Celebrities. Andy Warhol and the Stars

Photo: Marion Lammersen / Kubix GmbH

Photo: Marion Lammersen / Kubix GmbH

Photo: Marion Lammersen / Kubix GmbH

Photo: Sandra Schuck

The show was part of the Berlin-wide program “Der Kult des Künstlers” (The Artist Cult). The Warhol Shop that was integrated into the exhibition proved controversial with the critics but popular with the public.

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum of Contemporary Art,
Berlin, 2.10.08–11.1.09
Curators: Anette Hüsch, Joachim Jäger
Curator Warhol Shop: Jörg Klambt / Muse Store
Exhibition architecture and graphics, merchandise: chezweitz & roseapple

Workshop of Modernism

The permanent exhibition in the famous building tells the story of the Bauhaus through selected exhibits and a media timeline.

Bauhaus Dessau Exhibition
Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, ground floor, 2009 – 2019
Curators: Omar Akbar, Wolfgang Thöner, Lutz Schöbe, Kirsten Baumann
Exhibition architecture and graphics, media timeline: chezweitz & roseapple
Photos: Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau

Modell Bauhaus

The exhibition shows the development and influence of the legendary school on it’s 90th anniversary. With about 1.000 exhibits, it is the biggest show on the Bauhaus so far.

Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, 22.7.– 4.10.09
Direction: Omar Akbar, Annemarie Jaeggi, Philipp Oswalt, Hellmut Seemann
Curators: Ulrike Bestgen, Werner Möller, Lutz Schöbe, Michael Siebenbrodt, Wolfgang Thöner, Klaus Weber
Architecture and exhibition graphics, media architecture, printed matter, book design: chezweitz & roseapple
Photos: Volker Kreidler

Publication on the exhibition in Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin: The book re-examines and re-evalutes the art school´s history and influence.

Hatje Cantz, 2009, 376 pages, 302 illustrations, 236 in colour, hardcover with book jacket (English and German editions)
Editors: Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Graphic Concept, layout, typesetting: chezweitz & roseapple

Related Post: Navigating Bauhaus

Andy Warhol. Other Voices, Other Rooms

Entrance Stedelijk Museum

Hayward Gallery | Photo: Marcus Leith

Filmscape graphic panels

Hayward Gallery | Photo: Marcus Leith

Hayward Gallery | Photo: Marcus Leith

Hayward Gallery | Photo: Marcus Leith

Hayward Gallery | Photo: Marcus Leith

The huge exhibition presents around 800 of Warhol’s works in 33 different media formats and in three scenographic landscapes: Filmscape, TV-Scape and Cosmos. The exhibition design won the German Design Prize in Gold in 2011.

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 12.10.07–13.1.08
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 9.2.–4.5.08
Wexner Center, Columbus / Ohio, 13.9.08–4.1.09
Hayward Gallery, London, 7.10.08–18.1.09
Curator: Eva Meyer-Hermann
Exhibition architecture and graphics, media architecture, book design: chezweitz & roseapple

The publication accompanying the exhibition at all four museums translates the curatorial spaces in the rhythm of one page per minute into book space.

Andy Warhol. A Guide to 706 Items in 2 Hours and 56 Minutes
Editor: Eva Meyer-Hermann
NAi Publishers: 1st edition 2007, 2nd edition 2008, 254 pages, 264 coloured illustrations, cut flush binding with reflective foil in book jacket (English and Swedish editions)
Graphic Concept, layout and typesetting: chezweitz & roseapple

Max Ernst. Traum und Revolution

The big retrospective subtly places the artist in a contemporary context.

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 20.9.08–11.1.09
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, 7.2.-1.6.09
Curators: Iris Müller-Westermann, Kirsten Degel, Werner Spies
Exhibition architecture and graphics, book design: chezweitz & roseapple

Publication on the exhibition at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk: Coloured lights seems to shine from the book´s spine edge, which changes with the stations of the artist´s life and subtly accompanies the work of Max Ernst through the daringly surreal book architecture.

Hatje Cantz, 2008, 256 pages, 288 illustrations, hardcover with book jacket (English, German and Swedish editions)
Editors: Kirsten Degel, Iris Müller-Westermann, Werner Spies
Graphic concept, layout, typesetting: chezweitz & roseapple

Navigating Bauhaus

My favourite graphic designer in the Bauhaus is László Moholy-Nagy. Graphic design was just one of many areas he was working in, and his layouts often seem a trifle inelegant and akward. But when it comes to translating ideas into graphic compositions, he is the boldest and the most inventive and engaging. He is trying to tell you something and he wants you to UNDERSTAND that something. That is because he could be your great-great-grandfather. He was born in 1895.

People often write about how contemporary and relevant the Bauhaus still is and how it’s cultural legacy can be found everywhere around us, which is probably correct, at least in the case of Germany. But while working on the graphic interface of the 90th anniversary Bauhaus Exhibition, I was more interested in pin-pointing the difference between now and 90 years ago.

