WAR! Jews between the fronts 1914–1918

Jewish Museum Munich
July 2014 – February 2015
600 sqm

Design and production of the special exhibition (all HOAI phases, s.a.).
Exhibition design, graphics and light, design and media production, technical planning, catalogue and print materials, production management, cost controlling, expenditure reports

IGLHAUT + von GROTE Ausstellungsgestaltung und Design / WAR! Jews between the fronts 1914–1918
Project text:

The exhibition “War! Jews between the Fronts 1914-1918”, which addresses the Jewish experience of the First World War, highlights this period as a turning point in the 20th century, from both a cultural and historical perspective. This historic event is explained in a temporary exhibition conceived by IGLHAUT + von GROTE as a personal, autobiographical view of Jewish soldiers in the Bavarian army.

The exhibits are drawn from personal bequests, making it all the more important that the exhibition responds to specific content, deriving its presentation approach from the objects themselves. The exhibits are the focal point here: they help explain the transformation from jingoism to ostracism.

Each thematic area is supported by a spatial interpretation. The demanding dramatic setting of this exhibition shifts constantly between presentations which introduce a given topic, and those which dive deeper. In the opening setting the visitor is directly confronted with portraits of the young soldiers: the photos are life-sized and the subjects fix their gaze on new arrivals. Here the individuals whose personal effects are shown in the exhibition are introduced.

The materials, colours and typography make reference to the austerity of wartime: shades of green and grey, felt and coarse materials dominate the exhibition and the catalogue. By contrast, historical documents are presented in multimedia audio and film stations. There is also extensive focus on transcripts of hand-written documents.