Prof. Dr. Klaus Klemp

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klemp@hfg-offenbach.de

T +49 (0)69.800 59-169

T +49 (0)69.800 59-150

Main building, room 211a

Consultation

by appointment

Discipline

History of Design

Design Theory

Subject/Area

Theory/Science

Faculty

Design

Institute

Institute for Design Exchange (IDEe)

Vita

Klaus Klemp (born in Dortmund in 1954), studied Design/Visual Communications at the universities of applied sciences in Dortmund and Münster and received a degree in Design. He then studied History of Art, History and History of Law at Philipps-Universität Marburg, receiving his doctorate after studying under Prof. Heinrich Klotz and producing a thesis on the architecture of the early modern era. From 1988 to 2006 he was in charge of the City of Frankfurt am Main’s culture department (Amt für Wissenschaft und Kunst). He also headed up the municipal galleries at Karmeliterkloster (1988 to 1998) and Leinwandhaus (1988 to 2006); from 2006 to 2012 he was head of exhibitions and from 2013 to 2014 deputy director and design expert curator at Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt’s museum of applied art; since 1998 he has been a lecturer in Design History, Design Theory and Public Design at Akademie der Bildenden Künste (AdBK, the Academy of Fine Art) in Nuremberg, at Hochschule RheinMain (HS-RM, the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences) in Wiesbaden and Würzburg’s University of Applied Sciences; since 2008, Adjunct Professor at HS-RM in Wiesbaden; from 1995 to 2005 a member of the Executive Board at the German Design Council, since 2010 a member of the Board of Management at the “Dieter and Ingeborg Rams Foundation”, a member of DDC (Deutscher Designer Club) and a member of the Advisory Board at GfDg (German Design History Society). Since the winter semester of 2014 he has been Professor of Design Theory and History of Design at HfG Offenbach whilst remaining Head of Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt.

Publications

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Pure design 2011

Pure Design. Deutschland und benachbarte Länder in der ersten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts

Amsterdam, Berlin, Stuttgart, 2011

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Stahlrohrmöbel / Tubular Steel Furniture

Frankenberg (Thonet GmbH), 1999

Projects

Thinking Tools. Design als Prozess: Wie Schreibgeräte entstehen

Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt (2016/17)

Was macht die überzeugende Gestaltung eines Gebrauchsgegenstands aus? Und wie entsteht gutes Produktdesign? In der Ausstellung »Thinking Tools. Design als Prozess: Wie Schreibgeräte entstehen« warf das Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt am Main vom 24. September 2016 bis 29. Januar 2017 einen Blick hinter die Kulissen der Entstehung unserer Dingwelten. Am Beispiel der Firma Lamy zeigte die Ausstellung den Designprozess als ein komplexes Zusammenspiel zwischen Designern, Unternehmensleitung, Produktentwicklern und Marketing. Dazu werden erstmals Skizzen, Modelle und Prototypen präsentiert, die den langen Weg vom Entwurf zum Produkt anschaulich nachzeichnen. Illustrationen von Christoph Niemann, dessen Arbeiten u.a. aus dem New Yorker oder dem Zeit Magazin bekannt sind, ergänzten die Ausstellung durch humorvolle Statements zur Bedeutung von Stiften als »Thinking Tools« – als Werkzeuge, die uns dabei helfen, unsere Gedanken zu fassen und zu formen.

Alles neu! 100 Jahre Typografie und Neue Grafik in Frankfurt am Main

Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt (2016)

Nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg entstand in Frankfurt am Main ein einzigartiges Modernisierungs- und Gestaltungsprojekt, das als »Das Neue Frankfurt« vor allem in die Architekturgeschichte eingegangen ist. Es handelte sich dabei jedoch um ein sehr viel umfangreicheres Vorhaben, das politische, gesellschaftliche und gesamtkulturelle Dimensionen besaß und keinen geringeren Anspruch hatte, als eine neue Stadt und eine neue Gesellschaft zu erschaffen. In der Ausstellung »Alles neu!« wurde erstmalig eine systematische Aufarbeitung dieser Epoche für den Bereich Typografie und Grafikdesign vorgenommen. Angefangen in den 1920er Jahren – Ausgangspunkt und Zentrum ist die Neue Typgrafie in der Sammlung Philipp Albinus – spannt die Ausstellung einen Bogen über die Nachkriegszeit bis in die 1980er Jahre und wirft auch Spotlights auf die lebendige Designerszene heute. 

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Logo design by Alexandre Wollner in the exhibition “alex wollner brasil. Design visual” at Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt, 2013

​Exhibition design by DESERVE, Wiesbaden

alex wollner brasil. Design visual

Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt (2013)

Brazilian Alexandre Wollner studied at Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm from 1954 until 1958 at the invitation of Max Bill. After returning to Sao Paolo, he founded the first modern studio for visual design in Brazil. Wollner played a central role in establishing a Brazilian strand of graphic design that has emancipated itself from American paragons. He did so as a teacher at the academy in Rio de Janeiro, newly instituted following the example set by Hochschule für Gestaltung Ulm, but most of all with his own studio. The exhibition first introduced the European public to the work of the South American pioneer.

