Episode 80: The Museum for Communication

museum for communication berlin roberta caldas

Location:

Leipziger Str. 16, 10117 Berlin

Facts:

  • World’s oldest postal museum
  • Home to the Blue and Red Mauritius

Does beauty lie in the eye of the beholder? Some people will argue that yes, it does. Others will say that all things perceived as beautiful are in fact a product of perfect proportions calculated by a formula known as the golden ratio. These people will argue that the golden ratio can be found from nature’s most perfect creations to the most successful man made designs. Created in the 19th century, the idea became widely known and was entitled as the Theory of Everything. Isn’t that cool?

Good news today is that the Museum for Communication just opened a temporary exhibition about the golden ratio and the Theory of Everything. The exhibition tells the history of this idea and invites the public to try it themselves by looking and analyzing everyday objects, utensils and even architectural designs. In fact, one of the buildings discussed there is Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation that we discussed on Episode 72. Anyway, the key to the exhibition is to test how objects communicate to us through the golden ratio.

Really, this exhibition is essential if you want to think of art and design more critically. To go to the Museum for Communication also knowing a bit more about its super interesting history, check out the talk below. What are you waiting for?

Photo and episode: Roberta Caldas

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