Designing Through the Wall: Cyan in the 1990s

June 20–October 6, 2019

Born in East Berlin, Detlaf Fiedler and Daniela Haufe started the commercial graphic design agency Cyan soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. They would go on to become some of the first poster artists to utilize early desktop publishing tools like Photoshop and QuarkXPress into their work, while also looking back and drawing from the intellectual history of the famous Bauhaus art academy.

Cyan expands upon Germany’s rich history as a leader in the printmaking world, their posters bursting with saturated colors, perfectly-executed text, and a precision of alignment few could replicate. They turn the tenets of “good design” on their head, proving that advertising does not necessarily need to be immediately interpretable to be successful. This Jewel Box show presents their early posters for the first time in New York City.

  • Exhibition Design
  • Angelina Lippert
  • Located
  • Ola Baldych
  • Visitor Information
  • Jewel Box Gallery
  • Parental Guidance
  • Allot approximately 15 min
  • Curator
  • Classic nudes
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Selected Artworks


Magmec Berlin, 1991


Bobeobi, 1996


Bauhaus Program März, 1996


Bauhaus Program Januar Februar, 1993


Bauhaus Program Mai, 1996


Bauhaus Program März Apri, 1995


Experimental Studio Dessau Nord, 1992


Bauhaus Program Juli August, 1994

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