gebr.silvestri is a Amsterdam-based design studio. We – Adrian Silvestri-Chyle and Stefan Silvestri – work as art directors and designers in two and three dimensions. We produce visual solutions in media ranging from print to online to 3D. Our projects range from brand identities and books through products to exhibition and stage design.
Following our five-year training in two- and three-dimensional design at Schule für Gestaltung St. Gallen and at Globus in St. Gallen in our native Switzerland, we both studied graphic design at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Our design studio gebr.silvestri has been in business since 1994.
We have been giving workshops in typography and the language of images at Merz Akademie in Stuttgart since 1996 and teaching at Design Academy Eindhoven since 2004. In the past we gave workshops at Ecole des Beaux Arts in Mulhouse (1998–1999) and we taught at St Joost Akademie in Breda (2002–2004).
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Based on its 2013 exhibit ‘Histories in conflict’, Munich’s Haus der Kunst exemplifies what Nigerian-born curator and writer Okwui Enwezor has described as ‘reflexive museum’: committed to contemporary art, while simultaneously examining and mediating the historical dimension of the contemporary. For this exhibition, Haus der Kunst invited Swiss conceptual artist Christian Philipp Müller to develop a dramaturgy that traced the building's history. Müller asked us to join him in creating the exhibition architecture.
Working in collaboration with Christian Philipp Müller and using his concept for the celebration of the 75thanniversary of Haus der Kunst as our point of departure, we selected historically significant documentary photographs and texts and applied those within the various themes developed in three halls and a stairwell. In our design, we chose to combine texts with other black-and-white images in floor-to-ceiling prints on the walls of one of the halls. This large format created a monumentally static but cinema-like impression of the different periods that Haus der Kunst has survived.
Concept: Christian Philipp Müller
see also: Christian Philipp Müller: ‘Portrait of the museum as a chair: Typology of all 54 chairs in use at the National Museum of Art, Osaka’ Haus der Kulturen der Welt: Christian Philipp Müller ‘The spirit of the Haus: 20 years of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 1989–2009’Kunstmuseum Basel – Museum für Gegenwartskunst: ‘Christian Philipp Müller’