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The revolutionary principle:

two anniversary exhibitions and the Schopenhauer Studio

2020 | EXHIBITION | SCHOPENHAUER-GESELLSCHAFT | UNIVERSITÄTSBIBLIOTHEK J.C. SENCKENBERG | FRANKFURT AM MAIN

200 years after the publication of Arthur Schopenhauer’s “The World as Will and Imagination”, two anniversary exhibitions focus on the philosopher.

The festive occasion is accompanied by the installation “Jenseits der Vorstellung” (Beyond the Imagination) and the opening exhibition “Selbstdenken” (Self Thinking) in the Schopenhauer Studio, which has been redesigned as an exhibition and communication space. 

The challenge

Staging complex philosophical and archival contexts in an understandable and informative way.

Our approach

A narrative triad that not only provides deep insights into thinking and archive work, but is also
equipped for future exhibitions and application scenarios.


Skills

Planning, design, architecture, implementation

Credits

JENSEITS DER VORSTELLUNG (BEYOND THE IMAGINATION)

Client: Schopenhauer-Gesellschaft e.V., Mainz

Design: Atelier Markgraph, Frankfurt am Main

Documentation photos: Kristof Lemp, Darmstadt

SELBST DENKEN (SELF THINKING) + SCHOPENHAUER STUDIO

Client: Johann Christian Senckenberg University Library in cooperation with the Schopenhauer-Gesellschaft e.V., Frankfurt am Main

Design: Atelier Markgraph, Frankfurt am Main

Documentation photos: Kristof Lemp, Darmstadt

UNDER THE TITLE “JENSEITS DER VORSTELLUNG” A ROOM-SIZED MOBILE EMPHASISES THE FIELD OF TENSION BETWEEN SCIENCE AND RELIGION.

In the course of his life, Schopenhauer developed different and sometimes contradictory views on this subject. The multi-coloured elements, which are provided with keywords from the context of meaning, are accordingly reminiscent of a smashed church window. The constantly changing, multi-perspective mobile constellations express Schopenhauer’s dynamic world of thought and reveal the play of terms in space. Didactically, the mobile is accompanied by large-format posters that allow a closer look into the philosopher’s thoughts.

AS A FORUM, KNOWLEDGE WORKSHOP AND WINDOW ON ARCHIVE AND LIBRARY WORK, THE SCHOPENHAUER-STUDIO MAKES THE DYNAMIC PROCESS OF COLLECTIVE MEMORY SPATIALLY EXPERIENCEABLE.

A diagonal axis stands symbolically for the processual penetration of thinking. A flexible modular system of showcases, tables and workstations transform the exhibition area into a knowledge workshop. The spatial concept is based on the principles of functionalism. From its clarity and flexibility a formable thematic architecture emerges, which simultaneously enables permanent and temporary exhibitions and a transformation into an event space for conferences and lectures.

THE BASIC IDEA OF THE “SELBST DENKEN” EXHIBITION IS THE APPROACH WITH THE COMPLEX THOUGHT PROCESS OF ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER.

At the entrance, visitors are confronted with current questions of time - which, as it turns out in the course of the exhibition tour, merge seamlessly into Schopenhauer's philosophy. The narration extends along a main axis, which initially leads from general questions into epistemology and into “The World as Will and Imagination”, but then splits up into natural philosophy, ethics and aesthetics. The writing workshop brings original manuscripts, autographs and Schopenhauer’s working methods to life.

Credits

JENSEITS DER VORSTELLUNG (BEYOND THE IMAGINATION)

Client: Schopenhauer-Gesellschaft e.V., Mainz

Design: Atelier Markgraph, Frankfurt am Main

Documentation photos: Kristof Lemp, Darmstadt

SELBST DENKEN (SELF THINKING) + SCHOPENHAUER STUDIO

Client: Johann Christian Senckenberg University Library in cooperation with the Schopenhauer-Gesellschaft e.V., Frankfurt am Main

Design: Atelier Markgraph, Frankfurt am Main

Documentation photos: Kristof Lemp, Darmstadt

Awards

References

Im Zentrum steht das Hauptwerk selbst. Es enthält laut Schopenhauer einen einzigen Gedanken, der aber nicht anders als in vier umfangreichen Büchern mitgeteilt werden kann.

200 Jahre „Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung“ – Schopenhauer-Ausstellung in der Universitätsbibliothek

Vor 200 Jahren erschien das Hauptwerk des Frankfurter Philosophen Arthur Schopenhauer »Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung«. Aus diesem Anlass präsentiert die Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg in Zusammenarbeit mit der Schopenhauer-Gesellschaft e. V. die erste Ausstellung in ihrem neuen Schopenhauer-Studio.

Schopenhauer Studio