The Stasi Record Archive in Berlin located at the grounds of the former Stasi headquarters, now Campus for Democracy, are dedicated to the Ministry of State Security, the secret police of the former GDR (German Democratic Republic).
On June 16, 2018, the permanent exhibition dedicated to the Stasi Archive called “Access to Secrecy” opened in a newly renovated part of the Stasi Record Archive called "Haus 7". The exhibition spreads over 4 floors.
"A monument of surveillance"- this is how the Stasi Records Archive could be described. It stores 111 kilometres of documents that hold a massive amount of personal data about citizens, collected by the Stasi.
The exhibition shows not only the system of archiving and collecting documents, but also the ways and effects of surveillance of specific people. Pictures of devices for citizen surveillance, document archiving and even the documents themselves are presented on printed glass panes.
, working as general contractor in close co-operation with curators, took care of the graphic, media and structural implementation of the exhibition. They combined high-quality materials such as glass and metal with modern graphic approaches. The individual exhibition areas are characterized by their own scenography.
Recreated archive rooms include typical elements such as metal shelves covered with glass. Toughened extra clear Pilkington Optiwhite™
low-iron glass was used for this purpose. In some parts it was digitally printed with the use of UV printing technology.
The glass fully covered with pictures showing old archives are made with the use of EVA film lamination technology on toughened extra clear Pilkington Optiwhite™
The glass for this contemporary exhibition was processed and installed by the Polish company “Szkło” Zakład Szklarski S.C.
from Szczecin. The exhibition consists of over 6 tons of glass and structure and over 200 square metres of graphics printed on glass in size up to 3600 x 2300 mm.
The excellent work of German graphic designers, modern equipment for glass processing and high quality extra clear Pilkington Optiwhite™
low-iron glass resulted in modern exhibition display making a great impression on visitors to the museum.