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Sondermarken
Different designs of special stamps for the Federal Ministry of Finance 2018 – 2020. A commemorative stamp is a postage stamp, often issued on a significant date such as an anniversary, to honor or commemorate a place, event, person, or object. The subject of the commemorative stamp is usually spelled out in print, unlike definitive stamps which normally depict the subject along with the denomination and country name only.

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Wilhelm Sasnal. Night Day Night
Carina Plath, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster; Beatrix Ruf, Kunsthalle Zürich (Hg.), Texte von Carina Plath, Beatrix Ruf, Ulrich Loock, Wilhelm Sasnal im Interview mit Andrzej Przywara (dt./engl.), 153 S. mit 86 farb. und 29 s/w Abb., Hatje Cantz Verlag

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Mario Pfeifer
The new monograph on Mario Pfeifer’s work in film and video. This bilingual (DE/EN) and internationally distributed publication follows Pfeifer‘s first comprehensive solo exhibition in Canada / North America at The Power Plant, Toronto.The Power Plant The exhibition was curated by Director Gaëtane Verna with the assistance of Nabila Abdel Nabi. The publication includes essays by Georg Imdahl on the artist’s socio-political investigations and Nomaduma Rosa Masilela on Pfeifer’s first live performance work. A conversation between Pfeifer and Canadian artist Stan Douglas weaves through the historical and contemporary issues of image production, music, pop culture and politics of the now.

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documenta. Politik und Kunst
The “d” is documenta’s distinctive mark and the defining element of the communication media for the DHM exhibition documenta. Politics and Art. The geometrically constructed letter takes up the history of graphic images — from the first documenta in 1955 to documenta X in 1997. Historical photographs of the major international exhibition are used, which are given a common identifying mark in the form of the “d”. The resulting surfaces are overprinted with colours that also go back to historical originals. The form and colours pay tribute to the visual diversity of the graphic design of the international exhibition. A typographic element with the correct counting of the respective exhibitions is introduced as a supplement.

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Gridless Notations
Diagrams explain the important themes for designers: „looking at ideas“, „taste classified“ and „What you have to say“ as the basis of creative output.

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The Hospitality of Presence
Daniel Birnbaum’s The Hospitality of Presence is a study of the concept of otherness in Edmund Husserl’s phenomenology. In the late 1990s it gained international attention in academic circles. It was reviewed favorably in specialized philosophy journals such as Review of Metaphysics and quoted extensively, most notably by Paul Ricoeur in one of the legendary French thinker’s last books. It has long been out of print. The Danish artist Olafur Eliasson has produced a special project for this new edition.

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German Design Award 2022
Digital campaign in collaboration with Oliver Hardt
Inspired by the work of the visionary designer and design theorist Horst Rittel, who coined the term “Wicked Problems” together with Melvin Webber in the 1970s, respect is paid to the processuality and mode of action of design thinking and the resulting performance of design.

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Bungalow
The title design of the film production “Bungalow” for ARTE/HR is based on the design idea of Armin Hoffmann’s methodical exercises for graphic arts classes at the arts and crafts department of the Allgemeine Gewerbeschule Basel. These kinetic movements mask the start and end sequences of Stefanie Appel’s film as a composition with the typographic elements.

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Sunah Choi
Artist Sunah Choi Sunah Choi is interested in processes of abstraction as applied to concrete moments in time, places, and phenomena.
Her sculptures, installations, and photographs probe the substance and formal structure of objects. By resolving observations into compositions and arrangements or condensing them in sculptures, she explores the aesthetic quality of selected aspects of nature and vernacular culture. Choi received Hannah-Höch-Förderpreis 2018, an award given out by the State of Berlin to a rising female artist in recognition of her growing oeuvre’s outstanding quality. This book, which contains three multipage inserts, presents a richly illustrated survey of Choi’s work of the past ten years, accompanied by a conversation between Sunah Choi, Thomas Bayrle Thomas Bayrle, and Markus Weisbeck. Markus Weisbeck With essays by Sabeth Buchmann and Andreas Schlaegel.

