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Unplugged. Mirko Borsche. Design Works!
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich

Unplugged. Mirko Borsche. Design Works!
Pinakothek der Moderne, Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum, Munich, DE
January 13 – March 18, 2012

Statement: «Graphic design for the Bayerische Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra and Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich – but also for Munich’s subcultures. For the Bavarian State Opera – and the independent music label Gomma. For the Thalia Theater in Hamburg and fashion designer Kostas Murkudis in Berlin. Creative Director of the ZEITmagazin and the alternative Munich-based monthly newspaper ‘super paper’. In 2007 Mirko Borsche opened his own studio in Munich, Bureau Mirko Borsche which has received many international prizes for its work.
For the exhibition Mirko Borsche reduces the visual language of his original works to hand-painted posters, all in the size 70 x 100 cm. The abstraction of the original design ideas using black brushstrokes on a light grey background and the identical format whether for large posters or magazine covers or CD sleeves enable an unusual, new perspective of the work and creative approach of the Bureau Mirko Borsche.
An exhibition of Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich – in cooperation with Bureau Mirko Borsche. Kindly supported by Atelier Steffen Kehrle, Munich.»

«… With “unplugged” Mirko Borsche has also come up with a very contemporary answer to the question of how to exhibit graphic design? A solution that requires no display cases, no poster frames (complete with safety glass), no photographic reproductions. At his show entitled “Check my Machine” in the small Munich gallery of Kirsch & Co. (which could equally be termed a club venue), the cunning of this solution was already readily apparent. In the museum context this gets taken even further, the cunning with which he creates visual traps, and specifically in the art context of an institution such as Pinakothek der Moderne, where design and art interact under a single roof. An exhibition with no originals, like design? Or an exhibition exclusively with originals, like art? (Florian Hufnagl)»
(full text by Florian Hufnagl available at the Neue Sammlung’s website)