Group of visitors from the Council of Industrial Design, 31 August 1962
Group of visitors from the Council of Industrial Design, 31 August 1962
Photographer: Wolfgang Siol, © HfG-Archiv / Museum Ulm, inventory number: HfG-Archiv 62/0346

Hans Dieter Schaal – Ulm Minster meets Lake Constance: A different view 1973 to 2023

January 27 – April 28, 2024

Poster exhibition Hans Dieter Schaal
Hans Dieter Schaal, Ulmer Münster als Wohnhochhaus, Collage, 1978, Fotograf Oleg Kuchar; (c) HfG-Archiv, Museum Ulm
Vernissage
Friday, 26 January 2024, 7 pm
HfG Ulm, Am Hochsträß 8, 89081 Ulm

The speakers will be:
Dr Stefanie Dathe, Director Museum Ulm
Dr Martin Mäntele, HfG Archive
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Hans Dieter Schaal, born and raised in Ulm in 1943, is internationally recognised as an architect, exhibition and landscape designer, stage designer and author. Since the 1980s, he has lived near Biberach, from where he has developed and managed his countless projects. The Museum Ulm is honouring his 80th birthday in 2023 by paying tribute to Hans Dieter Schaal's extensive oeuvre of drawings.

Before he turned his attention mainly to stage design, exhibition and memorial site design in the early 1980s, Hans Dieter Schaal worked on utopian projects, which he captured in brilliant drawings and gouaches on paper. Ulm Minster served him as the focal point of a fantastic, phantasmagorical visual language that led him to turn the Gothic church building into a bird's nest, a bellows or even to dare to repurpose the Minster tower, the pride and joy of the former imperial city, as a residential tower. In a similar way, he took on the characteristic silhouette of Lake Constance, which suddenly appears as a bathtub, at other times sits like a figure on a bench or whose shoreline imitates the movement of a string of lights.

During the renovation, the Museum Ulm will move to the HfG archive to present Hans Dieter Schaal's surreally playful, humorous and mysterious depictions. They stand in deliberate contrast to the rational architecture of the HfG building. The selection of works covers the period between 1973 and 2023, around half a century of artistic worlds of thought.

Current and further event dates can also be found on the HfG Archive website


»The sustainable detached house?« – Design award of the Wüstenrot Foundation

February 23 – March 21, 2024

Exhibition poster Wüstenrot
picture: Wüstenrot Foundation
Vernissage
Thursday, 22 February 2024, 7 pm
»Kleiner Hörsaal« (3rd floor), Am Hochsträß 8, 89081 Ulm
 
with
Dipl.-Ing. Alexander Wetzig, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the HfG Ulm Foundation
Dr René Hartmann, Wüstenrot Foundation
 
Lecture by
Dipl.-Ing. Architect Nils Nolting, CITYFÖRSTER architecture + urbanism
Recycling house (Hanover) - real laboratory and demonstration project

We kindly ask you to confirm or cancel your participation by 18 February 2024 by e-mail to info at hfg-ulm.de

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The competition theme "The sustainable detached house?", which is deliberately formulated as a question, is linked to important architectural, planning and social issues of the future: How can single-family homes, both new and existing buildings, be (re)designed and adapted to the life cycle and changing requirements of residents? How can they do justice to demographic change, increasing environmental awareness and growing energy efficiency requirements? And how can space-sensitive design and development succeed?
 
The travelling exhibition shows the 15 award-winning projects from the 189 entries from Germany, Austria and Switzerland together with the shortlisted entries and other remarkable examples.

Further information on the competition


Plastic magic material

June 17, 2023 - January 7, 2024

Exhibition poster
Design: MüllerHocke GrafikDesign, Bad Saulgau
Vernissage
Friday, 16 June 2023, 7 pm
HfG Ulm/ Säge (2nd floor), Am Hochsträß 8, 89081 Ulm

Welcome:
Iris Mann, Mayor for Culture, Education and Social Affairs Ulm
Dr. Martin Mäntele, Head of the HfG Archive Ulm

Introduction:
Christiane Wachsmann, Exhibition Curator

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A plastics workshop was set up at the HfG Ulm back in 1959. During this time, the profession of product designer developed into its current form. At the same time, more and more plastics came onto the market. The new materials were suitable for modelling and also held promise for the design of future industrial products. But how should one deal with them and the numerous new design possibilities? What rules of form and colour should be observed?

