The exhibtion and publication project Pictograms, Signs of Life, Emojis: The Society of Signs, opened its second iteration at the Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg in May. The show traces the modern pictogram from its inception with Otto Neurath (1882–1945) in the 1920s to the present day. It maps how visual symbols have contributed to social and political change, and how their designs have helped articulate some of the greatest visual transformations of the last century.
all the things you are. Die Lebenszeichen von Wolfgang Schmidt
The artist and graphic designer Wolfgang Schmidt began to design his system of signs in 1972. Based on his body and social environment, he created the symbols relevant to him using a systematic catalog to measure the cosmos of his own feelings and experiences. The Signs of Life. The exhibtion, reader, workshop, and lecture talk were created in collaboration with artists, designers, researchers, and Wolfgang Schmidt's companions, in an attempt to approach him and his signs and examine them for their relevance today.
Re-Reading The Manual of Travelling Exhibitions
The Manual of Travelling Exhibitions, published by UNESCO in 1953, was a handbook on organizing touring exhibitions. It was conceived by Elodie Courter Osborne out of her work as head of the Department for Circulating Exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Aiming her book at museums and other public institutions, Courter formulated a “grammar” of exhibitions, ranging from organizational questions to reflections on exhibition design.
Re-reading the Manual of Travelling Exhibitions reproduces the page spreads of the original, annotating them in its margins and adding contemporary critical commentary. In the information the book includes (and leaves out), its design and the photographic logic of its images, the manual now reads like the manifesto of a modernity whose continuity was still unbroken in the immediate postwar period.
31,2 laufende Meter
Zur Geschichte des Badischen Kunstvereins
Under the title 31.2 laufende Meter, Badischer Kunstverein, in cooperation with the Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe (HfG), presented a comprehensive exhibition project on the history of the second oldest art association in Germany.
In ten chapters, among other topics, the founding history of the association, the construction history of the building, the position of the art association during the period of Nazi socialism, and the changing profile of the exhibition institution in recent decades.
[maetsen] The Art Funding Collective
Six young artists, which just have received their degrees, were interviewed about their experiences with common ways of art funding. Issues like the allocation of scholarships and the financing of artworks were part of this survey. The questions about the living and working conditions brought the interviews to a final query: What do artists need today for working and living after graduating from art university?