Exhibition design: Linder Femme/Objet

Following our February issue feature on how APFEL worked with architects Carmody Groarke and artist Linder on the design of a major retrospective of Linder’s work, here are photographs of the now open show and of the accompanying publication…

Artist Linder created some of Punk’s most famous imagery. For a feature In the current, February issue of Creative Review magazine we spoke to A Practice For Everyday Life (APFEL) and to Linder herself about how they collaborated, along with architects Carmody Groarke, to design the major retrospective show of the artist’s work currently showing at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris…

When we put the aforementioned feature together (opening spread, shown above), the exhibition hadn’t been installed or photographed but we illustrated the piece with numerous images of Linder’s work and also with images of various elements of APFEL’s graphic design work relating to both the design of the show, and of an accompanying publication, created in the style of a fanzine.

We’ve unlocked the feature online for this week only so even non-CR-subscribers can read it here, and here we’ve posted photographs taken last week at the freshly opened Linder Femme / Objet show in Paris.

The exhibition design features the use of fabric divider curtains to create and separate spaces within the exhibition, and a bespoke typeface entitled Linderama created by APFEL based on the typography on the cover of Buzzcocks single Orgasm Addict (art directed by Malcolm Garrett) which featured one of Linder’s most famous images.

As well as working on the exhibition design with Carmody Groarke, APFEL also designed the exhibition’s accompanying publication, for which Linder created a new artwork to adorn the cover (below), known affectionately in APFEL’s studio as ‘sorbet girl’.

The design inspiration for the publication came from fanzines created by Linder herself in the 70s and also from two packages of material which Linder sent to APFEL early on in the project.

“One package was full of images of nice things like roses and cakes,” recalls APFEL’s Emma Thomas, “and then the other one was full of 70s porn mags.” It was these magazine layouts, particularly the typography in them and the way images bleed over the edges of the pages that helped inform the look and feel of the exhibition publication, spreads below:


Read our feature on the exhibition design either in our February print issue or on our February iPad issue or online in the current issue section of the site, here.

Linder Femme/Objet runs until April 21 at teh Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, mam.paris.fr.

Linder fans should also note her forthcoming exhibition, The Ultimate Form, at the Hepworth Wakefield gallery in May. More info at hepworthwakefield.org.

See more of APFEL’s work at apracticeforeverydaylife.com.

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