2010. The concept for the outstanding exhibition, developed by Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt’s director Dr Ralf Beil, was to bring together all the arts of Expressionism—art, film, literature, theater, dance, and architecture—and show their interplay and development as an experience of “Gesamtkunstwerk”. The idea for the accompanying book was to cover all of the opulent exhibits and the spirit, and to offer an experience of its own, as well as a compendium for times when the exhibition’s curtains had fallen. All of a sudden we were dancing on the Volcano with Anita Berber.

Caligari Pro, FF Bau,
Monotype Old Style

310 mm × 250 mm

512 pages

Hardcover with dust jacket

2 editions, German and English

Published by Hatje Cantz


Film stills, set designs, stage photographs, architectural models, poster art, dance masks, paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures as well as original texts had to be set to scene successfully. For the cover’s title and the headlines of the individual chapters we designed a special font inspired by the intertitles that Hermann Warm, Walter Reimann and Walter Röhrig drew for the film “The Cabinet of Dr Caligari”. During the design’s process, the letters of Caligari found their way into every communication material made by Mathildenhöhe’s design team for the exhibition. When we finally entered Darmstadt for the exhibition’s opening there were posters everywhere calling “You must become Caligari!” in our very own type.

“The exhibition catalog, a voluminous art book, is a true gift, a remarkable volume.”
Melanie von Bismarck,
www.ndr.de (North German television),
February 27, 2011

“Exhibition and book try to make the Expressionistic total work of art experienceable as synaesthetic reality. In both cases the result has been more than achieved: the show in Darmstadt and the almost extravagantly bibliophile book have become synaesthetic total works of art themselves.”
Pierre Lubinsky,
December 9, 2010

“The book accompanying the exhibition is something like a total work of art itself: The type area is similar to that of Expressionistic magazines, the abundance of pictures gives an idea of the expressive forms and the driving forces of the Expressionistic artists ... A book, in which—in light of its volume and the issues raised—you can still read with profit when the exhibition has been disassembled long ago.”
Fränkische Nachrichten,
January 7, 2011