Exhibition: Transformers

Jun 13, 2017

Even 100 years ago, typographers, scientists and graphic artists worked on a picture-based “language” that used the universal understanding through images. “Words separate, images unite“ was the motto for a new visual language created by Otto Neurath, who – like Fritz Kahn – stands out as one of the pioneers of popular infographics. Under the title “Transformers. Infographics 1920 to 1945: Kahn – Neurath “, this exhibition of the German Book and Script Museum of the German National Library is dedicated to the visual masterminds Fritz Kahn and Otto Neurath. It deals with the rediscovery and profiling of the image as an information and communication source at the beginning of the 20th century. The exhibition is based on the publications preserved in the German National Library, but also shows objects from US, British, Dutch, Austrian and Swiss archives, as well as unique pieces from the collection of the Debschitz siblings. The exhibition will be opened in Leipzig on September 7, 2017, and will last until January 7, 2018.