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Special Exhibition

Fantasy forms Figures – from chocolate

From 23 May 2017 to 7 January 2018

Since the middle of the 19th century, chocolate has existed in the solid form that we know today. Since that time, the external shape of chocolate has also played as important a role as the desire of confectioners, pâtissiers and artists to design figures and sculptures made of chocolate.

In the early days, creating the moulds necessary for this task was a cumbersome process. Sheets of metal needed to be beaten out by hand and later underwent a pressing process. Today chocolate designers carry out such tasks on the computer. These designers also produce chocolate holograms that transform chocolate bars into photorealistic images. And what does the future hold in store? Will it soon be possible to create any mould by means of 3D printing and to use it for the production of chocolate figures?

The Chocolate Museum in Cologne received Swiss collector E. Gschwind’s historical collection of chocolate moulds as a donation. This collection provides the framework for this exhibition, which traces the historical development of chocolate moulds from its origins at the end of the 19th century up to the present day.

The current production processes are portrayed by means of exhibits provided by chocolate mould manufacturer agathon in Bottrop. The global market leader also provides a glimpse at the technologies of the future.

We look forward to your visit!

The Chocolate Museum

Like a ship made of glass and metal, the chocolate museum is located in the Rheinau harbour, directly in front of the old town, near the Cologne Cathedral.

In medieval times in Cologne, the anchor and terminal were located here by the Rhine boatmen. Today the old swing bridge has been renovated to the new designed harbour quarter of the "Rheinauhafen".

The tour of the nine exhibition areas is a fantastic and unforgettable journey through the 4000 square metre of the culture and history of chocolate, starting at the old American cultures such as the Maya and the Aztecs, through the Baroque age and the industrialization up to the individual refinement of the noble chocolate of today.

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