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erik spiekermann.the face of type, © Erik Spiekermann
erik spiekermann.the face of type, © Erik Spiekermann

erik spiekermann. the face of type

23 March – 6 June 2011

All fonts are not created equal. And Erik Spiekermann knows best how typography, branding and perception are interrelated. The 63-year-old is one of the world's best known designers and typographers. In his own view, the greatest achievement in his life's work – for which he will receive the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany from the Design Council in February 2011 – is the network of designers that he has trained over the past several decades. His agency, Edenspiekermann, has created corporate design for a variety of global companies, including Volkswagen and Audi, Deutsche Bahn and Düsseldorf Airport. Spiekermann is a co-founder of Metadesign, one of the largest design agencies in Germany, and of the Fontshop, the first mail-order business for computer fonts.
The citizens of Berlin are probably most familiar with Erik Spiekermann in connection with the signage and guidance system that he created for the Berlin Transport Authority (BVG) after reunification of the capital city in 1989. The Bauhaus Archive/Museum of Design provides insights into his working process and shows how he developed this font as well as others – including some classics in the realm of typography.

Albert Renger-Patzsch, Fagus Factory, Alfeld/Leine, View of the SouthEast corner of the main building, 1911 - 1925, photo 1928
Albert Renger-Patzsch, Fagus Factory, Alfeld/Leine, View of the SouthEast corner of the main building, 1911 - 1925, photo 1928, © Albert Renger-Patzsch Archiv – Ann und Jürgen Wilde, Zülpich / VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2011, Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin

Focusing the Modern

The Fagus Factory photographed by Albert Renger-Patzsch

22.06 - 29.08.2011

Renger-Patzsch numbers among the most important exponents of New Objectivity. His fascinating photographs of the factory in Alfeld, which were originally created for advertising purposes, have shaped its image up to the present day. His photographs put a clear focus on the object within a precisely arranged composition: the cropping, differentiation and perspective shortening of pictorial elements determines the compositional structure in many of his photos.

2011 is the 100th anniversary of the Fagus Factory, which was designed in 1911 by Walter Gropius in collaboration with Adolf Meyer. To mark this occasion, the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin presents the first complete showing of two photographic series of the Fagus Factory taken by Albert Renger-Patzsch. They include views of architecture, industrial products and the manufacturing process as well as portraits of the company's owners.

The Fagus series are complemented by approximately forty photographs of both healthy and deformed feet as well as good and bad footwear, which were commissioned from Renger-Patzsch for the orthopaedic specialist August Weinert. These unusual images are evidence of the importance of the Fagus Works as a reformist company within the shoe industry. The spectrum of photographs in the exhibition is further augmented by roughly fifty prints from the private collection of Karl Benscheidt Jr., the son of the company's owner. These images of natural objects and landscapes by Renger-Patzsch bear witness to the role of Benscheidt as an important patron of the photographer.

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„Endless“, Dirk Vander Kooij, DMY Award 2011
„Endless“, Dirk Vander Kooij, DMY Award 2011

DMY International Design Festival

Awards and Jury Selection 2011

14.09. - 10.10.2011

The Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design is this year once again presenting the 2011 DMY Jury Selection from the DMY International Design Festival in Berlin, providing exhibition space for young, innovative design.

The International Design Festival in Berlin, which started in 2003, has established itself as the largest platform for contemporary product design in Germany. In collaboration with the Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design, the festival presents the DMY Awards for the best works.

The ten works nominated by the jury this year reflect social,
sustainable and cultural values in the field of design.

Walter Gropius, A City Crown for Halle, 1927/28. Photo: Bauhaus Archive Berlin, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2011
Walter Gropius, A City Crown for Halle, 1927/28. Photo: Bauhaus Archive Berlin, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2011

A City Crown for Halle

Walter Gropius in Competition

26/10/2011 – 09/01/2012



In the year 1927, the city Halle an der Saale announced a remarkable architectural competition: known in the
press as the “Acropolis of Halle. A striking new urban centre – a monumental “city crown” – was to be erected on a promontory called Lehmann's Rock, comprising an auditorium and concert hall, sports facilities and a museum. Some of the most prominent German architects of the era were invited to participate in the competition, including Walter Gropius, Hans Poelzig, Peter Behrens, Emil Fahrenkamp, Paul Bonatz and Wilhelm Kreis. Proposals were also submitted by local architects and artists. However, none of the projects was implemented, and during the following decades the competition was completely forgotten. Nevertheless, numerous original plans by most of the participants still exist. For the exhibition, which is the first public presentation of this material after more than 80 years, it was possible to assemble a total of 44 original drawings and plans. Moreover, specially built models of these designs will be on display in this exhibition. Highlights of the show include the design by Walter Gropius, entitled “Hanging Gardens”, as well as the plans by Peter Behrens and Hans Poelzig. This exhibition is a project of the Moritzburg Foundation, Kunstmuseum des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt, Halle, and the University of Halle-Wittenberg in cooperation with the Bauhaus Archive Berlin.

Special Exhibitions 2010