Ingo Maurer exhibition in the Pinakothek der Moderne: Under the title “Ingo Maurer intim. Design or what?” the Neue Sammlung, Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich is dedicating a large-scale contemporary exhibition to one of the most influential lighting designers of our time. Ingo Maurer passed away on 21 October 2019 in Munich and worked on the conception of this solo exhibition until the end.

With approximately 80 objects, the exhibition offers a cross-section of all of Ingo Maurer’s creative phases from the 1960s to the present. Some objects have been specially made for the exhibition.

Ingo Maurer exhibition: Objects between design, art and architecture

The Ingo Maurer exhibition comprises several thematic focal points that Ingo Maurer (1932-2019) repeatedly dealt with in the course of his work: “Playing with light and shadow”, “Moths dancing around light”, “Trompe-l’œil” as well as “Characters and Types” lead through the exhibition as superordinate concepts. From his first work “Bulb” (1966) to the largest iconic works and current large-scale projects: A series of objects, pictures, prototypes and sketches tell the development history of his life’s work.

In the paternoster hall, the two paternoster lifts attract attention. One of them shows models, photographs and renderings of large-scale projects in public and private spaces. The other demonstrates some luminaire designs with the new OLED technology.

A highlight of the exhibition is the Golden Ribbon which floats above the visitors. It was specially designed for the high exhibition space. Two special versions of the Eclipse ellipse adorn the large wall surface of the 10-meter-high room.

Ingo Maurer: First technical revolutionary of lighting design

Ingo Maurer is regarded as one of the most important pioneers in the application of the latest technological developments in lighting design. His creative experiments with light bulbs since the 1960s are now considered legendary. With his design of the Flying Future (2006), Ingo Maurer was the first designer to integrate the new OLED technology into his works. Therefore, technology was always the tool for the realization of his designs.

First the idea of an object arises in my head – like a dream; only in the next step do I search for ways to realize it together with my team. Sometimes it takes decades until the technical developments make our imagination possible” – Ingo Maurer (1932- 2019).

Thanks to Ingo Maurer GmbH’s own production, even the smallest series could be produced. As a result, visions of Ingo Maurer could always be realized.

Ingo Maurer worldwide

Ingo Maurer’s work has been honored in exhibitions around the world, including the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York. His work is also represented in the most important collections, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum. “Ingo Maurer intimate. Design or what?” is the first solo museum exhibition in Maurer’s Munich home since the exhibition at Villa Stuck in 1992.

Ingo Maurer intim. Design or what?

Die neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Pinakothek der Moderne, München

15.10.2019 – 18.10.2020

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Company website of Ingo Maurer GmbH.

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Illustrations: Ingo Maurer exhibition in the Pinakothek der Moderne. Photo © Shinji Minegishi