Markus Dohner, Communication Design Pathways, completed the exhibition design for the Eskenazi Museum of Art, located on the campus of Indiana University, Bloomington. “This project covers more than 27,000 square feet of gallery art collections,” says Dohner, “my largest exhibition design project so far. My challenge was to create a re-installation that harmonizes with renowned architect I.M. Pei’s interior as well as show the museum’s art objects to their best advantage.”
Dohner says, “One common element in the galleries is the concrete columns that impact the circulation and view. I folded these into walls in many ways to create sight lines to see art and enhance the viewer’s experience.” One of his challenges was to design the art installation that harmonized with and complemented I.M. Pei’s architecture while appearing fresh and updated.
His installation designs had to offer maximum flexibility to accommodate experimentation and to rotate works from storage into public view. Dohner created designs for cases, platforms, and built-in cases with interior LED lighting, along with the new gallery walls and circulation through the exhibit spaces. The entire museum renovation took three years to finish and had a $30 million budget.
For more information, contact Dohner, (212) 217-5490.