Philipp Paulsen

phillip paulsen kriegswirtschaftsmuseum

Reconstruction of the German Museum of War Time Economy (Deutsches Kriegswirtschaftsmuseum Leipzig). Installation (metal construction, silk print on linoleum), 2011. Installation view at Kunstverein Leipzig.

 

phillip paulsen kriegswirtschaftsmuseum

Reconstruction of the German Museum of War Time Economy (Deutsches Kriegswirtschaftsmuseum Leipzig). Installation, detail. 2011

 

phillip paulsen kriegswirtschaftsmuseum

Reconstruction of the German Museum of War Time Economy (Deutsches Kriegswirtschaftsmuseum Leipzig). Picture postcard, re-print on yellow paper, 2011

 

phillip paulsen kriegswirtschaftsmuseum

Reconstruction of the German Museum of War Time Economy (Deutsches Kriegswirtschaftsmuseum Leipzig). Installation (metal construction, silk print on linoleum, paper brochures), 2011

 

Leipzig based graphic designer Philipp Paulsen has researched the little known German Museum of War Time Economy, developed by Otto Neurath and his team during the late First World War years. The museum however didn’t feature what you would expect with such a title – war machinery or similar objects – but turned to the individuals‘ everyday economies of survival within a state directed war economy. It discussed the informal economies developed during war times and tried to keep information about these economies alive for future generations (but was closed soon). Since not much is left of the museum Paulsens reconstruction fills a gap in our knowledge about Otto Neuraths engagement preceeding the Bavarian Soviet Republic in 1919 and the opening of the Social and Economic Museum (Gesellschafts- und Wirtschaftsmuseum) in Vienna 1925. The installation was developed for the Raum der Gegenwart exhibition at Kunstverein Leipzig.

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