The sea is revolutionising the country

German Navy Museum Wilhelmshaven
May to November 2018
120 sqm

Concept, design and production management of the special exhibition (all HOAI phases): Exhibition design, graphics and lighting, design and production of exhibition media, media hardware planning, editing and design of the catalogue and printed matter, cost controlling, expenditure reports

IGLHAUT + von GROTE Ausstellungsgestaltung und Design / The sea is revolutionising the country
Spatial impression with three-dimensional room graphic
Project text:

Wilhelmshaven was the largest naval base in Germany during the First World War. The famous High Seas Fleet was stationed here. But it did not play a major role in the war. Inactivity, poor care, and the officers’ arrogant attitude stirred up unrest among the sailors. In October 1918, the war seemed lost. When the Naval War Command ordered a naval attack, the crews saw it as a suicide mission and a betrayal. On 29th October they refused to obey orders. The expedition was cancelled and the fleet chief dissolved the rebellious units. A squadron was moved to Kiel, where 47 mutineers were imprisoned. The mutiny in Kiel turned into a revolution, with the workers in solidarity with the sailors. Together, they brought the government and military authorities under their control, and then elected a workers and a soldiers’ council. They demanded that the emperor abdicate. The revolution grew, reaching Wilhelmshaven on 6 November and Berlin on 9 November. The Republic was proclaimed,  the emperor went into exile. While the beginnings of the revolution were relatively peaceful, conditions approaching civil war shook the empire over the course of the following months. Also in Wilhelmshaven, the situation did not calm down until February 1919.

For the events of 1918/1919, IGLHAUT + von GROTE realised a special exhibition in the German naval museum Wilhelmshaven and a permanent information route in the city of Wilhelmshaven. The special exhibition brought together the graphics displayed in the space and the exhibition architecture as a single visual unit. All media productions (e.g. interviews and kick-off film) and print products such as catalogue, poster and flyer were also designed and implemented by IGLHAUT + von GROTE.