Like no other material, modern plastics stand for the democratisation of the world of things. They are suitable as substitutes for traditional materials, are inexpensive raw materials for cheaply produced mass-produced articles, but also high-quality materials for industrial products with a long service life.

The exhibition raises the question of the opportunities and limits of creative freedom, as given to us by modern plastics, and addresses the responsibility of designers, scientists and consumers in the face of these seemingly unlimited possibilities.

Further information on the accompanying programme and guided tours can be obtained from the HfG Archive.

A publication with contributions by Jens Soetgen, Cornelia May, Eva von Senkendorff, Viktoria Lea Heinrich, Christiane Wachsmann, numerous illustrations will be published by avedition to accompany the exhibition.
Softcover with flaps, 128 pages, ed. HfG-Archiv/Museum Ulm, Christiane Wachsmann, 24 €, ISBN 978-3-89986-400-7



No Name Design

February 10 – May 21, 2023

Exhibition Poster
Exhibition Poster "No Name Design", Design: G+A, Foto: Hans Hansen
Vernissage
Friday, 10 February 2023, 7 pm
HfG Ulm/ Mensa, Am Hochsträß 8, 89081 Ulm

Introduction: Christiane Wachsmann, Deputy Director and Curator HfG Archive
Franco Clivio in conversation with Dr. Stefanie Dathe, Director Museum Ulm

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The renowned Swiss product designer and lecturer Franco Clivio has collected around 1000 mostly small objects from everyday use. Stefanie Dathe, Director Museum Ulm

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The renowned Swiss product designer and lecturer Franco Clivio has collected around 1000 mostly small objects from everyday use and is now presenting them in the exhibition "No Name Design" in the HfG Archive. What unites these objects is their ingenious design and functionality, which are based on a special idea and construction. Very few of them are known who invented or designed them. They are part of anonymous everyday design and are not part of the officially celebrated design culture.

Franco Clivio studied at the Ulm School of Design from 1963 to 1967. He began designing for the garden tool manufacturer Gardena while still a student. He later worked for the lighting manufacturer Erco and the Lamy company, among others. After various teaching assignments in Germany, the USA, Finland and Italy, he taught at the Zurich University of Art and Design and the Università IUAV di Venezia from 1980 to 2002. He has received the Swiss Federal Prize for Design and the Design Prize of the Federal Republic of Germany, among other awards.

With the kind support of the Swiss Arts Council ProHelvetia

For more information on the accompanying programme and guided tours, please contact the HfG Archive.


Otl Aicher 100 Jahre 100 Plakate

March 26, 2022 - January 8, 2023

Poster
Exhibition Poster "Otl Aicher 100 Jahre 100 Plakate", Gestaltung: MüllerHocke
Vernissage
Freitag, 25. März 2022, 19 Uhr
HfG Ulm/ Mensa, Am Hochsträß 8, 89081 Ulm

Dr. Stefanie Dathe, Begrüßung
Dr. Martin Mäntele, Einführung in die Ausstellung
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Plakate entstehen für die Straße und entfalten ihre Wirkung im  öfentlichen Raum. Mit der Bezeichnung "Galerie der Straße" verstand das 19. Jahrhundert das Plakat vor allem als ein künstlerisches Medium. Im 20. Jahrhundert wird es zum bevorzugten Instrument für Produktwerbung und politische Propaganda.

Auch Otl Aicher (13. Mai 1922 in Ulm bis 1.September 1991 in Günzburg) dienten Plakate zeitlebens als bevorzugtes Mittel zum Transport für Werbung und gesellschaftliche Stellungnahme. Zu seinem 100. Geburtstag präsentiert das HfG-Archiv eine Ausstellung, die in 100 Plakaten sein ganzes Schaffen überblickt.

Mit der Konzentration auf dieses eine visuelle Medium lassen sich viele der für Otl Aicher zeitlebens wichtigen Themen vor Augen führen. Er wird damit als formal überzeugender und politisch argumentierender Gestalter sichtbar und erlebbar.

