German Exile Archive 1933-1945

German National Library
Frankfurt am Main
800 sqm

Exhibition design, graphics and light, design and media production, technical planning, production management, cost controlling, expenditure reports

IGLHAUT + von GROTE Ausstellungsgestaltung und Design / German Exile Archive 1933-1945
View into the exhibition space
Project text:

With this new permanent exhibition, IGLHAUT + von GROTE is expanding its collaboration with the German Exile Archive 1933-1945 of the German National Library which began with the virtual exhibition “Arts in Exile”. Exile and immigration in the period 1933-1945 are topics of particular significance for present-day German society, ones which have helped shaped the country’s national identity.

The German Exile Archive 1933-1945, administered by the German National Library, is one of the most important places for communicating the experience of exile between 1933 and 1945. Its collection of exile publications and personal effects make it a repository for eyewitness accounts of German-speaking emigration.

The exhibition space in the German National Library’s Frankfurt premises will spread over two levels, broken down into the main thematic areas of escape, emigration, the experience of exile and “post-exile”. This narrative will be interweaved with biographies threading through the levels, with personal accounts integrated into the whole. The exhibition will comprise original exhibits from the collection of the German Exile Archive, complemented by multimedia components. The project will also highlight the Exile Archive as a gathering place and a portal for public access, and its significance for the culture of remembrance.