In the exhibition "Masse und Klasse: Graphic Design in the GDR", the Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR Eisenhüttenstadt presents designs for books, periodicals and phonograph records, as well as packaging, advertising and posters – works of commercial graphic design for mass production that shaped the day-to-day visual environment of East Germany.
The exhibition examines the characteristics of this part of the GDR's aesthetic culture. What images, typefaces, materials and colours were used; what traits and qualities or references to international trends can we discern?
The exhibition presents and examines the various properties of selected designs for the consumer sector – many of them anonymous works, including packaging and advertisements – and well-known designs for the cultural sector, such as books and posters.
„Masse und Klasse: Graphic Design in the GDR“ is a travelling exhibition from Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge, Berlin. It was developed and shown for the first time in the year 2016 at Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge. The Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR in Eisenhüttenstadt cooperates with Museum der Dinge and expands the scope of this exhibition using numerous objects and documents, providing insight into their comprehensive collection of magazines and books.
The exhibition "Masse und Klasse: Graphic Design in the GDR" is supported by Sparkasse Oder-Spree.
„Das Magazin“ is its media partner.
Tue – Sun, public holidays: 11 - 17 h
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