Otl Aicher erhielt bereits 1955 den Preis für das Beste deutsche Plakat. In diesen Jahren machte er sich einen Namen mit den abstrahierenden Plakaten für die Volkshochschule Ulm (vh ulm), der sein internationales Ansehen als Grafikdesigner festigte. Das Medium Plakat durchzieht Otl Aichers gesamtes Werk wie ein roter Faden. Er wählte es für die verschiedensten Zwecke und Anlässe, Auftraggeber*innen und Kund*innen. Stets gelang ihm eine prägnante thematische und visuelle Umsetzung. Sportplakate für das Erscheinungsbild der Olympischen Spiele 1972 in München entstanden, Werbeposter für die Münchner Rück, für Firmen wie Bulthaup, Erco oder FSB und nicht zuletzt Plakate zu politischen Themen, etwa für den Europa-Wahlkampf der SPD 1979 oder gegen die Stationierung der Pershing-Raketen in den 1980er Jahren.

Das HfG-Archiv besitzt mit dem Nachlass von Otl Aicher das zentrale Dokument und die Archivalien seines umfangreichen Wirkens als Kommunikationsdesigner. Die Ausstellung präsentiert ausschließlich Plakate, um so einen tiefen Einblick in das Werk und die Themenwelt Otl Aichers zu erlauben.

Weitere Informationen zum Begleitprogramm, Führungen erhalten Sie beim HfG-Archiv.


The Ulm stool: idea – idol – icon

October 8, 2021 - February 27, 2022

Poster Ulmer Hocker
What do a Wanknutsaw, Plato's Allegory of the Cave, a broomstick and Max Bill have in common? Answer: They all played a significant role in the creation of one of the most famous design classics of the 20th century. Hardly any object is more inconspicuous than this one and yet none has attracted more attention. We are talking about the so-called "Ulm Stool".

With the exhibition "The Ulm Stool: Idea - Icon - Idol", the HfG Archive is placing one of the most famous designs created at the Ulm School of Design (HfG) at the centre of an analytical presentation for the first time. By taking a comprehensive look at the various conditions that made the Ulm stool possible, it is not only possible to understand a design classic, but also to present an original model of historiography that could set a precedent.


Further information on the accompanying programme and guided tours is available from the HfG Archive.

The publication accompanying the exhibition is available here.


Dialogue about the experience of architecture

September 10 – October 24, 2021

Poster
Design: Stiftung HfG Ulm
Photographs by Dr Ralph Fischer and Zoltán Tombor

The exhibition takes an unusual look at architecture. The fact that the title of the exhibition quotes the Hungarian-born Bauhaus artist László Moholy-Nagy gives the exhibition visitor a reference to the Bauhaus in Dessau. This actually appears several times in the photos, but in such a way that it is not immediately recognisable at first glance. However, none of the photos in this exhibition are about the easily recognisable large-scale form of the architecture. Rather, the focus is on the details. But even the detail is not the theme of the exhibition in the technical sense. We are meant to experience motifs. Whether we recognise the motifs is not so important. But we should perceive and experience the graphic or colourful effect.

The exhibition was curated by Martón Barki and Bernadette Dán.

An exhibition in cooperation with the Liszt Institute / Hungarian Cultural Centre Stuttgart


HfG Ulm: Exhibition fever

May 1 – September 19, 2021

Poster
With this exhibition project, the HfG Archive Ulm is dedicating itself for the first time to the exhibition activities of the Ulm School of Design (HfG), which contributed significantly to its worldwide perception.

In the 1950s and 60s, exhibitions enjoyed such popularity that experts spoke of an "exhibition fever". Design was the subject of numerous exhibitions and trade fairs, and the HfG was not excluded from these developments: During its 15-year existence, the university devised several exhibitions in response to the need to make its own point of view visible and to disseminate the teaching methods it had developed. In addition to these self-presentations, the university members designed systems for external clients such as Braun and BASF as well as a contribution for the German Pavilion at the 1967 World's Fair. Exhibitions always served the HfG as a field of experimentation for creative innovations. The dynamic atmosphere of those decades can be experienced by visitors to the exhibition "HfG Ulm: Exhibition Fever" through various media. It focuses on the relevance of the Ulm University of Applied Sciences and its worldwide reception as well as the search for an ideal exhibition design.

