Design Museum Holon to host first retrospective of Sagmeister and Walsh's "humour and imagination"

8 May 2018
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Since joining forces in 2012, Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh have created a host of recognisable and playful works of visual communication. In what will be the first retrospective of the pair’s work, the Design Museum Holon will be exhibiting Sagmeister and Walsh: A Retrospective, opening 6 June until 27 October 2018.

The exhibition, which spans all of the museum’s spaces, will take visitors through an exploration of visual communication, aiming to broaden their understanding of this facet of design while also conveying the daring creativity and playfulness of the creative agency. Sagmeister and Walsh: A Retrospective will display the duo’s variety of projects as well as their self-initiated work, from branding, posters and web design to interactive installations, video projections and sketches. These works will examine the studio’s dominant topics, which include happiness, beauty and emotion.

“One of the core goals of Design Museum Holon is to introduce our audiences, design professionals and the general public, to the many faces of design, visual communication design being one of them,” remarks the museum’s chief curator, Maya Dvash. “Sagmeister and Walsh’s humour, curiosity and imaginative character provided us with the perfect opportunity to shed light on visual communication design and its multi-faceted nature.”

Starting at the Design Museum Holon’s Lower Gallery, visitors will be taken through an engaging behind the scenes of Sagmeister & Walsh’s work; work which is then presented in the Upper Gallery. The Upper Gallery will investigate the themes of the exhibition through six categories: Representation of Feelings, Creating World, Letter as an Image, Destruction & Assembly, References & Quotations, and Representation of Human Body.

Stefan and Jessica describe how, “it is an absolute pleasure to see our work being featured in a building designed by our friend Ron Arad, and we hope that our content will do justice to his container,” continuing to say that, “We are very happy to be able to show a more wide-ranging overview of our work within the backdrop of Design Museum Holon’s wonderful and inspiring space. The exhibition will go beyond the final visual product of our work, so people can see, touch, and feel many of our physical works and get a peek into the behind the scenes.”

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