FINAL SALE – FROM DEPARTMENT STORES’ TO MUSEUM
AN EXHIBITION OF FORMER DEPARTMENT STORES FROM 1980 TO TODAY
Horten, Quelle, Hertie, Kaufhof and Karstadt – corporate names that are disappearing from German city centres. Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof is currently struggling with closure in instalments. With the creeping loss of the corporations, the distinctive lettering of the department stores’ chains is also being lost.
“FINAL SALE” tells the typographic and urban-historical stories of the letters and shows the former significance of the department stores and department stores with their architecture.
We invite you to discover the typographic department stores’ icons and to buy selected items in the exhibition: “Final Sale – from department stores’ to museum” runs until 17.09.2023 in the Buchstabenmuseum in the Stadtbahnbögen in the Hansaviertel.
COOPERATION WITH THE STAATSBIBLIOTHEK BERLIN
In the »Staatsbibliothek Berlin«, Unter den Linden, selected Ks from the collection of the Buchstabenmuseum point the way to the in-house museum "Kulturwerk".
INDIVIDUAL GUIDED TOURS
Discover our unique collection and learn the exciting background stories to our letters.
THE BOXED LETTER G
The making-of and how the boxed G of Wladimir Klitschko came to us.
Preservation and documentation of letters
The Buchstabenmuseum is the first museum in the world to collect letterforms from public spaces and display them as part of urban history. We preserve and document three-dimensional letters and signage, and their history, as well as providing information about their origins and construction. Our collection has captured the imagination of visitors from all around the world for over 10 years. Hundreds of letters have been saved from being battered by the elements or ending up on the scrap heap. A selection of what we offer can be found under » COLLECTION
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