– 22 October 2017
Nicolaus Ott and Bernard Stein have been two of the most influential designers of the (West) German cultural landscape since the late 1970s. Wasserschloß Klaffenbach is showing the production processes used in their works, until 22 October.
Amongst other things, this Berlin studio has designed numerous posters for major German cultural sites. The exhibition entitled “Und” provides an insight into the origins of these works in the area of tension between handcrafted beauty and the quest for graphical innovation. The dialogue and the different aspirations of the two designers played a crucial role in this field. The process of developing a work further resulted from the dialogue visualised through sketches and was based on the mutual trust in the skills of the other artist. Whereas Stein sought new ways of graphic communication, Ott looked for a balanced aesthetic for his results. The pair met whilst studying on a life drawing course and did not only share their work in a studio but also a professorship at Kunsthochschule Kassel.
Some of the results of their lessons during their teaching phase are also displayed in the exhibition.