art we like: fritz kahn

about a month ago we visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art with Tae’s parents as well as my aunt and uncle, who are tour guides at the PMA. there was an amazing exhibit on the fashion design of Roberto Capucci and a beautiful show of Italian landscapes by George Inness. there was also a quirky installation entitled “Health for Sale” that displayed posters of advertisements for cure-all medicines, anatomical charts, and warnings against illicit drugs. one poster in particular caught my eye:

the title, in English, is “Man as Industrial Palace” and was a 1926 rendering by Fritz Kahn of the respiratory and digestive system of the human body as a chemical plant (Germany’s chemical production was the most advanced in the world at that time). the design of the poster is pretty interesting, but even more intriguing was a 2010 video by Henning Lederer that takes Kahn’s poster and turns it into animation.

how cool is that? i love all the little factory workers calmly pulling the levers and frantically running all the switchboards in the brain.

[posted by Jeff]


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