Totalitarian. Leipzig 1933 – 1945 Urban Planning and Architecture under National Socialism
Context The exhibition at the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig provides an initial overview of the planning and con- struction history of the city in this era, organising the key construction projects into three chronological sections: Stabilisation of authority 1933–36, Demonstration of power 1936–40 and Wartime reality 1940–45.
Spatial concept The idea for staging the exhibition is based upon high- lighting the central role of propaganda and mass rallies as a means of exercising the authority of National Social- ism via drills, training and forming of the individual. Uniform wall elements are arranged diagonally in the space in strict patterns. They are reminiscent of a marching column, in which all individual interests are dissolved. Narrow, red flags extend each individual wall, reinforcing homogeneity and the monumental impression of the space. Orienta- tion is aided by black walls and floor lettering, together with a red line. The flags are coloured in an increasing gradient of black to red. Whilst they maintain their rigid order – representing totalitarian ideologies – in the three chapters, in the final chapter the formation of the information bearers is disrup- ted: walls stand crooked or lie on the floor.
Design concept The exhibition concept is transferred to all communication and advertising material: the formation is visualised through the serial arrangement of an image motif in combination with a red surface.
Client Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig
Exhibition data 10/09–09/11/2008 Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig, New Annex
Planning period 2008
Exhibition area 450m²
Scope of services
Conception, design, production support