The exhibition is part of the four-year research project "Exhibiting Design. The Visibility of the HfG Ulm", which was carried out jointly by the Folkwang University of the Arts Essen, the HfG Archive Ulm and the Hochschule Pforzheim and funded by the VolkswagenStiftung.

Further information on the accompanying programme and guided tours can be obtained from the HfG Archive.


Hans Gugelot. The architecture of design

March 21, 2020 - February 28, 2021

Poster Hans Gugelot
Photo: Roman Raacke/ Design: Guus Gugelot
After the Second World War, the architect Hans Gugelot [hans gyʒəlo] was a pioneer of German industrial design. He was an important figure at the HfG and his name was synonymous with its successes in the field of product development. April 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of his birth.

In 1954, he came to Ulm to the newly founded Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) where, together with a team, he developed a new product design for the Braun company, which caused a considerable stir at the 1955 radio trade fair in Düsseldorf.

In Gugelot's view, being a designer did not mean creating superficial coolness - in his opinion, designers had a social and cultural responsibility above all.

The HfG Archive uses selected examples to show how Hans Gugelot translated this attitude into his designs and thus set standards for future generations.

For further information on the accompanying programme and guided tours, please contact the HfG Archive.


Reclaim Context. Bauhaus Studio 100

November 23, 2019 - March 1, 2020

Postert HfG-Archiv Reclaim Context
© Werkhaus C / Dipl. Des. Canan Yilmaz
Vernissage
Friday, 22 November 2019, 7 pm
HfG Ulm/ Mensa (1st floor), Am Hochsträß 8, 89081 Ulm

Welcome and introduction
Iris Mann, Mayor for Culture, Education and Social Affairs
Prof. em. Dr Karl Schawelka, Chair of History and Theory of Art
Prof. Wolfgang Sattler, Chair of Interaction Design
Dipl. Des. HP Grossmann, Project Management Bauhaus Studio 100
Dr Martin Mäntele, Head of the HfG Archive

The Bauhaus Studio 100 is an extraordinary series of exhibitions to mark the Bauhaus anniversary. Over 100 days, the exhibition brings together 100 protagonists – artists, designers, creators, architects, civil engineers, performance artists and musicians – who have responded to the call »Send Us Your Work and Come to the Bauhaus in Weimar« to take a look back at art and design, music and architecture at the Bauhaus.

The LAB_Studio100 was created in preparation for the project. In cooperation with the HfG Archive Ulm and the PRATT Institute Brooklyn / New York, an international and supra-regional connection to contemporary art and current developments in design was also established.

Over 50 designers will present their work in the »Studio HfG«, including both design objects and works of art as well as works that overcome the separation between art and design.


Bauhaus Ulm – von Peterhans bis Maldonado

June 28 – October 13, 2019

Poster HfG-Archiv Bauhaus-Ulm
www.studiosued.de for Museum Ulm
Vernissage
Thursday, 27 June 2019
HfG Ulm/ Mensa (1st floor), Am Hochsträß 8, 89081 Ulm
Welcome:  Iris Mann/ Mayor for Culture, Education and Social Affairs, Ulm
Introduction: Dr. Martin Mäntele/ Head of the HfG Archive Ulm


100 years after the founding of the Bauhaus, the HfG Archive looks back on the years between 1953 and 1958. During this time, the basic teaching at the Ulm School of Design (HfG) was characterised by pedagogical ideas that the Bauhaus had developed for its preliminary course.

Max Bill, co-founder and architect of the university building, together with Inge Aicher-Scholl and Otl Aicher, succeeded in recruiting former Bauhaus members Walter Peterhans, Josef Albers, Helene Nonné-Schmidt and Johannes Itten as lecturers for the HfG Ulm. It soon became apparent that the younger lecturers rejected a Bauhaus succession. This also applied to the basic teaching, for which Tomás Maldonado conceived a »Visual Methodology«.

The HfG archive's collection of basic teaching works is unique in the world. On the occasion of the Bauhaus anniversary, it is presenting a generous selection. It is supplemented by documents, photographs and models that illustrate the methods and objectives of this decisive year of training for many HfG students.

