300,000
photos stored
in 200 banana
boxes

Born in Indonesia, Marion Schweitzer grew up in Switzerland. A committed photo dealer, she ran her own photo library, based in the Schwabing area of Munich, well into her latter years. From the early 1950s onwards, right up to the 1990s, she was Germany’s top address for society and fashion photography and brought the world of stars and scandals to Munich. Schweitzer died in 2004, aged 82, leaving an archive of more than 300,000 original photographs stashed away in about 200 banana boxes. Today her legacy is administrated by the Bloom advertising agency.

Schweitzer’s fascinating collection went on show to the public for the very first time as part of a Munich art trail called the Designparcours – in an exhibition designed by TULP. Rather than mounting a classic photo show, we wanted to present her works by “staging” them in different ways that would reflect the diversity of her archive. Working our way through her vast legacy of images and subjects, the team at TULP considered the various options for hanging them and came up with numerous solutions – all of them representing a conscious departure from classic hangings. Instead, our idea was for visitors to the exhibition to experience her works as a series of objects framed by an unusual architecture.

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