard's "invention" struck like a bomb. The idea of such a short two-piece was an outrageous scandal at the time. The bikini that's from Micheline Bernardini - a nude dancer from the Casino de Paris - was presented to the public for the first time, showed only in the most intimate places sufficient fabric. The news of such a scandalous piece of clothing went around the world like wildfire in the following days...
74 years have passed since then. Finally, the bikini, probably the most beloved and at the same time most polarizing piece of clothing for women, is given a home. The BikiniARTmuseum - provocative & so feminist - is the world's first central location where the entire historical and contemporary knowledge about swimwear and swimwear culture around the globe is brought together and presented to the public.
"The Golden Réard", probably the most valuable bikini in the world
The "BAM" has the most valuable collection of swimwear, starting from 1870. outstanding the possession of three quarters of all existing Réard pieces. Louis Réard is the inventor of the bikini and each swimwear piece is a rarity for any museum. "The Golden Réard" is the historically most valuable bikini ever.
Shows, productions, art and many stories
The visitor to the museum will be surprised by the diversity of the topics dealt with. Shows, music and movement, many astonishing works of art on the subject, countless opportunities to make something yourself and stories from all continents guarantee a holiday that is as informative as it is entertaining.
Bad Rappenau, the capital of swimwear
The "Bikini Museum" crowns the town of Bad Rappenau. Known for its spa and health resort, it is also home to two important swimwear manufacturers, Benger Ribana and Felina. The museum is located in the middle of the "A6 Boulevard", in the immediate vicinity of many visitor magnets and on a highly frequented international European main road in a central location
Dear bikini friends, we are looking forward to your visit! On 05. July 2020 we will start at 10:00 am!