Re-reading the manual of travelling exhibitions, unesco

‘The Manual of Traveling Exhibitions’ published by UNESCO in 1953 is a handbook on organizing touring exhibitions. Aimed at museums and other public institutions, it formulates a “grammar” of how to exhibit, ranging from organizational questions to reflections on exhibition design. From today’s perspective the manual reads like the manifesto of a modernity whose continuity was still unbroken in the immediate post-war period. This extensively annotated reprint of the Manual of Travelling Exhibitions is intended, on the one hand, to contextualize and critically examine the historical source and, on the other, to show different ways of updating it. The contents of the manual share the same importance as the inherent gaps it contains, the book’s design, and the photographic logic of the images.

The book project was developed within the Department of Exhibition Design and Scenography at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design under the direction of Andreas Müller and Aaron Werbick

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