Revolutionary Romances

Revolutionary Romances

The research and exhibition project Revolutionary Romances, the prelude to the Kontrapunkte project, examines the cultural relations between the GDR and the countries of the Global South in Asia, Africa and Latin America using the collection of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. We designed the identity as well as the exhibition graphics and the publication for the project.


Following the prologue exhibition in 2022, we also designed the exhibition communication as well as exhibition graphics and a publication published by Spector Books for the final exhibition: the key visual combines two motifs by José Toirac and Raúl Martínez. The combination creates a broad spectrum of interpretation. In this way, the polyphony of the stories is expressed.

In addition to the key visual in various applications, we also designed different formats for communicating the exhibition, such as a coloring book for children.

Exhibition graphics

Based on the collection of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, the exhibition explores the artistic practice, themes and motifs of these cultural relationships. On display are works from the 1950s to the 1990s, including works by artists from the GDR, Cuba, Chile, Vietnam, India, Iraq, Libya, Mozambique and Burma (Myanmar).

The combination of two perspectives runs through the entire exhibition graphics: The rotation of the lettering creates a connection to the theme and yet functions as a guiding element.

With Marion Kliesch

Images: © Albertinum/Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Elke Estel/Hans-Peter Klut


The publication is designed as a handy softcover - it shows the research character of the project. In addition to texts by the curators and essays by various researchers on topics such as freedom of travel for artists in the GDR, works from the exhibition are also shown.

Published by Spector Books