60 Years. 60 Works of Art.

Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
2009 with ART+COM Studios

Initiated by the Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur Bonn (Foundation for Art and Culture Bonn), an exhibition was held in the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin on the 60th Anniversary of the Federal Republic of Germany. Key works of German art in the fields of painting, graphics, sculpture, photography and installation were presented from 1st May to 14th June 2009: One outstanding work referring to each year since 1949, by artists like Beuys, Immendorff, Baselitz or Rauch among others. ART+COM was in charge of the exhibition and media design.

The aim was to place the art in the context of the politics and art history of the time of their creation and thus understand the history of Germany through the mirror of art. For this purpose, ART+COM designed two media spaces with interactive tables, "time images" and film walls which bring back 30 years of history.

Each of the six touch-sensitive media tables documents a decade of art history. By touching the surface of the table, multiple visitors can simultaneously call up more information about the exhibited works, art movements and influential events in the art scene.

The “time images” encourage the viewer to recall pictures from their own memories: Black and white images bearing only a caption allude to well-known historical snapshots like Willy Brandt’s kneeling down. On the opposite walls, monitors show one to two-minute short films summarizing the most important events in politics, business, sports and culture of each year and complete the walk-in panorama.

Title 60 Years. 60 Works of Art.
Client Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur Bonn, via ART+COM Studios
Location Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
Images ART+COM Studios

further reading
Project at ART+COM
Scope of Work
installation on site
setting up the multitouch tables, projectors and LCD screens
The prototype was used to ensure the touch functionality especially having fluorescent lamps next to the surface
detailed design
technical concept and scheme design
aiming for minimal visual impact on the ceiling and avoiding shadows beeing cast onto projection surfaces by visitors