Social Engagement

Promoting diversity in all its forms is very important to BASF Coatings. As a company that centers around research and innovation, we are mainly committed to promoting science education. This entails getting children and young people interested in science, as well as identifying and enabling their individual careers.

Further elements of our engagement

Museum of Lacquer Art

Our passion for lacquer goes far beyond our products. In order to inspire enthusiasm for this glossy material and its long tradition in the world of art, we opened the Museum of Lacquer Art in Münster in 1993. Our museum is all about the many ways in which lacquer can be used, and the history of lacquer art.

The cultural institution run by BASF in Münster is home to a unique collection of more than 2,000 items spanning two millennia and places as diverse as East Asia, Europe and the Islamic world. A variety of special exhibitions highlight and showcase historic and contemporary aspects of lacquer art. The museum also hosts concerts, readings, educational programs and other events.

Visit our Museum of Lacquer Art

Eingangsbereich des Museums für Lackkunst
Kunstwerk "Peach" von Nakata Mayu

New Japanese lacquer art from Hokuriku

The Museum of Lacquer Art is exhibiting around 50 items from eight lacquer artists from Hokuriku in a special exhibition running from June 16 to September 17, 2023. Most of the artists are graduates of the Kanazawa College of Art or trained at the famous institute for lacquer art in Wajima.

Find out more about our special exhibition here


Kinder vor dem Museum für Lackkunst

Free tours for children

What happens during a traditional tea ceremony and why are dragons considered lucky in Asia? The Museum of Lacquer Art offers a free tour once a month for children aged 6 to 12 years. Lasting around 70 minutes, the interactive tours start at 3:00 p.m.

Young explorers are taken on a journey through the worlds of China and Japan, steeped in legend and rich in history. They get to know symbols and characters that tell myths and stories, and immerse themselves in the culture of East Asia by reenacting a traditional tea ceremony. Lastly, they make their own souvenir using origami, the Japanese art of paper folding.

Please book by telephone on +49 (0)251 41851-22 (Tuesday to Sunday, 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.) or by email at MuseumLack@basf.com. The next tours will take place September 30, October 14, November 11 and December 9, 2023.