Stankowski Foundation. Photographs from the Archive
Anton Stankowski’s (1906–1998) designs not only shaped the appearance of the Federal Republic of Germany after the Second World War but also had a decisive influence on modern graphic design itself. His most famous logo, which he developed for Deutsche Bank in 1974, was voted second best company signet of all times by a British trade magazine, leaving behind it the logos of companies like Nike and Apple.
Stankowski’s creative work is determined by the combination of liberal and applied art. After all, the artist has his roots in the concrete and constructive art of the 1930s. Accordingly, the not for profit Stankowski Foundation, founded in 1983, sees its task in promoting the unity of art and design. Since Stankowski’s death the foundation also takes care of his large estate.
The exhibition presented chosen photographs from the archive, among them pictures which have never been published before. Moreover, to illustrate the artist’s comprehensive approach it showed pieces of commercial art and—for the first time ever—some panels from the photo register with which Stankowski arranged the motifs of his 40,000 negatives.
Curator Sven Beckstette
In cooperation with Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen
Sponsored by Südwestbank AG
Further station Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen (October 5, 2012 – January 27, 2013)