Exhibition about fake news in Stapferhaus museum in Lenzburg

On Sunday 28 October, the exhibition ‘FAKE. Die ganze Wahrheit’ (FAKE. The whole Truth) opened in the new building of the Stapferhaus museum in the Swiss town of Lenzburg. The exhibition design was made by the Amsterdam design agency Kossmann.dejong.

Stapferhaus in Lenzburg is a unique museum without a permanent collection that is especially well-known for its exhibitions about contemporary topics. The first exhibition in the new museum building is about truth and lies in the broadest sense: from innocent white lies to fake products and fake profiles on the internet, to ‘alternative facts’ and fake news. It is an exhibition about the usefulness and necessity of lying, but also about the detrimental sides of the issue.

The Stapferhaus has been renamed the ‘Amt für die ganze Wahrheit’ (Department of the whole Truth) for this exhibition. The visitor has to pass a number of desks and will discover that the theme has many unexpected sides. The exhibition challenges visitors to engage in discussion about truth and lies in the private sphere and in the public domain.

Kossmann.dejong was involved from the concept phase in the architectural design of the new building, which was designed by the Swiss architectural firm pool Architekten. The guiding principle of the design was an exhibition building with unlimited possibilities. A black box in which the most varied multimedia exhibitions can be realised.

‘It is wonderful to be able to make an exhibition in this exciting new building for the renowned Stapferhaus, which already has a long tradition of shaping topical subjects into exhibitions for a broad audience,’ says Herman Kossmann, director of Kossmann.dejong.

Kossmann.dejong previously made the design for the permanent exhibition space of the Museum of Communication in Bern, Switzerland. ‘FAKE. Die ganze Wahrheit’ can be visited in Stapferhaus, Lenzburg (CH) from 28 October 2018.