Light-Space-Modulator by László Moholy-Nagy in the Modell Bauhaus Exhibition

One important difference I found, lies in the changed relationship between designer, content and audience. Whereas László Moholy-Nagy is one with his content and comes up real close to deliver his message into your face, the contemporary designer keeps a distance. He doesn´t shout, he doesn´t arrange his words for maximum impact, but to strict grammatical rules. He wants you to understand the underlying sentence structure first, the words second. He designs systems in which content is arranged, and then lets you draw your own conclusions.

The contemporary designer not only keeps a distance to the content and the audience, but also to his own work and the idea of authorship. The thing that appeals to him in using systems is the element of chance. Graphic systems can be programmed to generate an aesthetic almost by themselves. They work like a bit like a Graphic-Meaning-Modulator, you feed some parameters into it and out comes a visual surprise. Here are our parameters for the 23 panels guiding the visitor from the inner Central Hall of the Martin-Gropius Bau into the outer exhibition ring.

  • Every panel depicts a key object shown in the exhibition room the panel is guiding to, as a technical drawing.


  • A chromatic circle runs over all 17 panels. The background colour of each panel is determined by its position in the great hall.


  • All key objects occupy roughly the same size on the panel. The pixel ratio of the background is determined by the original size of the key object.

And now press start and see what happens:


Navigation System for the exhibition:
Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, 22.7. – 4.10.09
exhibition design and graphics by chezweitz & roseapple.
Photos of the exhibition by Volker Kreidler

More about the exhibition here: Modell Bauhaus

Archilab Europe – Strategic Architecture

The exhibition interrogates the effects of EU strategies on architecture, urban development and the political map.

FRAC Centre & Collégiale Saint-Pierre-Le-Puellier, Orléans, 24.10.–23.12.08 
Project Direction: Marie-Ange Brayer / ArchiLab and Ville d’Orléans
Curator: Omar Akbar
Visual identity, exhibition architecture and graphics, signage, printed matter, book design: chezweitz & roseapple

Publication on the Exhibition at FRAC Centre and Collégiale Saint-Pierre-Le-Puellier, Orléans: On the changing shape of Europe and the biological metaphors of curating, the colourful language of this book makes tangible a Europe in transition.

HYX Publishers, 2008, 183 pages, 96 colour plates, softcover (English and French editions) 
Editor: Omar Akbar, Director of Bauhaus Dessau
Graphic Concept, layout, typesetting: chezweitz & roseapple

Allan Kaprow_Art as Life

An exhibition about the inventor of the happening, who understood the museum as a place of mediation, which should directly involve the visitor into action.

Haus der Kunst, Munich, 18.10.06-21.1.07
Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, 10.2.-22.4.07
Kunsthalle Bern, 2.6.-26.8.07
Villa Croce, Genoa, 30.11.07-10.2.08
Museum of Contemporary Art, L.A., 23.3.-30.6.08
Curators: Stephanie Rosenthal, Eva Meyer-Hermann
Exhibition architecture and graphics, media architecture, printed matter, website: chezweitz & roseapple

P.P.P. Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, 16.11.05–5.2.06
Curators: Bernhart Schwenk, Michael Semff
Video installation. Detlef Weitz, Dominique Müller
Visual identity, exhibition architecture and graphics, printed matter, book design: chezweitz & roseapple

Publication on the occasion of the exhibition »P.P.P. – Pier Paolo Pasolini und der Tod«, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich: The book presents the Italian intellctual as author, filmmaker and graphic artist. The gallery of fictive cover pictures with the P.P.P. label point to Pasolini´s ambivalent relationship with the public.

P.P.P. – Pier Paolo Pasolini and Death
Hatje Cantz, 2005, 208 pages, 215 illustrations, 46 in colour, hardcover with book jacket (German and English editions)
Editors: Bernhart Schwenk, Michael Semff
Graphic Concept, layout, typesetting: chezweitz & roseapple

P0es1s. Digital Poetry

Media art exhibition of the literaturWERKstatt (Berlin) and the Stiftung Brückner-Kühner (Kassel) showing a wide range of works, that deal with text in digital media.

p0es1s. Digital Poetry
Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, 13.2.–4.4.04
Curators: Friedrich W. Block, Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer
Visual identity, exhibition architecture and graphics, media architecture, printed matter, website, book design: chezweitz & roseapple

Publication on the occasion of the exhibition at Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz: Black one, white zero: The book is numbered binary, so that each exhibit on a double page has its own barcode. This code links the exhibit to space and book.

p0es1s. Ästhetik digitaler Poesie / Aesthetics of digital poetry
Hatje Cantz, 2004, 64 pages, 25 illustrations, softcover, bilingual edition (German and English editions)
Editors: Friedrich W. Block, Christiane Heibach, Karin Wenz
Graphic Concept, layout, typesetting, cover design textbook: chezweitz & roseapple

Bauhaus Style

The exhibition presents the varied attempts to canonize the historic Bauhaus in a seemingly endless spatial structure.

Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, 23.5.03-30.5.04
Curator: Regina Bittner
Visual identity, architecture and exhibition graphics, printed matter: chezweitz & roseapple