The Craft of Creating Wall Texts at the Guggenheim

Go behind-the-scenes with Guggenheim graphic designer Peter Castro and design firm T.E. Black Studio during the wall text installation of “Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892–1897.” Most wall texts at the Guggenheim Museum are applied using silkscreen printing, a process more typically used on fabric or paper. As shown in the video above, paint is pushed through a fine mesh onto the wall, leaving crisp lettering behind.

Mystical Symbolism is the first-ever museum presentation on the Salon de la Rose+Croix (R+C), an annual exhibition in Paris established by the eccentric French author and critic Joséphin Péladan. Favoring the spiritual, imaginary, and stylized, the R+C artists employed an enigmatic strain of Symbolism in their quest for the Ideal. The exhibition, on view at the Guggenheim June 30–October 4, 2017, includes only works that were shown in Péladan’s Salons and features lush furnishings and music to convey the spirit of the original exhibitions.
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