Michaela Melián: Memory

The ephemeral nature of modernity

Jointly coordinated by the Ulmer Museum and the Lentos Museum in Linz, this exhibition examined the history of the legendary College of Design in Ulm (1953 - 1968). Before it closed at the end of the 1960s, the college was widely regarded as one of the pioneering institutions in the fields of design, architecture, film, photography and electronic music. As it was operated under the aegis of the Geschwister-Scholl-Stiftung, many hoped the college would inspire a new democratic and aesthetic beginning in post-war Germany. The college in Ulm also boasted one of the first electronic studios in Germany which is now displayed at the Deutsches Museum in Munich. The artist Michaela Melián had designed a room installation that highlighted the history of the college - a room of memories created from drawings, photos, projections and sounds. She describes her artistic process as a "policy of memory". Early digital culture and the relationship of design and modernity were the central themes of this project.

Curator: Brigitte Reinhardt
Artist: Michaela Melián

Venues and schedule:
Exhibition, accompanying programme: Ulmer Museum, Ulm: 19 April - 22 June 2008
Exhibition: Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz (AT): March - June 2009