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HfG on the road

From time to time, objects and graphics from the HfG archive travel around together with their stories. Such exhibits can currently be seen in the following exhibitions:

20.03.2021 – 05.09.2021

Vitra Design Museum


Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Dresden

German Design 1949–1989

Two Countries, one History

Driven by the Bauhaus and Werkbund movements, German Design gained wide recognition in the early twentieth century. After 1949, its development followed a unique path as designers in the divided nation continued working under opposed political systems in East and West Germany.
More than thirty years after the German reunification, the Vitra Design Museum, and the Kunstgewerbemuseum Dresden present the exhibition »German Design 1949–1989: Two Countries, One History«. It is the first overview that explores German design on both sides of the Iron Curtain.


05.11.2020 – 05.04.2021

Museo de Bellas Artes Bilbao

Otl Aicher. Metro Bilbao. Architecture and Landscape

The museum is presenting the first major international retrospective devoted to the German graphic designer Otl Aicher, with more than 200 works and projects from the HfG-Archiv Ulm (Archive of the Ulm School of Design) (Germany). Highlights include 80 never before seen drawings from his project for the Metro Bilbao, as well as a dozen drawings and photographs from the Norman Foster Foundation archive, the outcome of the encounters between Foster and Aicher.


24.9.2020 – 11.4.2021 (verlängert)

Leopold Hösch Museum Düren

7.5.2021 – 12.9.2021

Museum für neue Kunst Freiburg

Piktogramme, Lebenszeichen, Emojis: Die Gesellschaft der Zeichen

Billions of emojis are sent every day via cell phones, tablets, and other digital devices. After their introduction in the late 1990s, emojis developed into a worldwide phenomenon of mass communication from 2010 onwards. They have permanently changed our everyday interaction with pictograms, i.e. information conveyed via a system of images. Today, over 3,000 standardized emojis are a constant presence in private chat and social media. They reflect the desire for expressions of emotion in a highly functional, globalized world. From today’s perspective, the popular emojis and their history raise exciting questions that this exhibition explores.


Verlängert bis 2.5.2021

Horst Janssen Museum Oldenburg

Das kann nur Zeichnung! Von Beethoven bis Pinterest

The Horst Janssen Museum has been in existence for 20 years – a wonderful reason for an anniversary exhibition, which celebrates drawing as a cultural technique of man, and indeed of every human being. It is hard to imagine a world without writing and drawing pens. Smartphones, tablets and computers are increasingly being used to draw ideas and designs. The line is always fundamental as a design element of drawing. This phenomenon is worth pursuing.