Einstein in Japan – A travelogue

Federal of Education and Research/German Embassy Tokyo
Tokyo International Forum, Mitsuo Aida Museum, Tokyo, Japan
November 2005 – February 2006
500 sqm

Design of the special exhibition (all HOAI phases, s.a.).
Exhibition design, graphics and light, design and media production, technical planning, concept development and production of an audio guide, editing and design of the printing materials for an accompanying publication, production management, cost controlling, expenditure reports

IGLHAUT + von GROTE Ausstellungsgestaltung und Design / Einstein in Japan – A travelogue
Project text:

Entitled Einstein in Japan – A Travelogue, the exhibition in Tokyo was the first to be concerned with an extremely important period in the life of Albert Einstein: his journey to Japan in 1922. The presentation concentrated on Einstein’s encounter with a country that he experienced intensely but was only able to visit for a few weeks, on one single occasion. Einstein’s diary entries provided a leading thread for the dramaturgy of the exhibition: first of all, Einstein’s life and work were represented using a calendar. In the main part of the exhibition, Einstein’s experiences in Japan and the public’s reaction to them were then depicted – in a walk-in, three-dimensional diary.
Ten thematic cabinets incorporated into the chronology of the diary showed the decisive events of the journey as dramatic visual-spatial productions – stages for Einstein, his theories and his contemporaries. The stages of the journey were linked by means of a fictive radio series – this radio drama helped visitors to navigate their way through the exhibition. All printed media and the catalogue appeared in Japanese.

Publication: Einstein in Japan. A Travelogue, Tokyo 2005, Stefan Iglhaut (ed.)