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MoMA: Kirchner and the Berlin Street


Conference: 
MW2009
Institution: 
Museum of Modern Art
Designer: 
Behavior (in house)
Why: 

Behavior designed the web site and kiosk virtual browsing interface for the MoMA exhibition for German Expressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Renowned for his Street Scenes series, created between 1913 and 1915, and considered by many to be the highpoint of Kirchner's career as a whole, this series of seven paintings is showcased with sixty related prints and drawings.

The web site features selections from 3 sketchbooks. The exhibition is organized around city scenes, the nude outside, the nude in the studio, and the cabaret.

The remaining design inspiration for the Kirchner site came from notions of passing time, elongated figures, and glimpses into the world’s of others.
“Setting the Stage” provides both a biographical and contextual view into the life and work of Kirchner, as he progressed toward his “Street Scenes” masterpieces. The vertical slats allow the user to explore the subject matter, and highlight points of interest upon rollover, across the spectrum. The interactivity allows vibrant colors to stand above the remaining content, cast as duo and mono-tone treatments, elements that recede into the background.

In “Street Scenes,” the major works are presented along with supporting and relevant works of similarity. The user can compare and contrast these works, and draw comparisons about inspiration and exploration.

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Year: 
2009