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Chaise Emmanuelle is shy

Emilie Voirin, 2010

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Magikal Miroir XL

View of the exhibition through the interactive mirror object by Alnoor design, 2012

C’est pas mon genre! On women. Design from France

Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt (2012)

The exhibition »C’est pas mon genre! On women. Design from France« came about in cooperation with the École supérieur d’art et design Saint-Étienne (ESADSE). The exhibition presented objects and graphic works by young French male and female designers, many of which played with gender specific clichés in ironic and joyful ways. Other works in the exhibition dealt with more problematic topics such as male violence towards women, prostitution, unwanted pregnancy or predominant gender roles. The exhibition was organized in collaboration with academy tutors Marc Monjou and Rodolphe Dogniaux.

Less and More. The design ethos of Dieter Rams

Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt (2010)

Dieter Rams is one of the pre-eminent industrial designers of the 20th century, both by virtue of his numerous designs for the firms Braun and vitsoe as well as through his qualities as the leader of a highly motivated team. In this way he has made the Braun brand an icon of design history. The exhibition »Less and More. The design ethics of Dieter Rams« was developed as a German-Japanese cooperation project and was shown in Osaka, Tokyo, London, Frankfurt, Seoul and San Francisco.

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Discussion event on the exhibition in Frankfurt: from left to right Klaus Klemp, Dieter Rams, Till Schneider, Fabian Wurm

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Less and More

Design Museum, London 2009/2010

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    Less and More

    Suntory Museum, Osaka, 2008

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Less and More

Suntory Museum, Osaka, 2008

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    Less and More

    Suntory Museum, Osaka, 2008

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Less and More

Suntory Museum, Osaka, 2008

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    symposium at Musashino Art University on occasion of the exhibition at Fuchu Art Museum, Tokyo, 2009

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    From left to right Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Shutaro Mukai, Tako Sato, Dieter Rams, Klaus Klemp

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symposium at Musashino Art University on occasion of the exhibition at Fuchu Art Museum, Tokyo, 2009

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Draft by Yuri Avvakumov

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View of the exhibition

fragile – the tsar’s table and the revolutionaries’ porcelain

Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt (2008)

In 2008, the dual show »fragile – the tsar’s table and the revolutionaries’ porcelain« at Schloss Bad Homburg and Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt for the first time showed extensive parts of the Kuskovo Russian State Porcelain Museum collection, which is located near Moscow. The display was structured to communicate both the complex historical and political contexts as well as the different levels of perception and semantic connotations of porcelain (space, body, surface, symbol, sound, interaction and performance) was developed together with Moscow architect and exhibition designer Yuri Avvakumov.

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Installation “ Sitzreihen ” (seating rows), GINBANDE (Uwe Fischer / Achim Heine) at Galerie im Karmeliterkloster, 1990 

Galerie im Karmeliterkloster (1990)

Klaus Kemp showed numerous, often space-based exhibitions on art and design at Städtische Galerie im Karmeliterkloster, established in 1988, over a period of ten years. One of the early exhibitions took place in the former cloister and featured Offenbach alumni Uwe Fischer and Achim Heine (GINBANDE) as well as Manfred Wolf und Jean-Marc da Costa (series raumleuchten).

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    Korea Power

    Exhibition rooms at Museum Angewandte Kunst

    Exhibition design by DESERVE, Wiesbaden

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Korea Power

Exhibition rooms at Museum Angewandte Kunst

Exhibition design by DESERVE, Wiesbaden

Korea Power

Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt (2013/14)

The exhibition »Korea Power« first provided an overview of Korean graphic and product design for a German audience. This included a comparative photo project by Dieter Leistner on the city spaces of Seoul and Pyongyang.

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    Korea – Korea, bus stops in Pyongyang and Seoul

    Dieter Leistner

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Korea – Korea, bus stops in Pyongyang and Seoul

Dieter Leistner

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Gallery White Block

Large format works by Tatjana Doll in the exhibition

Gallery White Block, Seoul

In 2011 an invitation to curate the inaugural exhibition at Gallery White Block in Seoul was received. Works by Tatjana Doll, Eberhard Havekost and Anton Stankowski were shown.

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Gallery White Block

Plan for space and hanging at the gallery

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Professorship in Design Theory and History

From winter semester 2014/15 Dr. Klaus Klemp, Deputy Director and curator for design at the Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt will fill the professorship for Theory of Design and HIstory of Design at HfG Offenbach.

Calendar

26 January 2015
26 January 2015 Monday

“Myths about Inspiration” lecture by Melanie Kurz

07:00 PM, Museum Angewandte Kunst
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