21 September 2013 - 16 February 2014
Born in São Paulo in 1928, Alexandre Wollner is one of the most important as well as one of the most successful graphic designers of the second half of the twentieth century worldwide.
He played a prominent role in the artistic, cultural and economic stablishment of modern Brazilian design and to this day exerts tremendous influence on the Brazilian design scene.
In South America Wollner enjoys great popularity; here in Germany his oeuvre awaits discovery in all its breadth. The Museum Angewandte Kunst was devoting a major retrospective – the first ever in Europe – to the Brazilian design pioneer Alexandre Wollner.
In the exhibition “alex wollner brasil: design visual”, some 120 works by the designer from the areas of painting, photography and design provided an overview of his work. Further focusses were the strong influence of the Hochschule für Gestaltung Ulm, which Wollner attended from 1954 to 1958, and the Brazilian Wollner’s relationship to European culture.
Prof. Dr. Klaus Klemp and Julia Koch in cooperation with Studio Wollner, São Paulo
Project management in Brazil:
Ruth Klotzel, Gunter Neuhaus
Fundação Nacional de Artes, Peter Schmidt Group GmbH, Samsung Electronics GmbH
The exhibition was within the framework of the culture programme on Brazil as guest of honour of the 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair.
The exhibition was partner of the Initiative Deutschland + Brasilien 2013-2014:
Klaus Klemp, Julia Koch, Matthias Wagner K (eds.): alex wollner brasil: design visual, with texts by Klaus Klemp, Malou von Muralt, René Spitz, André Stolarski and Alexandre Wollner. Concept and graphic design: Alexandre Wollner, German/English, 324 pages, Ernst Wasmuth Verlag 2013, ISBN 978-3-8030-3214-0, price 29 EUR