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Creative project Factory
Installationsansicht von Cy Twomblys Lepantosaal im Museum Brandhorst in München

Key data

Techniques: Drawing, Three dimensional design
I can do alone: Yes
Required time: < 45 minutes
City: Home
Theme world: Space


Do all exhibition spaces always look the same? How are works of art exhibited there? What effect does space have on an exhibition? Some artworks are even specially designed for a specific space. The planning of an exhibition is very important in order to present artworks in the best possible way. Curators therefore develop a suitable spatial concept using a model. In this project, experiment with different design possibilities and develop a room concept for a work of art of your choice with the help of the instructions!

Instructions for making it yourself

You will need

  • pens
  • paper
  • model building material


  • PC / tablet
  • construction program


The “Lepanto” cycle by Cy Twombly (2001) shown here refers to a specific naval battle: the Battle of Lepanto. It evokes specific cultural spaces that clashed and fought for supremacy in 1571. The work was conceived and first exhibited in the Arsenale of Venice: a former shipyard where many of the ships involved in the battle were built. Since 2009, the cycle has been exhibited in this room, which was designed specifically for it.

"A gallery is constructed along laws as rigorous as those for building a medieval church. The outside world must not come in [...] Walls are painted white. The ceiling becomes the source of light."

Brian O’Doherty


Ponder this

Does this also apply to your space? What advantages or disadvantages do white walls offer? Is white always neutral?

Step 1

Choose an artwork for which you would like to design an exhibition space.



You can choose your own artwork or one from our collection and present it in a new way.

Explained briefly

Curators oversee a museum’s collections and plan exhibitions. In order to “play” with rooms in the best possible way and to provide visitors with a special spatial experience, they usually use a 3-D model for planning. This represents the architecture of the museum or gallery space. It can also be created digitally using software. In this way, curators place the artworks in miniature in the room and develop a design concept.


Find out:

  • What is a “white cube”?
  • Since when have paintings been exhibited on white walls?
  • Can you think why this is so?


How and where else are works of art exhibited?

Work in pairs

Introduce your rooms to each other and compare them!

Delve deeper

Artwork Factory

Artwork Cy Twombly, Lepanto Cycle, 2001

The “Lepanto” cycle is one of Cy Twombly’s major works and consists of twelve paintings that are exhibited permanently in a separate room at Museum Brandhorst. Vibrant hues in a broad palette of yellows, reds, turquoise and aquamarine define the drama of the monumental paintings. The action on the canvases intensifies, all the artist’s painting tools and painterly gestures are used expressively.