The exhibition is interested in the question of what idea of the Bauhaus was conveyed at the HfG Ulm and what the students learnt about it. Unlike today, the Bauhaus in Dessau in 1953, the year the HfG Ulm was founded, was not a gleaming restored monument or a tourist magnet, but almost a ruin.

The choice of name also points to the numerous references to the Bauhaus: »Hochschule für Gestaltung« was the nickname of the Staatliches Bauhaus Dessau, which had gained university status when it moved from Weimar to Dessau. Bill received permission from Walter Gropius to use this name for Ulm. But Bill thought further: as he knew of the endeavours of others to use the name Bauhaus, he suggested in a letter to Inge Aicher-Scholl that the name »Bauhaus« be chosen for Ulm. The HfG Archive exhibition owes its title "Bauhaus Ulm" to this.

For more information on the accompanying programme and guided tours, please contact the HfG Archive.


Not my thing –
Gender in design

February 15 – May 19, 2019

Not my thing – gender in design
www.studiosued.de for Museum Ulm
Vernissage
Thursday, 14 February 2019, 7 pm
HfG Ulm / Mensa (1st floor)
Am Hochsträß 8, 89081 Ulm

Welcome
Iris Mann / Mayor for Culture, Education and Social Affairs, Ulm
Dr. Martin Mäntele / Head of HfG Archive Ulm

Poetry Slam
Svenja Gräfen / Writer, Leipzig/Berlin

Introduction
Katharina Kurz / Curator Exhibition
Pia Jerger / Curator Education


A Bench for Silence in Public Space, a hijab for competitive sports, a bicycle saddle that relieves the prostate, a smoking puff and a smoking demon, blue favours the boy and pink loves the girl? What does gender have to do with design?

Gender design places the socio-culturally characterised gender at the centre of the discussion about professional design – in education and at work, as well as in our everyday lives. What does it mean to design in a gender-specific, gender-sensitive or even gender-blind way? One thing is certain: there is no such thing as neutral.

Thinking about gender in design provides answers to the still open question »How do we want to live?« in many different and critical ways. This question was already highly topical at the Bauhaus and at the former HfG Ulm. Good Form and the functionalism of post-war society were the answers of their time. But times are changing and with them role and job profiles, target groups, design principles and solutions.

Design »for everyone«: what does that mean today? Now more than ever, it is time for a comprehensive exhibition that links this question with the category of gender, which affects all people personally, and the things that surround them. Using critical, playful, innovative and provocative solutions from applied design research as well as historical and contemporary positions, the exhibition "Not My Thing - Gender in Design" invites visitors to engage with this issue in a lively way.

The HfG Archive Ulm announced a designer-in-residence programme with a focus on gender design for the first time in 2018. The Canadian architect Olivia Daigneault Deschênes (*1993) lived and worked on the HfG campus during her three-month scholarship.

Further collaborations took place with the Aicher-Scholl-Kolleg (vh ulm) and the Realschule Dornstadt. The results of these projects, together with the exhibits from the 1950s and 1960s and the contemporary positions from the world of design and everyday life juxtaposed with them, offer a varied tour for thinking about gender in design.

Further information on the accompanying programme, guided tours: www.hfg-archiv.ulm.de


HfG Ulm – The renovation.
A photographic documentation

November 11 – 22, 2018

HfG Ulm – The renovation. A photographic documentation
Design: Stiftung HfG Ulm
Vernissage
Sunday, 11 November 2018, 11 am
HfG Ulm / large lecture hall (1st floor)
Am Hochsträß 8, 89081 Ulm

Dipl.-Ing. Alexander Wetzig, Chairman of the Foundation Council of the HfG Ulm, will speak at the exhibition.

A photographic accompaniment as pure building documentation
 The project approach goes far beyond this - it is a creative observation of the refurbishment between 2010 and 2018; the photographs were taken with the help of stylistic devices of New Vision and New Objectivity. The colour scheme of the photographs is divided into three groups - exterior, interior and people in the architecture - in order to visualise the thematic coherence and create a link between the construction period and the present. In this way, it was not only possible to document the refurbishment photographically, but also to analyse the design concept of the building in terms of its effect over 60 years after its opening. The photographic methods originally used in the 1920s were chosen to emphasise the significance of the HfG as a logical development of the Bauhaus era.