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Städelschule Architecture Class
2020
Based on the abbreviation of the institutional name, Städelschule Architecure Class, the new brand focuses on the modified alphabetical character SAC. Following this abstraction again, the single letters form a graphical construction as image frames from Schmott photographers. These constructs are based on divisions as the principle of a specific area which is required for positioning the pragmatic information more playful.

About the studio
Studio Markus Weisbeck is a creative studio for corporate, cultural design and visual research. Besides working for notable brands, the Studio is increasingly busy in the fields of contemporary and performing arts, architecture, music and exhibition. The conceptual approach of design and strategy derives solely from the content of the enquirer and develops accordingly. Numerous projects were developed for non-specific areas and published as author-design. The management is lead by designer Markus Weisbeck Wikipedia AGI, who founded the studio in 1997 and is teaching as professor at the Bauhaus University Weimar. Visuelle Kommunikation Bauhaus Universität Weimar
Among its clients Studio Markus Weisbeck counts nationally and internationally renowned companies and cultural institutions, such as the Serpentine Gallery; the Zumtobel AG, Galerie Buchholz; Hugo Boss; Sternberg Press; the Deutsches Historisches Museum; the Jewish Museum; the Manifesta; Siemens Foundation; Documenta; Luma Arles; Federal Foreign Office; Federal Ministry of Finance; William Forsythe, Städelschule Frankfurt; Museum of Modern Art Frankfurt; Deutsche Bank as well as Klassik Stiftung Weimar and Fogo Island Art.

FAQ
Is Surface Gesellschaft für Gestaltung still existing?

Surface continues to operate as a minimum until 2024 until contractually secured design commissions are finally realised.

Why this change of name?

The focus of the subject areas is now on author design and less on purely graphic services. The visual research developed in recent years supports this design consistency.

Publications
1999

Whereishere? Laurence King Publishing, UK
Techno Style Edition Olms, Switzerland

2000

Trade Scalo Publishers, Switzerland
Lürzers Archive Austria

2001

Lürzers Archive Austria
Sampler, Laurence King Publishing, UK

2002

Monographical Article IDEA Magazine, Japan

2003

Lürzers Archive Austria
Legable Graphics, Japan
Helvetica Lars Müller Publishers, Switzerland
Graphic Design for the 21st Century Taschen, Germany
Typo-Graphics: The Art and Science of Type Design in Context Rotovision, USA

2004

Dos Logos Gestalten Verlag, Germany
This Gun Is for Hire Gestalten Verlag, Germany
Sonic Gestalten Verlag, Germany

2005

Monography Surface, Youth Press, China
Whitney Bienniale “Peace Tower” NYC, USA
032c Magazine Germany

2006

Vorn Magazine Germany

2007

The conditions of Graphic Design IDEA Magazine, Japan
The Layout Look Book I HarperCollins Publishers, USA
New Typographic Design Laurence King Publishing, UK
Kelvin – Colour Today, Gestalten Verlag, Germany
Serialize Gestalten Verlag, Germany
Design Evolution Rockport, USA
Coporate Identity und Corporate Design av Edition, Germany
New Visual Works: German Graphic Style LST, China
Quest, Germany

2008

Area 2 Phaidon, UK
Dry Design, Pie Books, Japan

2009

Los Logos 4 Gestalten Verlag, Germany
23rd International Biennial of Graphic Design, Tschechien
60 Jahre Grafik-Design der Bundesrepublik, FAZ, Germany
Goethe Institut, Designtrends Germany
Studio Culture, uniteditions, UK

2010

The Layout Look Book II HarperCollins Publishers, USA
The Designers Graphic Stew Rockport Publishers, USA
Los Logos 5 Gestalten Verlag, Germany

2011

Markus Weisbeck Surface, Lukas & Sternberg, Sternberg Press, Germany / USA
One by One, Hesign, Germany / China

2014

Vorn, Gestalten, Germany
Space For Visual Research, Spector Books, Germany
This New World, about Muriel Cooper, Frieze 3/2014

2015

360 Design, Sandupublishing, China
Markus Weisbeck in Teheran, Idea, Iran
Anschlag Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland AGI Coexistence,
Biel, Switzerland
Das Bauhaus. From Thuringia. EXPO Milan, Italy
Markus Weisbeck in Teheran, Teheran, Iran
Murial Cooper Composings, MAK, Frankfurt, Germany
Space for Visual Research, Kai Middendorff Galerie, Frankfurt, Germany
Vom Mut zum eigenen Bild Welt, Swantje Karich

