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Miscellaneous > 17.4 Exhibition Design

FAKE. The Whole Truth

by Kossmanndejong

On 28 October 2018, the exhibition ‘FAKE. Die ganze Wahrheit’ (FAKE. The Whole Truth) opened in the new building of the Stapferhaus museum in the Swiss town of Lenzburg. The exhibition design was made by the Amsterdam design agency Kossmann.dejong exhibition architects.
Stapferhaus in Lenzburg is a unique museum without a permanent collection that is especially well-known for its exhibitions about contemporary topics. The first exhibition in the new museum building is about truth and lies in the broadest sense: from innocent white lies to fake products and fake profiles on the internet, to ‘alternative facts’ and fake news. It is an exhibition about the usefulness and necessity of lying, but also about the detrimental sides of the issue.
Fake news, fake profiles, and fake products; corporations that cheat; athletes who take drugs; politicians who don’t tell the truth: never before have we been surrounded by so much that is fake. And we’re right in the thick of it, asking ourselves: What’s genuine? What’s true? What’s a lie? Who can we trust? Who should we be able to trust?
For the duration of the FAKE exhibition, the Stapferhaus has been renamed the ‘Amt für die ganze Wahrheit’ (Department of the Whole Truth). The visitor has to pass a number of nine desks and will discover that the theme has many unexpected sides. The exhibition challenges visitors to engage in discussion about truth and lies in the private sphere and in the public domain. They encounter people in positions of responsibility struggling for the truth. They marvel at lying fish, talk about honesty in love, and the expression of civilities in everyday life. And they heed the call of the chief civil servant: ‘The Truth Needs You!’ The exhibition is in German, French and English.
‘It was wonderful to be able to make an exhibition in this exciting new building for the renowned Stapferhaus, which already has a long tradition of shaping topical subjects into exhibitions for a broad audience,’ says Herman Kossmann, director of Kossmann.dejong.
‘FAKE. The Whole Truth’ can be visited in museum Stapferhaus, Lenzburg (CH) till 24 November 2019.

  • Creative Directors
  • Art Directors Kossmann.dejong exhibition architects
  • Designers Kossmann.dejong exhibition architects
  • Illustrators
  • Photographers Thijs Wolzak
  • Editors
  • Copywriters
  • Light Design Tokyo Blue, Meier & Mathis Schreinerei
  • film, animations Shosho, Lucid
  • decor, construction Kloosterboer Decor
  • AV Tweaklab
  • Concept Museum Stapferhaus: Sibylle Lichtensteiger, Daniel Tyradellis
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