The exhibition shows photos of various stages of the refurbishment in recent years and documents the current state of the building. The structural concept of the HfG Ulm envisages only a few materials. To illustrate this, the photos in the exhibition are organised according to the most important materials.

Dr. Ralph Fischer
The Stuttgart native holds a doctorate in materials science and technical optics and works in the field of alternative drives.
He also studied photography and gained experience through various
assistantships with photographers.

He has realised numerous photo projects for the Friends of the Weissenhof Estate and for the Bauhaus Dessau. He regularly gives lectures on the subject of Neues Bauen and Neues Sehen and is involved in publications and exhibitions.

The project was carried out in close cooperation with the HfG Ulm Foundation.


Opening times of the exhibition
11 November to 22 November 2018
(except 17 November 2018)

Monday to Friday 8am-5pm and Saturday/Sunday 11am-5pm


we are demonstrating!
left-aligned to the end.

July 14 – November 4, 2018

we are demonstrating! left-aligned to the end.
Design: www.studiosued.de for Museum Ulm
In 1968, the year of the student revolt, the Ulm School of Design (HfG) was closed. An ambitious educational project of the young Federal Republic of Germany thus came to an end.

In the 1950s and 1960s, the city of Ulm had developed into a focal point of political and cultural life in the young Federal Republic - not least because of its modern design college and the impetus that emanated from there.

The HfG members had tried to mould modernism into a solid – a well-designed – form. They wanted to create a new world with social justice and good living conditions in a well-designed environment for everyone.

In 1968, the young Federal Republic of Germany was not only shaken by student unrest. For the first time since the beginning of the economic miracle, economic development also stagnated. At the same time, a discussion began about the role of industrial design in the modern affluent society.

Opening times of the exhibition

Tuesday to Sunday, public holidays 11-17 h
Thursday 11-20 h   

Guided tours
Sunday, 15. July 2018, 11.15 am
Thursday, 6 September 2018, 6.30 pm
Sunday, 7 October 2018, 3 pm
Sunday, 4 November 2018, 3 pm

Download the accompanying programme here www.hfg-archiv.ulm.de


Begleitprogramm pdf
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Ulm School of Design –
From the zero hour to 1968

from September 14, 2017

Ulm School of Design – From the zero hour to 1968
Photo: Laboratoire IRB
Permanent exhibition in the HfG Archive Ulm

Under the title »Hochschule für Gestaltung Ulm: Von der Stunde Null bis 1968«, the HfG Archive, a department of the Ulm Museum, is showing a permanent exhibition on the history of the legendary training centre. During its existence between 1953 and 1968, the HfG Ulm developed into one of the most influential universities for designers worldwide. Iconic designs such as the »Ulm Stool«, the »TC 100« stacking crockery and the »SK 4« radio-phono combination from Braun, which became famous as »Snow White's Coffin«, were created in Ulm. The »ulmer model« developed at the HfG, a design concept based on science and technology, continues to set standards today.

The presentation covers around 275 square metres and features more than 200 exhibits and numerous photographs from the extensive holdings of the HfG Archive in Ulm. The history of the HfG can only be experienced in Ulm in this dense selection and in the particularly appealing context of the historic university building.

Ruedi Baur and his team from Laboratoire Irb Paris are responsible for the exhibition design. Their design concept is based on the idea of bringing the archive to life.

The exhibition is divided into three main thematic areas. The zero hour and the years before the HfG was founded are highlighted. Two large shelf structures form the centrepiece of the spatial presentation: one shelf presents the history of the HfG in chronological order, together with the designs, models and projects created during these years. The second shelf presents selected terms and topics from A to Z, which help to illuminate very different aspects of HfG Ulm. Visitors are also introduced to the founders of the HfG, Inge Aicher-Scholl, Otl Aicher and Max Bill. Two large tables are intended for changing presentations. At the opening, they will be transformed into a large newspaper and present press coverage of the HfG Ulm using striking examples.

The exhibition was supported by the Federal Government's Department of Culture and Media, the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg and the City of Ulm.

Opening times of the exhibition
Tuesday to Sunday, public holidays 11am-5pm
Thursday 11am-8pm

Further information www.hfg-archiv.ulm.de