2016

German Design Award 2016, German Design Council, Germany
Futura Superstar! Felicitas Rhan, FAZ
Die besten Plakate aus Berlin, Print wirkt, Der Tagesspiegel
un Magazine [issue 6.1], un Magazine
AGI LOVE SEOUL, Seoul, Korea
New Everything! – A Century of New Typography and New Graphic Design in Frankfurt,
MAK, Frankfurt, Germany
Anschlag Berlin, Berlin, Germany

2017

ABCstract, Kai Middendorff Galerie, Frankfurt, Germany

2019

Gwangju Design Biennale 2019, Gwangju, Korea
Y Show, Macau, China
Alliance Graphique Internationale, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Manifest of Practice, The Representation of the Free State of Thuringia, Berlin, Germany
Manifest of Practice, La Paz, Bolivia

Exhibitions
1996

IDCA, International Design Conference, Aspen/Colorado, USA

1997

Muse de la Poste, Paris, France

2001

Didalic Convention, Museum für angewandte Kunst, Wien, Österreich
Trade, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Schweiz

2002

Foto Biennale Rotterdam, Niederlande
Die Kraft der Negation, Volksbühne Berlin / Schauspielhaus Köln, Deutschland
(mit Nikolaus Hirsch & Michel Müller)
Mapping, 1822-Forum, Frankfurt/M, Deutschland

2003

Utopia Station, Biennale di Venezia, Italien
Soundchambers, Museum Serralves, Porto, Lissabon,
Portugal (mit Nikolaus Hirsch & Michel Müller)

2004

Emotion One, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt/M, Deutschland
Utopia Station, Haus der Kunst München, Deutschland

2006

Peace Tower, Whitney Bienniale, New York, USA
Protections, Kunsthaus Graz, Österreich
International Poster Exhibition, Tokushima, Japan

2007

Dimension der Fläche – Kommunikationsdesign in Deutschland, Designhaus, Darmstadt

2008

GestalteCreate, 175 Jahre HfG Offenbach, MAK, Frankfurt, Deutschland

2009

23rd International Biennial of Graphic Design, Brno, Tschechien
Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Deutschland
Surface, Design Hessen, Darmstadt, Deutschland

2010

Krome Gallery, Soloshow, Berlin, Deutschland
Haus der Kunst, München, Thomas Mayfried, ephemera, grafik design etc.

2011

The Office Gallery, Frankfurt, Deutschland
Krome Gallery, Soloshow, Berlin, Deutschland
24rd International Biennial of Graphic Design, Brno, Tschechien
Melanchotopia, Witte de With – Center for Contemporary Art, Netherlands

2012

Past Present Fortune, Galerie Kai Middendorf
The Future Archive, NBK Berlin
Anschlag Berlin, Berlin, Germany

2015

Anschlag Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland
AGI Coexistence, Biel, Switzerland
William Forsythe – The Fact of Matter with Works from the MMK Collection,
Frankfurt, Germany
Das Bauhaus. From Thuringia. EXPO Milan, Italy
Markus Weisbeck in Teheran, Teheran, Iran
Murial Cooper Composings, MAK, Frankfurt, Germany
Space for Visual Research, Kai Middendorff Galerie, Frankfurt, Germany

2016

AGI LOVE SEOUL, Seoul, Korea
German Design Award, Frankfurt, Germany
New Everything! – A Century of New Typography and New Graphic Design in Frankfurt,
MAK, Frankfurt, Germany
Anschlag Berlin, Berlin, Germany

2017

Markus Weisbeck, Dalian, China
Markus Weisbeck in Teheran, Teheran, Iran
ABCstract, Kai Middendorff Galerie, Frankfurt, Germany

2019

Gwangju Design Biennale 2019, Gwangju, Korea
Y Show, Macau, China
Manifest of Practice, The Representation of the Free State of Thuringia, Berlin, Germany
Manifest of Practice, La Paz, Bolivia
Manifest of Practice, Quito & Guayaquil, Ecuador

Frankfurt am Main

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