Curator:Thomas Koch WaldnerArchitecture: Eva MairArt Direction exhibition design: Nike Auer, Eva Mair, Claudia PolizziArt Direction Visual Communication and design: Nike Auer, Claudia PolizziType Design: Alessio D‘EllenaCoordination of content production: Nike Auer, Claudia PolizziFoto:altrospaziophotograhy.comIllustration:Nike Auer, Claudia Polizzi
In collaboration with: Ufficio Beni archeologici Bolzano, Universität InnsbruckOrganizer:Municipality of Stelvio Paese
Der EinstiegThe permanent exhibition “Der Einstieg. Bergbau und Siedlungen am Ortler / Miniere e insediamenti all’Ortles” in Stilfs / Stelvio in South Tyrol offers a first introduction to the history of mining in the Ortler area. The exhibition space has been inserted into the old building as an independent shell - a “room in a room” - which penetrates the facade of the old fire station at three points and becomes visible and accessible from the outside. Inside, the black bowl opens to a natural shaft. Small showcases have worked in the walls. Like small treasure boxes, they illuminate the exhibits and the dark room. The exhibited objects, pictures, videos and infographics tell and illustrate how the extraction and processing of copper dates back to prehistoric times and over the centuries has led to the development of settlements in the region.
“Der Einstieg” in German can be read in several ways. The most common meaning is “starting point” (often used to indicate also the beginning of a mountain path). In this case, the term was chosen as the title of the permanent exhibition that marks the beginning of the archaeological and historical investigation of Stelvio and its surroundings.
The identity of the space is composed of a set of elements that make it outstanding: the typeface designed for the exhibition space, the treatment of photographic images for the communication material, the chromatic range deriving from the oxidation of copper and the black color of the background that coins the visual identity and connects with the exhibition space.